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Slurping pens? Sucking pens?

I always feel a little self conscious about sketching the instruments I draw with — seems somehow incestuous (I avoided the alternative description . . . as there may be little ones reading) BUT everybody else does it and I will too!

But a question: why are they called fountain pens: surely the last thing you want is a deluge of ink shooting out from your nib?! (That was close— there but for a vowel movement, there could have been an unacceptable innuendo . . .)

Anyway shouldn’t they be called ‘suction pens’? Or  ‘slurping pens’ ? Nibbed pens? . . . . .  ah well, maybe not.

These are fountain pens . . .

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Quiver . . at the feel of leather

Xmas is good fun, but sometimes when all the excitement has died down particularly between Xmas & New Year, I sometimes feel at a bit of a loss. But yesterday was different not only was the sun shining but a parcel arrived from Bob Koch at Quiver. Both my wife and I are fond of leather… make what you will of that comment, but I’m actually talking about leather luggage. Once in a designer shop in Manchester, my wife was surprised by the Spanish owner, whilst she was admiring . . nay, stroking… a leather hand bag… he exclaimed; ‘Eet is like a pet, no?!’ So I’m very fond of leather goods, but occasionally the actual weight of the leather makes a bag heavy before you’ve put anything into it! I have a beautifully made Mulberry shoulder bag which will probably last into the 23rd century: however it is so heavy that I always need to check whether I’ve actually loaded it up with the requisite drawing & writing equipment before leaving base. I mention this, as I was surprised at how light the Quiver package was. However I was more than pleased when I saw the ‘Quiver’ products. They are well-made from a soft but I would reckon very durable leather.

Essentially the Quiver is a slim leather pouch designed, in this model, to hold two pens/pencils. The Quiver is attached to the cover of your notebook, using an elasticated strap. Shown here are the ‘Double pen’ Quivers, designed to fit on either the large Moleskine, as seen here with Faber-Castell Perfect pencil and Ambition fountain pen, making  a stylish and practical team if ever there was one.

The version for the pocket size Moleskine is open at both top and bottom to enable  you to carry longer implements!

Here even with a chunky Lamy Nexx fountain pen, there is still room for a lovely little A.G Spalding pencil. There is also a single pen version . . though personally I find it hard enough to limit myself to two implements at a time! Again this comes in two versions to suit large or pocket-size Moleskines, and all four models are available in black as well as classic brown.

The design is simplicity itself, and classic. Buy one and enjoy it.

When I opened the package, I realised that I was experiencing that same feeling I experienced when as a child I recieved a new satchel and wanted some excuse to walk around with it . . . . sad but true… and I’m sure many of you out there will understand what I mean…

Just a small  point: some of you, like myself, who vary our notebook size and format might be concerned that the Quiver design is created to fit the portrait format Moleskine notebooks… so what about the landscape  format watercolour notebooks? GOOD NEWS!!! The pocket size twin will fit on the large sized Watercolour version.

 

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Lily Tomlin