There was a discussion on the Fountain Pen Network started this week on the subject of pens shedding their clips. As I’ve noted in the past, this is the sort of thing I should keep my beak out of, as it seems to attract the attention of Irony. In my defense, I said nothing in the bragging line about not having lost any clips, as this is not at all true, but merely commented upon the roll played in the phenomenon by materials choice and engineering. At one point, I said that Sheaffer made a rather better job of the simple tab-mounted clips than a lot of others who used them.
I will let you ponder for a moment what sort of clip the Sheaffer Junior I was using yesterday has.
Panic not, though, because what happened to the clip is mysterious and now fixed. The end of the clip is hemispherical, the domed part being what grabs the pocket. Somewhere between leaving work and arriving home, this terminal portion of the clip was bent up, so the dome was well out of contact with the pocket- at least 20 degrees out of alignment with the rest of the clip. With much sweating and prayer to the forces that moderate fatigue cracks in metal, I have managed to return the clip to its previous shape, but I am seriously going to look into the purchase of some kind of pen case for it to ride in.
Today’s pen (a Friday treat, you might say): That Sheaffer Sovereign mentioned Monday of last week
Today’s ink: Skrip blue-black
post scriptus– the pen choice for today is nothing at all to do with the wedding in London. I wish them well and hope the Monarchy prospers as a constitutionally necessary entity, but this is a purely coincidental selection.