It began with a pen

It wasn’t even one of my pens, it was a pen I had bought my husband at a local art shop. I didn’t realize what this was going to turn into at the time…

The pen…an Alibi from London

The problem…it ran out of ink. I searched online & in every office supply store I could think of, looking for a ceramic-pen JUMBO refill made by MICRO #92001 0.5…nothing. Then, I searched for ANY pen refill that was remotely close in shaped to the tip of this one…again nothing. It wasn’t torture though, I (well my whole family) have a thing for pens so muddling around stationary sections in stores is a pretty usual occurrence. But I did carry these empty pen guts in my handbag for over a year asking any and every shop keep..do you have this?..do you have something like this?… sad I know.

Along came an online shop that carried Japanese pens & refills…JetPens

I found a perfect fit refill by OHTO the OHTO C-305P (just incase you are searching too) it comes in black, blue & blueblack…problem solved!

well…that was until I had one look around their website, any pen lover will instantly begin to salivate. blah..blah black, blah..blah blue..Pilot, UNI, Zebra & Pentel is what we find in most American stores, but these companies are actually Japanese companies and they are seriously holding back on style in the American market (probably not by choice…some marketers think we like it bland here in the states) I found pens from those familiar companies in amazing colors, shapes, materials & sizes (both pen barrels & nib sizes). I found things I never knew existed…

SUN-STAR SharPits Lead Holder, basically it’s a mechanical pencil with big 2mm leads & a funny little lead sharpener. I bought the B grade leads as I really like a softish dark lead for sketching & writing. 

I needed a quirky eraser for my new pencil… Sun-Star Mignon Mini Twist. The eraser is actually x shaped..I don’t know why?… buts still it’s CUTE!

This pen was a…”I NEED TO HAVE THIS PEN”…Kuretake Zig Letter Pen COCOIRO. There are so many body colors to choose from, traditional neutrals, super brights & soft candy colors. Oh and the Refills…well there are 12 colors to choose from…gray, rose, sunset, mint. I went with a lovely brown sepia. It has a fine felt tip that does give the look of old-timey writing & is a bit spotty, but I love it!

The only down side to this is, they are sold separately, the pen body is empty when it comes to you :(

I am crazy for needle-point pens. I love the incredibly thin writing line…yes, sometimes they can be scratchy & a bit uncomfortable for long term use, usually due to the sleek skinny pen barrel. But I found a super chubby 7.0mm pen! The Pilot Down Force Ballpoint. It has the needle-point that I love, a crazy big side spring clip, a fatty barrel in outrageous colors..oh yeah and I got GREEN pen refills..who has those???  …they do.

I love pens … if you love pens, you’ll sympathize with this post. If you don’t love pens…maybe this will inspire you to find the beauty in everyday items.