By Pamela Brill
Here’s something particularly satisfying about the fine art of handwriting. Letting the pen glide over rich, creamy paper, while listening to the delicious sound of the ink touching the page with each stroke of the pen, creates a sensory experience worth savoring. In fact, for many letter writers, this experience is highly personal and entails much more than simple information. “Handwritten notes reflect one’s mood and reveal personality traits through the slant and thickness of the letters,” says Rita O’Brien, a handwriting enthusiast from New York City. “They bear traces of the writer’s essence.”
For those who relish the experience of putting pen to paper, fine writing instruments better serve that purpose. For instance, consider the Cross Peerless 125 Limited Edition fountain pen, boasting a wide nib made of 18-karat gold to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Cross’s first fountain pen. Similarly, the Swiss-manufactured Caran d’Ache Varius ceramic black fountain pen has an 18-karat gold, rhobium-coated nib, in a sleek design available in three writing widths.
Collectors who covet a hard-to-find acquisition might invest in the Quatrefoil writing instrument from British artisan Jack Row. Designed in sterling silver, rose gold, blue sapphire and diamond, this limited-edition pen is available in fountain, roller ball and fine liner styles. Also offered in strictly limited quantities is the Montblanc Writers Edition William Shakespeare fountain pen, the barrel of which is evocative of a quill pen and whose clip ring is modeled after the golden earring worn in Shakespeare’s portrait.
Those with a penchant for annual-release pens might appreciate the Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2016, inspired by Empress Maria Theresa and the rare Chinese screens at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna. Another seasonal release, each Staedtler Pen of the Season is designed by a world-renowned artist and features an 18-karat gold nib and platinum-coated design.
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Pamela Brill, a journalist who writes about lifestyle trends for a variety of print and online publications.
In the fast-paced world of texting and emailing, the handwritten note appears to be on the verge of extinction. And that’s precisely why this form of communication has taken on even greater significance, both for the writer and the recipient. “Our handwriting is unique,” says Sharon Schweitzer, founder of Protocol and Etiquette Worldwide. “It reflects so much about us…and when we receive mail, we all look at handwritten notes first.”
Regardless of the occasion—whether you are thanking a colleague for a business referral or neighbors for their dinner party—a handwritten note signifies appreciation and value. “The fact that you took time out of your busy day to sit down and focus solely on the recipient says more than any typed message,” the international consultant and author says. “It demonstrates to recipients, both business and personal, that they are a priority.”
Using a fine writing instrument to craft a note makes this experience even more meaningful. “The process is much more enjoyable as the words flow beautifully across the page,” enthuses Schweitzer. “The more frequently you write, the more elegant your perfectly penned notes become.”—PB