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Thursday, December 23, 2021

Getting My Geek On

I’ve mentioned in the past that I enjoy using a fountain pen, both at work and for private correspondence.  I don’t have a big collection… just two: an antique black Schaeffer Balance is my every day pen for work and play, and a Namiki Vanishing Point pen is the one I travel with since it is virtually immune to leaking in pressurized airplane cabins.

Pen SH
Pen SH

But several days a week I have a problem:  I sometimes wear shirts that don’t have a breast pocket.

For the Namiki this isn’t a problem since the pen's pocket clip is an integral part of the one piece body (no removable cap), so I can simply slip the pen inside my shirt and clip it to the placket between two of the buttons.  This is especially okay when wearing a tie since the tie hides the bit of the pen that protrudes.

But most fountain pens – like my antique Schaeffer – have the clip attached to the removable pen cap; which means that if I clip the pen to the shirt placket, it could come apart and let the pen fall inside the shirt with the nib exposed.  A recipe for a badly ink-stained shirt.

So I took a small leather case that was originally designed for a knife sharpening stone, and Macgyvered it to be able to attach to one of the buttons and be concealed within the shirt.  I’m pretty pleased with the results.


Posted by David Bogner on December 23, 2021 | Permalink


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Mazel tov on becoming my grandfather!

Posted by: neal | Jan 4, 2022 5:52:31 PM

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