Those Who Stand and Wait
Regular looking in at the ever-growing compendium of notable pen luminaries’ “daily carries” at the Fountain Pen Geeks site and the Weekly Loadouts at edjelley.com can give a pen fancier a sense of inferiority. While I can’t justify carrying more than one pen a day… well, possibly two… I generally have more pens on the go than the one mentioned at the end of each entry. In the interests of both full disclosure and salving my ego, I’m going to keep a record of the unsung pens; desk pens, weekend pens, pens for hazardous duty. They will occasionally change, of course.
For gardening and other hazardous duty, the quasi-disposable Platinum Preppy, full of the company’s own blue-black; it’s cheap, it’s not a dear gift from a friend, and the cap seal is purported to work overtime so I can leave it sit for ages.
Lurking in the bunker: Pilot Petit 1, which after four years
still has it’s first cartridge of red ink has finally had a new cartridge installed, after a quantity of copy editing on a story I’m writing. Pilot’s cheap pens apparently have magic in their cap seals.
Lying in wait for the unwary pen-grabbing co-worker is a Pilot Varsity loaded with whatever it is Pilot puts in those things. You can borrow a pen from me, sure, even wander off with it… but it’s going to be a fountain pen.