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jww wrote:My handwriting is so atrocious, that I have always waffled on acquiring a good pen. Being left-handed, I was subjected in the 60s to the exercise of being forced to sit on my "bad" hand in 4th grade and only write with my right hand. The results over a week were so bad, that my teacher finally gave up and let me go back to my left hand. My handwriting never actually recovered after that.
On top of this trauma, my hands cramp up something awful if I write consecutively for longer than a few minutes .... and the discomfort is quite acute. I do not have arthritis (apparently from blood tests anyway).
But having said all this - I have to admit that sometimes there is nothing like taking a pen in hand and working with paper. I have a few Moleskine journals (pocket size to hard-cover large) and love the quality and build of them. I have often thought of getting a good rollerball pen. I pine to own a MontBlanc simply because they are so exquisite -- I know -- you are all scratching your heads at this point in the post. I had a fountain pen years ago in high school, but couldn't figure out a writing method that allowed me to write with some degree of legibility and not have ink all over the side of my left hand, and streaked characters on the page.
I tried calligraphy for a while, and loved it, but again, without a steady hand, and troubled with poor handwriting skills, I just didn't stick with it.
Fortunately, my ability to wet shave isn't affected by this.
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