I truly believe that every one of us (yes, that includes YOU!) has cool tools that we use on an everyday basis and stories about how we use these tools and how we came to find and use them. I'd like to hear about yours. Meanwhile, here's another one of mine:
As digital and geeky as I am, or perhaps because of it, I LOVE writing on good quality paper with a fine fountain pen! And my favorite fountain pen for many years is the Namiki "Vanishing Point" fountain pen.
Tom King, who helped push me to start up this whole "Cool Tools I Use" theme is also a fellow aficionado of pens and wrote me to say:
"I have a Namiki Vanishing Point pen sitting right here next to me, and I am about to call Parker to get a custom nib for my Duofold Centennial.
How can we not include the pocket-sized Fisher SpacePen (said the instigator of the PENS spec)-- http://www.spacepen.com/Public/Home/index.cfm"
I have tried a lot of fountain pens over the years, but this one is my favorite and the one I carry the most. Not only is it a very good fountain pen, but it is also one of my favorite examples of what great design is all about. You just need to hold one of these pens to see how well it fits in your hand and how great it feels and writes. But the true design genius is in how practical it is as well. Amazing as it sounds (to me anyway) and unlike any other fountain pen that I know if, this one works like a "clickable" ball point pen—you just push in one end and out comes a full fountain pen nib from the other. Press again and the nib retracts into the body and is FULLY sealed so it never leaks in you pocket or creates any mess.
This pen is a joy to behold and to use. Gives me great satisfaction every time I use it. As one ad puts it, "Think of it as 'Zen and the Art of Pen Making.'" Indeed!
Have "Cool Tools" you use and want to share? Send me your favorites with the following information:
- Name of the tool and source for getting one.
- What does it do?
- How did you come to discover this?
- How do you use it?
- Why is it on your top ten "Cool Tools I Use" list?