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Ran across the Levenger site while researching laptop bags and it’s branded as ‘tools for serious readers’. Some of it perhaps over done, but some of it looks interesting. They’ve got some beautiful pens and while reading about them realized I had never tried a fountain pen, so I wanted to try one and the cheapest I could find locally was $20. Turns out for about $20 I could build my own – so I did – and they are … interesting. Somehow it does feel elegant/old school, and one thing I didn’t expect was that when you write on a napkin, it just sucks the ink right out into a blob. Anyway, they’ve got some interesting stuff that you might want, or might find a good idea for a gift.

I’m not affiliated with them, no financial interest at all.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by sreddy on 26 June 2009

So this isn't a technical post but wanted to respond to it...

Having grown up in India - went to school there and we had to learn to write with a fountain pen in 4th grade.  Spent hours in class practicing and even had tests in which our handwriting would be graded by the teacher... :)

The wonderful thing about fountain pens is that the longer you use the same one (and only *you* use it), the more the nib gets worn at the same spot, so in time it just flows on the paper when you write - maybe I'm over-rhapsodizing, but I think the experience is better than with any other pen.  

Posted by Andy Warren on 26 June 2009

I think I can see that happening - not sure if it over rhapsodizing or not, but still interesting!

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