This is mostly about my lovely new Waterman ringtop lever fill pen, but I couldn’t let a new toy post pass without a showing of this:
Right? Nice chunky full grain leather belt with detachable buckle that’s an 8mm, 10mm, 11mm hex wrench, phillips screwdriver, flathead screwdriver and bottle opener. See it here.
Anyway, on to the pen. I bought ‘im on the intertubes (it is a 52 1/2 V to be precise. Which I think means it’s from about the 20s and is made of hard rubber), expecting to have to replace the sac and fiddle with it quite a bit – but no. It was pretty much good to go. I cleaned it out a little and just started straight in. It’s really very lovely – I am no fountain pen aficionado, but I have heard of the fabled artist nib that Waterman made in the ’30s, and long to try one – but this one is really very nice to use, and seems to have a good thin – thick range.
testing the new nib..
With a standard Parker 51 for comparison – the ring top pens are quite a bit smaller than a standard sized version.
The nib’s not quite an Artist nib but pretty pointy and flexy I think..
I’ve just started on a distance learning children’s book illustration course, for which one of the first exercises is a study in textures. I tried out the pen. In sketching mode I don’t seem to use the thickness variation a lot.
Ringtop pens are supposedly less sought after because they are smaller. I don’t understand this. Smaller things are awesome!
Just because it might save someone a bit of pain; if you are getting extremely tedious messages like the below when trying to use git in textmate after your upgrade (forced by an ill-timed and catastrophic hardware failure* or not), here are steps to fix. My googling found an awful lot of not very helpful stuff..
Evil error messages of doom:
sh: line 1: git: command not found
Administration >> Update Git bundle:
Updating git bundle
/Users//Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles/Git.tmbundle/Support/tmvc/../lib/git.rb:131:in `paths’: No selected files. (RuntimeError) from /Users//Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles/Git.tmbundle/Support/tmvc/../lib/git.rb:80:in `path’ from /Users//Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles/Git.tmbundle/Support/tmvc/../lib/git.rb:89:in `path_for’ from /Users//Library/Application Support/TextMate/Bundles/Git.tmbundle/Support/tmvc/../lib/git.rb:415:in `with_path’ from /tmp/temp_textmate.cRVD5L:22
add the path to your git bin (get it by typing which git in a terminal window. remove the trailing git) in Preferences >> Advanced >> Shell Variables >> PATH like so:
I then left it in it’s little box for a while after the initial enthusiasm was side-tracked by puppies or kittens or head trauma or something. Looking at it again, and comparing it to all the lovely I AM THE FUTURE bleeding edge of cool sites out there now my design blends in to the crowd.
It is not compatible with Stanza* (see comments from Neelan Choksi), the best ebook reader ever – although less happy for their prospects since they sold out to Amazon.. Oh Kindle for iPhone. How sad you make me. Not quite as sad as iBooks. But pretty sad.
It takes THREE BILLION YEARS to download a POCKET edition of a book?
I have to install some random extra product to my iphone (after a non trivial search to find the goddamned thing in the first place) to view it?
What. The. Shit.
*Note the dearth of development since the buyout. And it is still better than the Kindle app by roughly one million miles of subjective value distance.