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The parable of the fountain pen


2012_07_28
Originally uploaded by nice_cup_of_tea
I am by instinct and by genetics a hoarder (thanks to the Channer side of the family!) and work hard to reduce the stuff that I hang onto. I have had this lovely Waterman fountain pen in my desk for about 20 years and each time I have done a clear out, I have tested it and been disappointed that it didn't work, but still been unable to get rid of it. I think it was my godmother's pen. I always felt that it would write well and it felt wrong to give up on something so old and of original quality.

In January, a stationary shop in Zurich gave me the address of an independant pen repairer. I spoke to the owner and sent the pen, without much real hope of it being repaired. And then completely forgot about it.

On Friday, I had to pick up a registered letter from the post office and worried that it was from our rental agency (long fight about our flat, different post!). I opened the package and there was my pen! Beautifully restored and repaired. And it writes smoothly and wonderfully.

I love pleasant surprises. I love the swiss way of underpromising and overdelivering. I love the fact that I was able to repair on old pen that belonged to someone I loved and that I can continue to use. And I love the fact that it still sometimes makes sense to hold onto something and get it repaired!

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skyring
Jul. 30th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
What a great story!

I think i was famous in Canberra for being the only cabbie who used a fountain pen. If a passenger had to sign a voucher or something, I pulled my gold Waterman fountain pen out of my pocket and they looked at me with stars in their eyes!

And what a pleasure to write with!
nice_cup_of_tea
Jul. 30th, 2012 06:33 am (UTC)
Thanks - I also love the idea of a cabbie with a wonderful fountain pen. Bet the punters were too overawed to think about running off with it!
skyring
Jul. 30th, 2012 07:03 am (UTC)
Normal biros, I lose. Good pens, I keep a close eye on them!
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