Celebrate My First Promotion Request Email

Earlier today I received an email from the folks behind the Infinity Pen. It launched on IndieGoGo today and they seem to have searched the web for pen blogs that publicized other crowd funded pen projects and cold-emailed them. I, with my tens of readers, was one of the lucky folks. Now I’m going to reward them with this very vague article about their pen.

This is my first email from a crowd funded project so I felt like celebrating. After all, you’re no one until someone asks you to pimp their crowdfunding project, right?

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Here we have the Infinity Pen, a pen that tries to be everything. This is an aluminum pen with magnets that secure any number of sections that might contain the following:

  • Blue ink pen
  • Thin black marker
  • Thin red marker
  • Thin blue marker
  • Thin green marker
  • Yellow highlighter
  • Orange highlighter
  • Pink highlighter
  • Green highlighter

Based on what I read, they’re offering this in chrome, matte white, and matte black. While I don’t have much to say about the project, anyone who offers their wares in matte black has pretty good taste.

Is this something I’d back? No, but not because I think it’s a bad idea, I just don’t use these options in my daily life. If you find yourself swapping between a highlighter and a pen, this might be a pretty sweet setup.

Let me be perfectly clear, I’m only writing this post because this is the first cold email I’ve ever received to promote a crowd funded product. I almost feel important right now. I don’t have any connection to the IndieGoGo promoters or the project they are trying to make and the only exposure I’ve had to their product is looking at the same page I linked to earlier. Nothing I say here should be taken as an endorsement, no matter how important and influential I am to you.

If you look at this project and see something you like, back it. If not, oh well. At least I got to feel semi-important for a minute or two. :-)

What Is A Grail Pen?

On episode #151 of The Pen Addict Podcast, Brad explained “grail pens” as such (painstakingly transcribed as best I could):

It’s like a … the ultimate pen for you. So, you know, whether it’s the design or the materials or a the company or the vintage. You know whatever this pen style that speaks to you the most and then like something that will really fulfill your needs uhm in writing and usage and just in beauty and something that really, really speaks to you on a personal level. Uhm you know is a kind of a grail pen. You know people search these things out. Uhm, it’s not necess, it can be, you know a mainline production pen that’s completely fine for a grail pen you know but it’s always something you’re striving to obtain. And you know I’ve talked about it in the past where it … I feel like it takes a little bit of a extra to get that grail pen you know whether it’s saving up or hunting down, or there’s always going to be a story behind a grail pen.

My definition mirrors the last sentence, a grail pen needs to be difficult to obtain. Whether it’s out of your price range, rare, or both, there’s a simple truth:

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As you drool over the pen, a voice in the back your head reminds you of the obstacles. A grail pen carries the weight of wondering how you’ll pay for it or how you’ll find it. One thing’s certain: we’re all chasing the white rabbit, only our thresholds differ.

Grails are never easy to get your hands on, just ask King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

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Writing Evolution

I like gel pens and fountain pens. That’s it.

Wait.

Lets back this up.

I started on crayons. I think we all did.

I graduated to pencil at some point, I don’t really remember when. Then after some time, I was granted access to a pen. Not a good pen I’m sure, just a pen. A ball point pen.

Maybe a Bic?

It’s likely something the modern version of that little boy shivers at.

I don’t like ball point pens.

I use ball points and pencils for years.

How many?

I don’t remember. I’ve been drawn to the office supply aisles in my local stores any time I ventured near for as long as I remember.

Office supply. How formal can you get? I guess it’s better than “school supply” seeing how I’m not in school any more. I was back then I suppose.

Those office supplies transformed in time. Pencils, ball points, now we have gel pens.

I found the Pilot G2. I am delighted.

At some point I find a Parker Vector hanging in the aisle at Meijer. I think Meijer is a Michigan thing, or at least a midwest thing. Insert your favorite local everything store. That’s where I found my catalyst.

Not now, but later. It will explode later.

I spent years with gel pens. There’s nothing wrong with that, I love gel pens to this day. My pen drawer has many Pilot G2, Uni-Ball Signo 207, and Pilot Juice. I recommend those pens all the time, practically beg people to use them.

I graduate from gel to fountain over time. That Vector, it comes back. It sat in waiting, patient and quiet.

I find the Parker Vector in a box. I also find a package of cartridges. I put them together and find bliss.

I spend 8 years enamored by the fountain pen, shunning all others. The fountain pen is pure, the fountain pen is classic, the fountain pen is right.

Eventually an old friend creeps back into the frame.

He’s made of wood and graphite. He doesn’t replace the fountain pen, instead he brings his own nostalgia. He’s not the same, he’s delightfully different.

There’s the sound against paper that delights me. It’s a scritching sound. That’s the best I can do to describe it. Then there’s the smell of cedar, the remnants after a sharpening.

I dive in, head first. Like I did with fountain pens at one point. My collection swells, just as the fountain pens have. Vintage, modern, rare. I must have them all.

My collection evolves. I own more pencils, more pens, more inks than I can use in a lifetime. Maybe that’s not true, depending how wordy I can be. Maybe I can use my collection before I die but at the rate I’m acquiring, it’s not likely. Every week a new writing product arrives.

I’m obsessed by this hobby. I’m scared of my spending.

I have piles of paper, piles of pencils, piles of pens. Piles of piles and piles for miles. It’s not enough. I want to own them all, to feel them all, to try them all. Each drag of graphite across each kind of paper followed by each nib filled with each ink. Everything needs to be mine, everything needs my touch.

I’m a maniac, driven by paper lust. I must consume that which I have not tried. I must have what’s new and what’s old and everything in between. Bring me your half sharpened pencils, your best and worst ink, your smoothest or scratchiest nib, I must try them now.

This is my evolution of writing. This is my descent into madness.

Heavy Metal Bullet Pencil

Recently I reviewed the Metal Shop Twist Bullet Pencil. As I mentioned in that article, I ordered one of their limited edition brass bodies and here it is.

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Just as I suspected, it’s a heavy chunk of metal. Let’s throw it on a scale and see how it measures up.

First, the aluminum body:

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And now, the brass body:

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Yep, it’s a full ounce heavier. That doesn’t sound like much but it’s very noticeable, especially when you try to use it. Of course, this thing is so pretty you probably won’t care.

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I’ve tried to carry the brass body and bullet a couple times in the past week but the weight sends me back to the aluminum body. That and I’m afraid I might scratch it when it’s bouncing around with my Victorinox Classic. I think I’ll save the brass body for dressier occasions and keep the aluminum version as my EDC.

Speaking of the aluminum version, I ordered a blue body and another brass bullet last night. At this rate, I might end up with the full catalog in a couple weeks which wouldn’t be a bad thing.