My love for quality writing instruments started at an early age. While growing up, my parents had a great appreciation for quality writing instruments. It was very common to find numerous Parker Jotters and Cross Century Classics lying within reach. Due to my parents influence, I gravitated toward quality pens at an early age. While other kids were using BIC Cristals, I was using a Paper Mate Phd. My parent instilled in me from a young age that I must not be careless with my pens, so while other kids would loose a few pens a week, I would hold onto mine for the full year.
Throughout college, I owned many Parker and Cross ballpoint pens but constantly yearned for a better writing experience. After graduating from college, I decided to purchase my first rollerball pen, the Retro 51 Tornado. I bought this to take on job interviews. It's been some time since I purchased my first Retro 51 Tornado, but I can still remember how enjoyable the writing experience was compared to my ballpoint pens.
First Fountain Pen
About a year after I purchased my Retro 51 Tornado, I found one of my parents old Parker fountain pens in a storage bin. The pen was gorgeous and I instantly became curious! I wanted to try writing with it, but I knew nothing about how to fill it nor did I know about inks. At the time, I didn't know much about fountain pens, but the stories I heard about them were horrendous. I heard many stories of leaks, stains, ruined clothing, and ink covered hands. After much research online, I stumbled upon the Pen Addict's website which gave me a bit of guidance. After much contemplation, I decided to buy my first two started fountain pens instead of trying to revive the old pen. I would later try to revive the pen with little luck.
One day while on a lunch break, I purchased my first two fountain pens: the Pilot Metropolitan and the Lamy Vista. After the purchase, I rushed back into the office and popped in the included cartridges. Within seconds, I was experiencing the best writing experience I ever had. That was the day I truly became a pen addict. These pens were much better than the ball point and rollerballs I had spent so much time using. From that day, I decided to create a website to document my pen journey, meet pen enthusiast, as well as educate others.