Takumi Yoshida's Aptus pen

Beschizza is the resident pen fancier, and I admire him the hobby. As a writer, I have always admired the elegance of the fountain pen, the way in which a bronze nib might tattoo a cursive trail of words into some creamy stock, the orich ink welling up like blood. It has a certain poetry to it. Unfortunately, the laptop generation has spoiled me: writing by waggling your wrist and smearing ink seem like something a caveman would do. Takkumi Yoshida's Aptus pen is yet another pang in my pen loving heart: the undulating ribbon of its body is specially designed to fit the hand just right, each contour ergonomically suited to the task of fluid, comfortable writing. I'd love to have one, yet know it would just join a legion of virgin Bics in the limbo of my pencil jar. Fits My Hand Just Right [Yanko Design]
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6 Responses to Takumi Yoshida's Aptus pen

  1. bardfinn says:

    I play a drum with a drumstick that is held in a manner that is much in the same way as a pen is held. I’ve carved my own sticks over the years and I keep coming back to a simple cylinder with a few subtle knurls or indents that provide tactile feedback to my fingers as to the position of the stick.

    Little surprise, then, that my favorite pen is the BIC round stic.

    (Aside: The fellow in the picture is choking up on the stickpen.)

  2. opus7600 says:

    I can’t locate the original, but that reminds me almost exactly of a pen I saw a few months back. The gimmick was, it was just a sheet of stamped metal, and you had to fold the pieces yourself.

  3. Anonymous says:

    How apt, for the birthday of Laszlo Jozsef Biro, inventer of the ballpoint pen! (In his honor, this is “Inventors’ Day” in Argentina, a holiday other nations might want to consider.)

    yrs trly,

    Manko Eponymous

  4. Enochrewt says:

    …writing by waggling your wrist and smearing ink seem like something a caveman would do.

    Will you please tell my english professor that!? She actually had the nerve to tell me that “A real writer has no problem using pen and paper.” when I asked to type the midterm instead of writing it.

    No pen helps with writing if you haven’t “practiced” it in the last 10-15 years beyond signing checks and the like.

  5. SamSam says:

    The problem with “specially designed to fit the hand just right” is that everyone holds a pen differently, and no one holds the pen like the inventor.

    Particularly in this case, where the model is holding the pen a good half-inch above where a normal person might.

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