Pen Pillows

A question asked and answer given: where did these two “pen pillows” come from?

Pilots left to right: Heritage 91, Heritage 91, Bamboo, 823, Vanishing Point
Pilots left to right: Heritage 91, Heritage 91, Bamboo, 823, Vanishing Point

The one on the left was handmade out of wood (redwood and maple), the pillow on the right was made by Danitrio.

Sadly the wooden pillow doesn’t hold the pens very well. Often they slip and slide off, no matter how the pen is sat on a slot. I’ve two of these, and while they look great, they remain kinda useless. So not to besmirch the other fine wooden pen rests out there, but I can’t recommend my own.

The Danitrio pillow works perfectly in keeping pens in place. I don’t believe the pillows are available for retail sale, but a check with a Danitrio dealer will tell you that better than I.

Hey, if you’ve got some J.Herbin ink, the glass bottle serves as a single pen rest, too. There’s a greater variety available for the more traditional pen stand.

There are several options for pen pillows or pen rests on the market. Three options are listed below. If you know of other good choices, please list ‘em in the comments!

Between my finger and my thumb
The squat pen rests.
I’ll dig with it.


Thoughts about Pen Forums

My HuronUPDATE AUG 2013:   FPN backup and operational!

Over the years, I’ve linked to many, many posts on the Fountain Pen Network aka FPN. It was the place where people helped me acquire my first fountain pens since childhood. In recent days, FPN has been repeatedly hacked and attacked. Please use caution when visiting FPN, and clicking even on links to FPN from this blog.

Forums of all interests go through cycles of ups and downs, dramas and comedies, and they come and go. Having been on the internet since before it, uh, was the internet, during the earliest days of personal computing… well, nothing stays the same. Not IBM, not Morrow, not Apple. (Perhaps I should have written: not Parker, not Sheaffer, not Conklin.) Attention evolves or slips away.

There are other forums perhaps not—as yet?—offering as much online information as FPN. All of them host earnest users and collectors of fountain pens.

A sampling of forums are listed below. The country designations are meant only to alert you to the primary language of the individual forums. If you are from the USA do take the time to explore some of the international forums. There’s some great sharing going on around the world. Google Chrome (or, uh, google translate) will translate, however roughly and sometimes comically, most of the non-English forums for you.

Any links to forums, including FPN, are not endorsements by this blog. They are for your information, comprende? As always, use your own critical thinking cap to determine the best fit for you. If forums are your thing, ay?

You’re well aware, no doubt, there are a lot of good informative blogs around the internet, too. I’ve always listed only a few on my links page. My intention has been to alert you to places I regularly read and admire, not to be a one stop link reading/shopping site. A lot of sites promote disposables, and that’s just not my thing.

There are still Yahoo groups out there, and Facebook has become a new venue for some pen people. Hat tip to Wendy for reminding me about the Google + Fountain Pen Community.

Feel free to list your favorite places in the comments. Alternatives abound.

The world is full of mayhem. It’s also full of kindness, and compassion. Thankfully we have our writing instruments of choice to chronicle our world, fictionalize it, escape from it, or perhaps try to transform it.

August Carnival of Pen, Pencil and Paper is here!

My favorite posts came from both familiar and new faces—at least to the Carnival scene!

The Carnival continues to be a great way to meet new bloggers and read about different tools people are using. A Penchant for Paper will be the September Carnival host. You can check out more about the Carnival here… maybe even drop Nifty (the founder of this Carnival) a note if you want to host! Continue to submit to any upcoming Carnival by filling out the form.

Thank you to Nifty at Notebook Stories for bringing us the Carnival and to all the wonderful bloggers who participated in the August Carnival!