Today I finally started using the new Parker pen my love bought for me. It is a silver fountain pen with ‘Shaun Liew’ and ‘17.08.2013’ engraved on the cover.
This pen is very different from a ballpoint pen. The pen bares its nib, feed, slit, breathing hole and tipping material a.k.a the iridium but its anatomy design is not what differentiates itself from the average ballpoint pen. With a ballpoint pen, it is ridiculously simple. Press the tip on the surface you are writing harder and you get more ink. However, a fountain pen needs its writer’s grip to be relaxed. The writer needs to be delicate with it like flipping a fish fillet while pan frying it in some olive oil. You need to be gentle enough so that the fish stays at a complete piece and doesn’t flake into unattractive bits.
Also, each fountain pen has its own personality and this I found out from several Internet pages. With a ballpoint pen, even a person with the most restricted and inflexible grip can write a full sentence without its letters being in different shades of black or blue. However when using a fountain pen, you need to find its sweet spot to write consistently dark letters. To do this, one must practice and take their time with the pen because it needs to be dealt with oh-so-gently. It craves for the writer’s patience too as it too struggles with the unfamiliar movement of your rough calloused hand to cater to your artistic needs.
Oddly, this pen resembles my primary school Chinese teacher who once nagged me frequently due to my poor handwriting. This pen doesn’t take shit from you. You will not be able to maintain that writing ‘style’ of yours unless your letters are if not already uniformly aligned to each other to create a constant pattern of words instead of a ‘luan chi ba zao’ one. ‘Luan qi ba zao’ is what my teacher used to describe my handwriting. It literally means ‘chaos seven eight messy’. That pretty much says it all. Maybe my Chinese teacher possessed the pen with her mind power, giving it the order “If one errant stroke exists, stop releasing ink until he writes perfectly again.”
Maybe soon I will write like the typical dainty Chinese schoolgirl. Thanks for the pen again, baby.