My favorite pen store in Paris is Mora Stylos. I’m sure you can see why. The trays hold pens that carry their age better than many pens decades their junior. Many pen stores have modern writing instruments, but only a few display Waterman safeties and filigree overlays and Parker 51s alongside Nakaya pens. In fact, this might be the only one.
The base of blue ebonite is beautifully marbled with turquoise, red, green and cream. The clip is made by lost wax casting, and the nib is a no. 7 in 18k, both given an antiqued copper finish. Christine at Mora Stylos told me that the patina can react with ink, and I said, that’s the point, isn’t it? Wabi sabi might be a Japanese phrase, but the sentiment can be universal.
Bexley’s Poseidon Magnum II in Bronze Sands is the right kind of chunky.
There are as many kinds of beauty and utility as there are beholders and users. Beyond the object, there is also an appreciation of its history and its maker. The easiest things to use are not necessarily the easiest to make. A simple finish belies the complexity of the process, and we appreciate the beauty in its simplicity all the more.
Waterbrushes – brushes whose handles hold water – have made it possible for travelers and commuters to sketch and wash on the go with hardly any mess or fuss. Fountain pen doodlers will find that a waterbrush or two in the bag can extend their enjoyment, adding wash to their line work. Most fountain pen inks, unless otherwise asserted, are watersoluble and lift easily from the paper.