It’s been a while since I wrote this post about my top three pens, inspired by a long-running series of videos hosted by Joost from Appelboom. Rereading it, I stand by every word: my selections of the Namiki Urushi 20, Lamy 2000 Bauhaus Blue, and Visconti London Fog all seem fair, and they’re all pens that, 14 months later, I still own and write with regularly. That in itself is a powerful testament to their quality and my fondness for them.
But when Appelboom approached me to contribute an official contribution to their video series, I could hardly just repeat a year-old post, could I? Besides, my pen collection has evolved in the last year.
So I picked a new selection. Only one pen from my 2020 list retained its spot.
Repeating the selection process a year on was an interesting experience.
As last year, I looked down at my pens and wrestled with the criteria for making my choice: do I go for variety? My most-used pens? Ones I’ve had for longest? My rarest pens? My most ‘interesting’ or ‘unusual’ pens?
In the end, I let some of my deepest preferences come out.
Thinking about it now, one of my choices is the grail pen I wanted for the longest.
One is the pen I recommend to readers and friends most often.
One is the pen I get most comments about, and that I happen to think is the most beautiful.
Together, they’re very very different in their aesthetics and materials, even their colours. So although I tried to make my decision quickly, I think I ended up with a sound choice.
I don’t want to steal Appelboom’s thunder any more, so you’ll have to watch the video to find out which they all are!
And once you’ve watched that, do check out the YouTube playlist for everyone else’s selections.
I’d love to hear about your top three pens — and whether you would have picked the same three pens a year ago!