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90: Pitch Black (lined)
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Pitch Black, Snowy Evening

greghiggins
greghiggins

@rnv so have we talked about what you use your "Field Notes" for?

Archimage
Archimage

@rnv I love FN, but they are, at best, mediocre with fountain pens.

rnv
rnv

@greghiggins I think I may have discussed it in passing before, but I don’t think I have any dedicated blog post or anything that describes how I use them, probably because it’s all so boring. They’re mostly filled with my daily to-do lists, or words I want to look up, or just random scratch-pad stuff. Also doodles. And I have some that are dedicated to specific writing or note-taking projects. There’s one tucked in my main guitar case, for example.

rnv
rnv

@Archimage Good thing I don’t use fountain pens!

Archimage
Archimage

@rnv You should. It’s good for the soul and handwriting ;) Seriously. I like the FN form-factor and various editions.

greghiggins
greghiggins

@rnv I like that Snowy Evening one!

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rnv
rnv

@Archimage I did try fountain pens, actually, several times over many years — and I disliked literally everything about them. I found them annoyingly precious: fussy, fiddly, smeary, messy, and expensive. They had a catastrophic effect on my handwriting. I couldn't use nearly any of my notebooks because the inks and nibs behaved so badly on so many different types of paper. My stress spiked, worrying that the stupid things would leak... To be honest, I am genuinely mystified by their popularity.

JMaxB
JMaxB

@rnv You know, don't you, that this is M.B. heresy? But you inspire me to admit that, for me, the ultimate pen is a Pilot V5 rollerball.

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Archimage

@rnv Hm. Yes, they are finicky if you don’t know how to use them (I’m not saying you don’t). Most paper we get here in the US is useless with FPs. Messy? The old ones are, for sure. The new cartridge ones are pretty clean, but you do have to clean them, unlike disposables. Nib size affects how your handwriting looks. They certainly aren’t for everyone Personally, I enjoy using them. There is less pressure on the pen. The ink, being water-based doesn’t need to be jabbed into the paper. That allows less fatigue while writing. You almost glide over the paper, not on it. That lets me get into what is almost a meditative state when I write.

rnv
rnv

@Archimage Oh, I'm sure that I had no idea how to use them. I'm confident I pressed too hard, and held the pen wrong, and used the wrong-sized nib, etc. I was simply never able to move beyond being aware of the pen. It was like looking at the window instead of out the window.

rnv
rnv

@JMaxB My freshman roommate called me Antichrist, so I've been heretical for a very long time. Pilot V5s are fantastic pens!

rnv
rnv

@greghiggins Snowy Evening is one of my favorites in recent years.

greghiggins
greghiggins

@rnv yeah I looked to see about ordering that one and they're all sold out. Apparently a lot of people like it!