23 January is National Handwriting Day. It is celebrated each year on John Hancock's birthday.
Hancock was the first to sign the Declaration of Independence
and is famous for his large, bold signature.
Writing Instrument Manufacturers Association
established the commemoration in 1977 to offer
“a chance for all of us to re-explore the purity and power of handwriting."
Most celebrations of this day are private -- one writes a letter or makes a journal entry.
Sometimes, however, organizations or businesses have public events.
The Clarkson Historical Society (Rochester, New York) is sponsoring a
Some pen businesses have sales on the day (check your local pen store or favorite online retailer.)
Whatever else you do on 23 January, do your bit to keep handwriting alive and well.
Write a letter to a friend or a love note to your partner.
Make that journal entry.
Or just practive your signature with a flourish.
Counterfeit pens are a serious problem.
Montblanc is an well-known and desirable brand which makes them a prime target for counterfeiters.
Leo Esposito made a
video with tips on how to spot a fake Montblanc.
This is useful information for anyone who is shopping for a Montblanc.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Seeks to Recreate Fountain Pen Experience
Let's Go Mobile
reviews the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet (i.e. phone-tablet) and includes the following information
concerning the S pen included with the tablet:
The Galaxy Note 4's S Pen has been enhanced to serve as the primary tool for everyday mobile use. This new S Pen offers a much more authentic pen experience, with a more natural brush effect that perfectly emulates writing on paper with a fountain or calligraphy pen.
It's interesting that the tech company chose the fountain pen writing experience as the one
Fountain pen users know that this is fitting, for a good fountain pen on quality paper is the
ultimate writing experience.
Glad that tech developers know it as well.
You can read the full review here.
Two other books are often recommended to collectors, and they have become something of "standard references"
for pen collectors. The first is
Fountain Pens and Pencils: The Golden Age of Writing Instruments
by George Fischler and Stuart Schneider. This is often referred to as "the blue book".
The second is by the same authors --
The Book of Fountain Pens and Pencils
by Stuart Schneider and George Fischler. This one is often referred to as "the brown book".
Combined the two Fischler and Schneider books make a fairly comprehensive reference set.
Two Pen-related Auction Sites
I'm sure everyone is familiar with eBay, which is a good source for writing
instruments. There are other auction sites on the Internet which are not as well
known, and here are two which specialize in pens and related items.
which is hosted and run by Regina Martini, a well-known German collector.
The descriptions on the site tend to be minimal and often you need to
search the Internet to get specifics on the pens.
However, Regina has a high-quality inventory and often has hard-to-find pens.
Another site is
a more recent addition to the Internet, which is also run by a fountain pen enthusiast. The ads have lots of photos and good descriptions.
Pensations is not affiliated with either of the sites, but I have used both
and had positive expereinces. Check out the sites:
you may find some nice additions for your collection.
We have added a
pen event calendar
to the Pensations web site. The calendar lists pen shows, pen club meetings
and other events of interest to pen enthusiasts. Please
any item which you would like to have displayed on the calendar.
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