Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Pencast: A series of firsts

It is only Wednesday, but I am already impatient for the weekend to roll around so I can play with pens and paper and attempt to figure out what exactly it is I am supposed to be writing. In the meantime, I have a couple of pencasts from this this past weekend, when I opened up a bottle of ink for the first time and dipped a couple of pens.

This is the TWSBI Diamond 530, a "crowd-sourced" pen I purchased because I was intrigued by the story of its conception (I also mentioned it a couple of posts ago.). It didn't disappoint, either. The ink in the photo is Diamine's Syrah, which I really like because it is red/purple/pink-ish (it is meant to be the color of a red wine) while still being fairly demure and not eye-searing.  The color in this picture is represented much better than in the pencast, which is below.


  1. Congratulations on your new pen! Great picture, also. Aren't your typewriters gonna be jealous? This should take a good deal of mediation work.

  2. The ink does indeed look like wine in the first photo, as seen through the pen's body!

  3. Georg - We've worked out a system in which everyone's happy: unless I'm trying to show off an ink color (like in this pencast), I compose my blog posts and letters with a fountain pen and then make them presentable for my readers by typing them up. It seems to be working so far...

    Ruy - Interesting avatar! Where is it from?

  4. Adwoa - Thanks! It is just a picture I picked at random, after a few fruitless searches: it seems that almost all "cool", black & white photographs of male typists, depict them smoking a cigarette. This was the only one (without cigarette) I liked!


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