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Beware the Idler of March

Posted by Dirck on 15 March, 2012

Did I say something yesterday about divulging a dark secret of Parker pens?  I did.  Well, about that….

I have absolutely not been threatened by a carload of burly men wearing Sanford livery.  Not even a little bit.  In point of fact, it is mere laziness that puts off this “revelation.”  You see, I absolutely must include some pictures with that projected item, and taking pictures takes a little bit of effort.  As I had no effort in me last night, I have no pictures.  Monday should see us well supplied in startling, candid shots of some modern Parker pens in the altogether.

Given that as a foundation, I am contemplating the notion of laziness.  Recently I was reading Terry Pratchett’s Moving Pictures, in which the protagonist is described as a very lazy man.  He is so opposed to making an effort that he has made a point of staying in the peak of muscular physical condition.  This is not a contradiction; it takes more effort to make it through a day if one is out of shape, and that’s not an effort he feels like giving.

This contemplation feeds into a little discussion of the relative merits of diverse kinds of writing instrument on the Fountain Pen Network; someone questions the notion that ONLY fountain pens can write with no more pressure on the paper than their own weight provides.  I accept that there are other pens that can do this trick, but when ball-points are suggested as an option, I balk.  They might make some sort of a mark, but I’m jigged if I can get anything useful out of them, and I’m unwilling to give them that much effort.

So, where does laziness lie?  This declaration of mine that I do not feel like working hard enough to get legible marks our of a ball-point can be seen as indolence of a chronic sort, but is it bought through the acute efforts of maintenance that fountain pens call for: refilling, flushing, training of the hand to not overdo pressure.  A one who prefers the biro might well say, “That sounds like a lot of effort.  All I have to do is uncap the pen.”  Which one of us is the lazy one in this?  I suppose the answer might change depending on whether I agree with Victor Tugelbend on the nature of laziness, and whether I want to claim it or not.

As part of the discussion I mention, I did a side-by-side comparison of Smoothest Pen in the Universe™ with yesterday’s pen, since I happened to have both of them right there handy.  Banging a sheet of paper into a scanner is easier than getting the camera on a tripod and *sigh* switching on the lights on either side of the light tent.  Yep, that’s a lazy guy.  I was able to support the weight of my own arms long enough to get the image up where it can be seen, and you may consider it a companion to the results shown in my first public experiment.  Both samples were written with my common lack of effort when writing, within seconds of each other, and on the same sheet of paper; as you can see, however smooth it might be, it’s still not very forthcoming with the ink:

It’s a lazy pen indeed that wants me to do the work… but that’s just my opinion.  And I don’t know how much effort I’d put into defending it.  Is it nap time yet?

Today’s pen: Parker 180
Today’s ink: Iroshizuku Shin-Ryoku

One Response to “Beware the Idler of March”

  1. […] deny this claim, although it is being made to sound a good deal fussier than reality.  Indeed, I contemplated it briefly in the past, examining the different sorts of work represented by fountain pens (acute, maintenance) and […]

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