I am a huge fan of Brad Dowdy and his Pen Addict blog and podcast but I’m going to have to provide some alternatives to his podcast gift guide. I was actually speaking out loud as the podcast was playing with my suggestions so I figured I needed to put them down for everyone else. I will not be recommending the Vanishing Point or the Retro 51 since the boys have already covered that topic fairly thoroughly but I do have some alternatives.
|The Pen Addict Recommends:||The Well-Appointed Desk recommends:||Why?|
|Render K||Sherpa||Everyone has a Sharpie, Uni-Ball rollerball or an Accent Highlighter so give them a better case to carry it in, $30.|
|Retro 51||what can I say? I do own a Retro 51 Crossword mechanical pencil. They are cool looking and reasonably priced, the rollerballs start at $21.|
|Lamy Safari||TWSBI 540 or TWSBI Mini||TWSBIs are fabulous pens that write every time, $40-50|
|Sharpie Pen||Le Pen or Sakura Pigma Micron or TUL marker pen||similar quality and prices, Le Pens have great color, Microns and TUL are great quality.|
|Kuru Toga Mechancial Pencil||I haven’t used this mechanical pencil (yet) but who am I to reject a good pencil tool?|
|Uni-Ball Signo DX (0.38)||Uni-Ball Style Fit Multi-pens||I do love the Signo DX, I think the Uni-Ball Style Fit Multis use the same ink quality for a larger pen with more than one color in a single tool.|
|Pilot Hi-Tec C||Pilot Hi-Tec C or Uni-Ball Style Fit Multi-Pens||more color choices in a single tool and a bigger grip, about $20 tops.|
|Edison Collier||Monteverde Prima||Beautiful and about one-third the price and available in a 1.1mm stub nib, $56|
|Field Notes Color Subscription||Totally agree! If you can’t afford the whole year, buy the classic kraft set or the red-blooded set as a stocking stuffer.|
|Doane Paper Utility Cover||Looks like a great gift.|
My big fuss is, as a lefty, I cannot comfortably use a Lamy Safari. I can write at almost any angle, upside down or sideways with the TWSBI 540. Pick the clear demonstrator model to show off the ink in the reservoir. The new TWSBI Mini looks great and is smaller alternative to the 540.
I am not a fan of any of the Kickstarter holders for the Hi-Tec Cs. But if you want to jazz up a pen, how about a Sherpa?
I prefer to use a multi-pen version of the Hi-Tec C or, better still, the Uni-Ball Style Fit multi-pens which are as good a gel pen as the Uni-Ball Signo DX but with more than one color (and the possibility for a mechanical pencil) in one device.
Finally, as lovely as the Edison Collier pens are the Monteverde Prima is much less expensive. Monteverde is a larger company than Edison but I cannot, with a clear conscience, ask my family to give me a pen that costs $150 at the holidays and I can’t afford to buy it for myself. The Monteverde Prima in $56, available in beautiful colors and can even be purchased with a 1.1mm stub nib. Great option, right?
Of course, a gift certificate is always a good solution to get someone hooked on good pens. And because I love all my readers, I am going to give away a $25 gift certificate for the holidays. Pass it along or treat yourself. Tell me what’s on your wishlist in the comments to enter to win.
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