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Friday, May 22, 2015

Got a rocket in your pocket?

I enjoyed this New York Times article on pens. I love finding the right pen. Was a Niji stylist user for years. Our Japanese friends may be on to something. Have to check it out and see if it has that magic feel my fingers crave.

One of the things that impresses me about my mother was her love and use of fountain pens. I always had ink everywhere when I used them, she always kept clean. Bought her a Mont Blanc one birthday.

Fountain pens come from a better time, perhaps even a more civilized time.

BigD's great uncle was the inventor Milton Reynolds (1892–1976), an American entrepreneur, who was born one Milton Reinsberg in Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Reinsberg was the man who brought the first ballpoint pen to market, a fascinating story. The founder of the Reynolds Pen Co., he touted the ability of his pen to write under water.

Reinsberg was also a pilot and he and his crew made a harrowing expedition to the Amne Machin mountain range in Tibet and to K2, the second highest mountain in the world, which lies between China and Pakistan.

You'll NEVER need a pencil, you'll ALWAYS have a pen


mariek said...

I love fountain pens! My handwriting was so much better when I used one. Haven't had one for years. I think I'm picky about my pens - but Sharpie (ultra fine point) is one of my favorites because they don't smear. They are all I use these days. Regardless of which instrument I use, I can barely read my own handwriting!

Anonymous said...

Cool Robert — you dug up Great Uncle Milton Reynolds. I met him once. The last time I saw my Dad he took me to Mexico when I was 15 to Milton’s haciendas, one in Mexico City and one in Acupulco. I wore my only formal dress to dinner with the Ambassador from the Phillipines. On the way back, customs slashed up a stuffed armadillo I was given as a gift looking for contraband.

Also forwarded the AI article link to an interested friend.