The first fountain pen I bought that I really liked was a Lamy Safari, so I have a bit of a soft spot for them. I have a couple of Safaris, a Vista, an AL-star, an Accent (well, that one’s Sam’s really), and a 2000 (Sam’s again). They have their faults – they tend to […]
Once I started to build up a bit of a collection of fountain pens, I started to want a way of displaying them. A nice old wooden CD rack made a good display stand for ink bottles, and Sam’s mum bought me a little glass cabinet for a few more bottles to go in. The pens, though, still lived in a leather pen wallet, hidden from view.
I recently bought a bookcase from a colleague (thanks, Sarah!) We only had a half-plan of using it for extra storage in the bedroom. Then, when we reached Tiverton market, after yesterday’s walk, there was a cabinet maker’s stall. There on the stall was a pen cabinet, for Â£27, which seemed like something of a bargain. I bought it.
I then realised that with a bit of moving of shelves, it could fit nicely into the bookcase, with plenty of room for other things. So here it is:
I’ve started trying out Flock again, since it reached version 1.0 recently, and first impressions are pretty good. If this post looks strange, impressions may be starting to dip – I’m attempting to post this using Flock.
It seems to be able to run the AdBlock Plus extension for Firefox, and Google Browser Sync seems to be working ok. I’m not entirely convinced it’s still working in Firefox, but that may be another problem entirely.
The problem I had before with Flock was down to memory management, and I don’t know yet if that’s fixed. It’s not really Flock’s problem as such – Firefox doesn’t seem to manage memory at all well, and Flock adds features on top of Firefox.
Update: Flock hung when I tried to post this – on the plus side, though, it recovered it when it restarted and I opened the blog editor again. It hung again when I tried again, so it doesn’t look like the blog editor likes our installation of Drupal.
Bad Pen Mojo
The Lamy 2000 – a plastic fountain pen introduced in 1966, but still going strong today. Not many pens have been around so long, so what makes the 2000 so special?
A review of the Pilot Capless and Capless Decimo retractable fountain pens. Are they any good when the gimmick wears off?
Update: Removed the mention of the PigPog shop. We gave up, and put the stuff on eBay instead.
The Lamy Safari is a fairly cheap fountain pen – perhaps the cheapest you can get that’s actually good.
(Click any pictures to see them on Flickr, with notes, comments, and bigger sizes available.)
- Plain ABS plastic casing.
- Simple design.
- Takes cartriges or a converter, but the converter is not supplied. Budget a little extra if you want to use bottled ink.