I first came across Thomas on twitter after seeing his enthusiasm for analog tools and I had to reach out and ask if he would share his story with other stationery fans, so over to you Thomas…
I love stationery like all my pens and pencils, Filofax, Moleskine, and I’m a real Post-it addict. When I’m not dwarfing trees or sharpening pencils, I enjoy a good self-made meal for and with friends. I like cooking as much as eating, somewhere between Mediterranean and Japanese style.
I’ve been enthusiastic about pens and pencils as long as I can remember. In school, everyone was using Pelikan pens, but me I had to have a Geha. Unfortunately this brand no longer exists. After some time using rollerballs (which wasn’t very good for my handwriting, as everyone can imagine) and when entering university, I rediscovered my love for pencils. My favourite since then has always been the rotring 600 with a 0.5 lead in HB. This one has been around with me for almost 30 years now.
Along with pencils, I started using fountain pens again. At that time, a good piston filler was unaffordable for me. So I had to make do with some nice cartridge models. And of course, my favourite has become another rotring 600: the silver fountain pen with an F nib. This November, it will turn 22! As my everyday pen, it has travelled around the world with me, almost literally, between Rio and Tokyo.
At that time I was starting my professional career which had to do a lot with computers and the emerging internet. It was a very exciting time, making me a big fan of (almost) everything digital. But the more time I spent with digital instruments the more I missed the ”good old“ analogue stuff. So I very much concentrated on planning my days with pen and paper, i.e. my Filofax, paper notebooks, and fountain pens.
This has lasted until today, as my ”collection“ of analogue writing instruments continues to grow. Today I own more than 20 fountain pens, even some Pelikans, innumerable pencils, erasers (every single one almost too precious to use), more notebooks than I could ever fill (I can hardly leave a stationery shop without buying something), and various inks. I switched all non-piston filling fountain pens to converters, so I can refill them from a wide range of my favourite colours green, blue, or black.
Here’s what I use on a daily basis:
rotring 600 pen (filled with Iroshizuku black ”bamboo coal“) and pencil in my Filofax
Pelikan Souverän M 600 OM nib, Sailor F nib (filled with Iroshizuku blue ”sky bluel“), and Pelikan M 120 F nib (filled with the blue Pelikan in of the year 2016 ”Aquamarin“), a rotring eraser pencil, and a rotring 600 roller ball (just in case!)
TWSBI Eco and Kaweco Student (filled with Iroshizuku green ”bamboo forrest“) in my Bonsai diary, which is an Atoma disk bound notebook, containing information about my little trees
A small (!) selection of pencils.
All of these I use for a special reason or with nice memories. I change one or two of them from time to time, but mostly they remain my favourite ones. As you can see, most of my pens have an F nib. My handwriting is rather small so a broader nib usually leads to one single blotch of ink on paper 😉 Which is extremely difficult (and ugly) if I want to decipher later what I have written.
Thanks for reading and remember ”writing matters“!
P.S.: You my find me on Twitter, too: twitter.com/Tommes_S