As they improve, guitarists gradually acquire pedals for reverb and gain and flange, PC gamers acquire expensive graphics cards, snowboarders become downright gleeful about jumping from lethal heights... and fountain pen owners start to hunt for demonstrator pens, 14k gold nibs, and piston fillers.
“Do you have a pen?”
If you’ve ever been forced to rely on the pen charity of strangers around you, you’ll know the frantic nature of such a request. It’s usually accompanied by a flurry of activity as you rummage through various compartments and bags, fruitlessly pushing the contents around. As the professor starts writing the essay prompt on the board and you see the whole lecture hall bend studiously over their desks, it soon becomes apparent that you are doomed. No pen is going to materialize. Or worse, someone lends you a dried-out husk of a Bic.
For your sake, we’ve compiled this neat guide on portable miniature pens. Use them as stocking stuffers, or keep them all to yourself -- they’re perfect for jotting on business cards, signing checks, recording directions, or writing quick notes.
Certain materials just look like they belong on a space colony of some sort. Titanium is one of these materials; carbon fiber is another. It's easy to picture that iconic carbon fiber weave pattern against a harsh lunar landscape, or perhaps integrated into the sleek controls of a spaceship.
Carbon fiber is a high-tech material with an incredible strength-to-weight ratio. It's stronger than steel, lighter than aluminum, and resists corrosion. It was initially developed for aerospace applications, but soon became an important material for sporting goods (like vaulting poles, bikes, and longboards) as well as musical instruments (like bagpipes, guitars, and cellos).
And now, it's entering the world of pens.