Most of us have computers, ipads, and smart phones. They are almost a must have in today’s fast paced way of living. Doing everything at the touch of a button makes life more convenient. Technology may have made it easier for writers to jot their thoughts anywhere they may be, but some still prefer the old tools of the trade. Some writers prefer a simple pen and a notebook, but there are others who still hold vintage writing tools above the rest.
Fountain pens are still my writing tool of choice. I remember learning to write with squeeze converter fountain pen in school, and had to be very careful when refilling from a small glass bottle filled with blue ink. Today, there are various types of filling systems for fountain pens. You can get refill cartridges, piston fillers or just dip the tip the old fashioned way. The prices for fountain pens have remained reasonable, but you’ll pay a pretty price for limited editions and collectible ones.
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An old typewriter found in your grandmother’s attic is like finding a great treasure. I didn’t use a computer until I was in high school, so I wrote most of my early poetry on my mother’s typewriter. I have every copy safely stored in a binder, but unfortunately she left the typewriter behind. A really nice, refurbished one might run you a few hundred dollars, so if you see them at a garage sale or know someone who is willing to give one away, take possession of it before it becomes even harder to find.
Are you one of those writers who love the smell of a real leather cover and the texture of hand crafted paper? I came across this fantastic website on Instagram called Innovative Journaling. They create beautiful journals you can customize, and the quality of the products they offer is definitely worth the price. You can check out their website to find a gift any writer in your life would very much appreciate.
Some find it quite relaxing to write with a fountain pen, rather than type on a keyboard. If you are one of those who still lack confidence in technology, then you know the worth a typewriter still has. The feel of a hand-made journal can certainly inspire one to write wherever they may be. If you are a serious writer, then you will certainly appreciate the value of these vintage writing tools.
Written by: Donna J. Sanders
Donna is a freelance writer and blogger in West Palm Beach, FL. She is the author of Ataraxia, Cardboard Signs, and Devour Me.
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