In praise of analogue writing

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Class - a design classic - are they comfortable to use? It kind of looks like the pocket clip would get in the way? - I.
I do enjoy using the Capless and it has been with me now for many years. I do not have many pens (Lamy and Parker only which have not been used in 20 years) so I do not have much experience in terms of comparison. I do find it comfortable. The clip, counter intuitively, does not affect the grip or the feel of the pen, which is well balanced and ergonomic. The pen lives in a leather pouch so I also never use the clip as intended.
 

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I love handamatic typing.

If I'm writing to some one in particular I tend to use cotton based paper and either a Waterman fountain, a Cross roller and any old piece of scribbling tool which I can find.

I filled in an immigration form in Mexico using a fountain pen and they were absolutely bewildered having never seen one before. A big 'Que es esta?'

I think the biggest issue is spelling, as there is no spell check available. Between that and the basic use of English. Were, where, we're, etc. Makes me cringe. As for my wife she passionately hates bad English and gives no quarter. I guess having a masters in the subject goes a long way.

Keep writing alive

Ps. I also have to hand make any birthday cards, Christmas cards etc for my wife and have done for the past 38 years. I recently found out she has kept every single one of them.
 
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I think the biggest issue is spelling, as there is no spell check available. Between that and the basic use of English. Were, where, we're, etc. Makes me cringe. As for my wife she passionately hates bad English and gives no quarter. I guess having a masters in the subject goes a long way.
Fair point mate - I'm with Mrs Satanfriendly - I never trust spell-checkers - nine times out of ten - they will correct British English forms with American - for starters - also they don't pick up on homophones - which English is riddled with. I'm okay with grammar and punctuation - a combination of having done some proof-reading and also - I am a massive pedant. If I'm writing old-school - and I am not convinced that I know how to correctly spell a word - just think of another - that means roughly the same thing - that you can. It is also an age thing - one of the few advantages we over 50's have - laptops, tablets and computers were not ubiquitous when we were at school. A former lecturer told me - I went to Uni at 40 - that she loved having mature students - as we could string a sentence together and write legibly - apparently - what were supposed to be the brightest and best of the young things - routinely turned in 3000 word essays in - what was not far off - text-speak. Digital communication has fundamentally changed the nature of inter-personal communication - if you are angry with someone - the very act of having to sit down - get some paper, a pen and then compose a response - go post it - gives you time to think - to consider - do I really mean that - or want to say it? As opposed to - dashing off an email - the sort that end with - oh, and another thing - I pumped yer dug! Better than yer ma was. At least the dug gave me a reach around. :) We've all done it.

There are many reasons to - keep writing alive - I.
 
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Absolutely @Digimonkey

My wife has did proof reading for the Mexican girl I mentioned in another thread when she did her masters. She was amazed at the standard of her English in every respect.

Other than all that; actually writing with a pen (or pencil) is an art form we should never lose. It says a lot about a person. One of the most beautifully written notes I have received in the past year or so was from @Rohleder . Just so esquisitetly presented. I kept it as I love art at the best of times and this was art.
 
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Interesting topic.

My handwriting was at its worst during my university years.

For a few years now I handwrite letters, take a picture of it and forward it via Whatsapp or Email.

I write letters with a cheap Chinese fountain pen, I'm very happy with the results.
 
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I looked at better pens but decided against upgrading as it's very easy to spend silly money very quickly.
Fair comment - a bit like shaving porn? You don't have to spend a pile of money - to have decent writing tools - see below - all easily affordable - but will still allow free expression of your handwriting - but not one will be as good as my Century music nib -

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Cheers - I. Oh - the paper - Rhodia A4 pad - all prices quoted - current at Cult Pens.

@Boycie83 @Satanfriendly @Missoni
 
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