The state of the collection (or why it’s good to stop and appreciate what you have)

One thing I probably don't say often enough is this: I am bloody chuffed with my pen collection. Sure, it's always waxing and waning. There's a gradual shift in emphasis from manufacturer to manufacturer, big to small, fine to broad, bright to monochromatic, and back again. Life would be boring if we weren't always pursuing … Continue reading The state of the collection (or why it’s good to stop and appreciate what you have)

The allure of expense and inconvenience (or how I fell for the Montblanc 1912)

As a vinyl lover, I often think about this cartoon from the New Yorker. Funny thing is, it accurately sums up how I feel about the Montblanc Heritage 1912, too. Like vinyl, it's expensive. Retail price in the UK is £755, which is even higher than the considerably more impressive-looking Montblanc 149. For your money … Continue reading The allure of expense and inconvenience (or how I fell for the Montblanc 1912)