The Year In Economical Penstering

Yes, I just used “penster” as a verb.

I also just misread my own headline as “Economical Pestering” — which might be a perfect alternative description for this blog. Indeed, I wrote a great number of words about inexpensive pens this year, and a surprising number of you stopped by to read them. Pestering works!

You Read These Posts The Most

  1. When Your Grail Pen Is F**king Expensive
  2. Six Months with a Hobonichi Techo
  3. Maybe the Jinhao 992 Ain’t All It’s Cracked up to Be
  4. Snap Judgments: Nock Co Seed A6 Case
  5. The Kaweco Sport Puts a Workhorse In Your Pocket

Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that the most popular post I wrote this year was about expensive pens.

This Pen Deserves to Boast

The Wing Sung 618 is my Economical Pen of the Year. No other pens came close. I waxed rhapsodic about it right here.

This Pen Deserved More of a Roast

Every time I see a Jinhao 992 I let out one of those big, long sighs that starts deep within the Disappointment Plexus, travels up past the Hopeful Heart, and out the Opinion-Emitting Sound Hole. The 992 is a lovely nib trapped in bad plastic. Jinhao ought to source better plastic and charge twice as much — the result would still be a great deal.

My Thanks to This Gracious Host

Most of you found this site via a link on Ana Reinert’s most excellent blog The Well-Appointed Desk. Of course, this titan of the stationery blogosphere does not need a link from my humble demesne, but she’s getting one anyway, along with my thanks.

Also: a bunch of you have been flipping my posts to your Flipboard magazines. I haven’t been able to figure out who’s been flipping what, so thank you to all of you, whomever you are.

They’re Always Good For a Witty Riposte

A quick shoutout to Laura at Fountain Pen Follies for consistently making me snort my morning coffee all over my keyboard this year. I’ll be sending you my AppleCare and dry cleaning bills tomorrow.

Another shoutout to Fangs and Clause for being crankier and funnier than the million other writing blogs I follow. You will not regret clicking that link, looking on the sidebar, and reading everything listed under “How Do I…?”

A final shoutout to the 201 fountain pen and stationery blogs I follow. Thank you for all your posts. I expect even more from you next year. (Encouragement: it’s what I’m good at.)

So Let’s Have a Toast

To all fountain pens regardless of cost, as every pen is priceless in someone’s eyes. To fine paper, notebooks, and ink. To pen friends near and far. To words in all their power, and the struggle of writing. At least we’ll be doing it in style.

4 thoughts on “The Year In Economical Penstering

  1. Anthony December 27, 2017 / 8:35 am

    Cheers! *clinks glasses*. Hope 2018 is a good one for you, and for your blog!

    Liked by 2 people

  2. independentclause December 27, 2017 / 9:19 am

    Well, shit. Thank you, ma’am! The pleasure is mine.

    Also, you’d best keep up the good writing work. (Encouraging/bullying people into writing: it’s what I do.)

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  3. Laura December 28, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    And thank you! What a nice surprise. 😊 And about those dry-cleaning bills: the check is in the mail. 😉😁


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