Monday, January 25, 2010


The ink cartridges for my Rotring Rapidograph finally came the other day.

It's a good thing that I remembered where I put the instructions, because those Germans have a clever way of engineering. Very sneaky but it also makes so much sense. The pen has an integrated "point extractor", which is awesome and clearly wasn't thought of by myself when I tried prying it apart with my teeth. And an awl...and finally, pliers. Oh right--instructions. And the fact that I knew exactly where the instructions were is impressive.

About a year and a half ago I switched from Koh-I-Noor Rapidograph pens. I was looking for my old photo in my flickr, and stumbled across my ramblings from then, too...

from flickr:
"oh, my sweet sweet koh-i-noor rapidograph pen.

we enjoyed many good times...and endured many bad.

we had a good thing going until you could not seem to sputter an even line. and so after many tribulations, i have decided to say goodbye.

and replace you with a rotring rapidograph which, by the way, i'm already in love with. goodbye."

"hello, you.

while you're not as pretty as my old rapidograph (sorry), i know that looks aren't everything. it's personality that counts, right? so prove yourself to koh-i-noor...i know that you'll be better.

no more ink spills. no more shaking and dotting and shaking some more, only to be whipped across the room and dealt with later. no more more frantically hoping that ink will wipe away from the apartment sink. no more maintenance or refilling only to find my fingertips blackened. you are going to be better than him, i know it. and by him i mean koh-i-noor. "


*notice the "finally" lettering, written twice...yes, anticipation gets me every time.

Anyway, the point is that I love my technical pen. Do you use them for anything? What size do you use? Okay, that's all.

1 comment:

Shona~ LALA dex press said...

I don't do any pen + ink drawing. A friend got me a decent set, but dare I say I use them for everyday writing (checks, lists, etc) because they write so well. My dad has a full set of both you mention, in a drawer somewhere, replaced by his computer.