So, a while back, I wrote a post about the reasons I don't use fountain pens.
As you might expect, I was roundly chastised for my blasphemy. Dan at FPGeeks was gentle, while others were less so, including one blogger who somehow equated my choice to puritanism, and two gentlemen who agreed I was simply low-class.
Not much has changed since then.
Dan, I'll give you your unicorns and bacon, but for me, using a fountain pen is still like standing in line at the DMV behind a fat, sweaty orc smelling of garlic and dead things while using a rotary phone to try to get a live person at tech support. And the DMV Muzak station only plays Miley Cyrus.
But wait...don't start sharpening your stakes just yet.
One very legitimate point that Dan and several others made is that my dislike for writing with fountain pens was simply the result of not having given them a fair chance. I'd briefly tried a few fountain pens, didn't enjoy them and had given up – perhaps too soon, they speculated.
I'll admit, my experiences with fountain pens have been limited. A few fountain pen reviews here and there, a short dalliance with a Lamy Safari (didn't like the shape of the grip) and a no-name fountain pen from eBay that leaked.
I gave it some thought and decided that maybe I should give fountain pens one more try. After all, it took me a while to warm up to the idea of wearing Crocs, and now I can't leave home without them.
So I asked the Pen Warrior to choose a fountain pen for me. Something simple, good-quality and representative of the typical fountain pen. He selected a Waterman Expert medium-nib cartridge fountain pen.
Now, for the next 30 days, I will use this fountain pen exclusively for all my daily writing. It will be both my desk pen and my carry pen.
I'll use it like one of my gel pens, pressed into service for everything from writing down phone numbers on scraps of newspaper to journaling in my notebook. The idea will be to see whether I reach a point where I become comfortable using it and whether it will take the same abuse I heap on disposable pens.
So far, I have my doubts. Just trying out the pen, I've ended up with ink on my fingers and two shirts, and haven't yet been able to get the ink to flow consistently enough to write an entire sentence without white spaces.
But for you, readers, I will give this a serious effort. It may be that I actually learn to love fountain pens the way most of you do.