Words from my heart
I love when things connect. When stories intertwine. When mad hunts end in wonder.
My recent quest for The Perfect Pen ended in such a way . . .
I am a PPP (Picky Pen Person). Comfortable grip matters, but I’m pickiest about ink flow. The Perfect Pen must have consistent, easy-flowing ink—no messy blobs or skips or smears or feathers. Truth is, I had been beating myself up for being so picky. Shouldn’t I be happy with any available pen? My home is filled with suitable options. Yet when school started in August, I became obsessed with finding The Perfect Pen.
One day at work, I asked Supervisor Steven if he had a favorite. He recommended the Pilot G2 and handed me his pen to try. Not bad. Out of curiosity, I then googled “pens that don’t blob” and discovered a sea of bloggers who write about pens! One of the best is Azizah, a cat lover with a master’s degree in microbiology. Wirecutter.com described her this way:
Azizah of Gourmet Pens has been blogging about pens since 2010, and has a lifelong fascination and love affair with the things. Currently an all-encompassing passion, Azizah seeks to understand all aspects of pens, their inks, and paper. From the tuning of a vintage flex fountain pen to the finding the ideal gel pen, the quest never ends.
What? You mean I don’t have to beat myself up for wanting to write with a well-crafted instrument? You mean I can view pens through an artistic lens of design and beauty? Why had I been denying myself the joy? I don’t know, but Azizah and her “delectable” website rocked my world!
With new enthusiasm, I zoomed to Office Depot after work and tested multiple brands: TUL, Uni-Ball, Zebra, FORAY, Cross, Parker. None convinced me, so I went home and gathered all my neglected pens. And BINGO! I discovered a diamond in the rough—a Pentel EnerGel-X Roller Gel 0.5mm Needle Tip pen.
The ink flowed like a dream and I fell in love.
During that week, I had lunch with Friend Ali and told her my pen-quest story. She shared that one of her sons was also a Picky Pen Person, and that her favorite pen was a ballpoint with blue ink. The minute she said “blue ink,” Ali’s eyes softened and she glanced into the distance—a fond memory had been stirred.
Then Ali told her story.
She had grown up with a deep admiration for her older sister Jo and had tried to emulate her, even attempting to copy her unique writing style. Jo (a right-hander) wrote with a backslash slant and always in blue ink. Without realizing it, Ali had continued using blue ink into adulthood because of Jo.
You never know how a mad hunt will end. I found The Perfect Pen and I witnessed the look of wonder on Ali’s face when she realized the connection between blue ink and sister love—such a beautiful moment. While writing this story, I checked my EngerGel-X package for product details. Pentel was neatly printed in the bottom right corner, along with its caption Spirit of Wonder. Ah, thank you, Pentel.
Quests come and go, but may the spirit of wonder never ever end.