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by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

A few months ago, I mentioned that something very sad almost happened. I also said that I would write about it later (Ha!), but never go around to it. I know, I know, what else is new, right?

What I was referring to was the almost loss of my Philéas. Unfortunately, I really did lose the pen some time ’round the middle of February.1

For a few days, I was unsure of what to do. I tried using a cheap Parker Arrow I keep about for emergencies, but after the Waterman, well, let’s just say the experience was less than ideal. I even tried resorting to a Staedtler tech pen and then a Koh-I-Noor lead holder I have, thinking that I might be able to go back to more ‘traditional’ ways of writing. Both were found wanting. Finally, I decided there was nothing to do but cough up the cash for another.

The story of the acquisition of my second Philéas is a whole other post in itself, but suffice it to say that after I had bought it, I realised that I couldn’t use it everyday. I’d just end up losing it again.

And so began a search for yet another pen, one that I could use regularly. There were only two requirements: one, it couldn’t be so expensive as to be a great loss if it was misplaced, and two, it couldn’t be so cheap that using it was a trial.

Now as luck would have it, around this time I was also supposed to pick up a Jotter I had ordered a few weeks prior from Laywine’s. Figuring I could kill two birds with one stone, I explained my predicament to Peter, and he was kind enough to suggest a few different pens. After looking them over and dipping a couple, I left with a nice black Kaweco Sport.

I must admit that I’m quite pleased with it. It’s not a Waterman by any measure, but it writes quite smoothly and it’s compact, which is a big plus.

The thing that irked me about the Sport is that it doesn’t have a converter like the Philéas. This means I have to buy cartridges as well as the usual bottled stuff I get. But that’s turned out well as Laywine’s has a lovely selection of J. Herbin inks (the “Les Cartouches”) that I’ve discovered as a result.

And that’s it. The end. Bye.

Oh yes, one more thing. If you’re ever in the need for a pen or ink or a Moleskine or something of that sort, I heartily recommend Laywine’s. The staff is always friendly and helpful, and their selection is great. Of course, their fantastic location doesn’t hurt either.

And now I’m really done.

  • 1I readily admit that it was my fault. Whenever I’m out and about, I usually keep my pen clipped in the right-hand front pocket of my pants. But I forgot that there was a bit of a tear in the inside lining of my winter coat and so, the pen got caught to that, was lifted out of my pocket and left along the wayside during my travels.

Okay, so maybe I’m not done. Just think of this as a postscript of sorts…

I just realised that all three tracks in rotation at the moment (in the shiny new flash player to the left right) have something to do with pictures.

That’s rather weird, and is in no way – I promise – due to any conscious decision on my part.

Another one of my just-woke-up realisations.