"Through the (almost) 5 years since I’ve left college, I’ve been keenly
aware of the declining quality of my penmanship. Like so many others, 99% of
the written word I generate is recorded via a keyboard and computer instead of
via pen and ink. About two years ago, I decided that, in order to reverse the
declining quality of my handwriting, I needed to be very intentional about
regularly picking up a pen and writing. Around the same time I came to this
realization, I was gifted my first fountain pen by Mr. Anderson. Shortly after
receiveing the pen (and ordering some inks from Levenger), I picked up my first
Moleskine and started writing regularly. Since that time, I’ve tried (with
varying success) to sit down at least once weekly to write a few pages.
Honestly, I can’t say that my penmanship has improved a whole lot, but that’s
okay. I’ve really come to enjoy the ritual that comes along with “real”
writing. Like the ritual of filling, tamping, lighting, and enjoying a nice
pipe with a friend, I take joy in the process of selecting ink, drawing it up
into the pen and putting the ink to paper in a meaningful way…"