The Phileas fountain pen, by Waterman. I’ve written with a Phileas since 1998, with only brief breaks due to ‘broken/lost pen syndrome’. It is a workhorse of a basic fountain pen which writes better with bottle ink in a converter then from an ink cartridge. Once upon a time you could buy a Phileas at Office Max, but they’ve stopped carrying Waterman pens.
Naturally, I only found out that they had stopped carrying Waterman when my current Phileas disappeared. Lost pen syndrome. After some futile hunting around town, I turned to the internet and found the Fountain Pen Hospital. Not only will these folks sell me a new pen, they will repair broken ones! Though at the bargain basement price of the Phileas, it’s less expensive to buy a new one. The repair service does tempt me to consider investing in a better pen – at least until wisdom reminds me that I lose more pens then I break. And that I already have Waterman formulated ink (which always bemuses me – it seems a little like buying Honda brand gasoline), thus insuring that should I ever turn to another brand I will be forced to re-invest in ink and converters.
I endured my most recent bout of lost pen syndrome for about two weeks – five agonizing days of ball points and pencils until my beloved and wonderful husband (who values fountain pen induced sanity in his wife) bought me a three pack of — get this — disposable fountain pens. Something about typing that makes me dizzy. Disposable. The Pilot Varsity, available in blue, black, turquoise(?!) and purple ink. If this thought doesn’t make you dizzy, Atlas Pens will customize Varsity with your logo, and Ben has figured out how to refill them.
Anyways, after a tension filled weekend (UPS Tracking has a lot to answer for), the delivery man arrived this afternoon. Anna’s Phileas 4.0 has arrived! Note the gift wrap – “For all acts of love and pleasure are my rituals”.