Open topic: What do YOU want to see in the future on Brassing?

1 10 2009

Whoa…two posts in one day? Better pace myself or I’ll burn out early! πŸ™‚

I’ve had this conversation with a couple of you offline and in person, but I haven’t done much with this as an “open forum” kind of question. The way I see it, I have a bunch of different directions that I could pursue with this blog, and I guess I’m looking for some input from those of you who read it fairly frequently.

What topics have your attention right now that I might be able to write about?

I’m not quite out of ideas yet, and I’ve got a few of my own, but in addition to some of the stuff you’ve seen from me since this blog got started a couple of years ago (reviews, a hack or two, bang for the buck lists, etc.), what types of things are you most interested in reading about?

Leave your suggestions in the comment queue below, and let’s see where this goes!





9 responses

1 10 2009

I’m very interested in student pens, or good pens for a student. Ones that aren’t too expensive, but are great on sub-part paper, printer paper, in places where people don’t care about precious pens that you saved up for months to afford.
Those are the type of pens I’d like to hear about. Everyone else is obsessed with the nicest pens, the brightest inks. I just want fountain pen quality without sacrificing the instrument every time some idiot stumbles across it in my things.

5 10 2009

JonelB, thanks for your comment. With respect to the student/starter pens, check here for the start of my “Bang For The Buck” series.

1 10 2009
Anton Emdin

An article on customised pens/nibs might be interesting. From hand-made one-offs, to nibmeisters, to custom mixed inks and hand-pressed paper.

For me, that is the most exciting part of fountain pens, and a side that many people (that aren’t into pens) are not even aware of.

1 10 2009

Great article topics from both of you! I agree with respect to the one-offs; it’s a very interesting and exciting part of the hobby/industry and one that really didn’t get much love until Brian Gray came along and started creating his terrific designs.

With respect to the student pens that go anywhere and usually write fairly well (and that won’t cause deep depression if they go missing), I did touch on that topic during the early summer last year with the bang-for-the-buck series. There’s probably more that could be flushed out of the topic as a whole, but there might be at least a little to get you started if you check there. Look at the posts with pens under $10 and $30 and see if any of that information might help out.

Anton, one last note to you about inks and such…I’ve got a few recipes that I should put together. Gimme a bit to do it, though; some of those recipes were in my head and may require a little testing to get them back to what I remembered.

3 10 2009
Ryan M

I’m mostly interested in your stunning macrophotography. It’s like pen porn. Of course, I always read the articles too. πŸ™‚

3 10 2009

Ha ha! Glad I can help out in that regard (although I feel a little creepy doing it, now that it’s been tagged as pen porn)! πŸ™‚

I’ll try to keep it coming for you.

5 10 2009

It could be just my impression but it seems to me there is a slow but sure resurgence in people picking FP’s back up (or up for the first time) at least as evidenced on FPN.

How about a “guest columinst” slot on your blog angled more towards the newer fountain pen person. It would give a dual purpose attractiveness to your blog both for the more experienced user and for those not so experienced. Articles maybe on frequently discussed points like, elementary pen care, cheap but good paper, how to improve handwriting, what first pen to get, what first vintage pen to get, etc; I suspect you have numerous pen friends who are passable writers who would contribute but don’t have the time or resources to maintain their own independent blogs.

(Funny to see YOU going for the matte finish. Yet another FPer with fingerprintaphobia. Maybe I’ll take some 2000 grit paper to my 14kt Gold Cross Century. πŸ˜‰ )

5 10 2009

Bruce, since you suggested it…see my email from this morning.

Also…I’ve got your address…don’t take 2000-grit to metal. You’ve been warned… πŸ™‚

7 10 2009
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