The rubber sleeve on the pen seems to lose it’s grip on the pen when subjected to heat for prolonged periods of time.
Over time the rubber expands but doesn’t contract again so the sleeve gets sloppy and eventually makes it difficult to get the pen in and out of the garage.
I’ve had three pens replaced under warranty in the last year. A bother, but HP has been pretty good about it.
I found a pen holder for my old Wacom tablet is perfect for storing the pen when I’m using the docking station. That way the pen stays cool and close at hand.
Musings of a Fountain Pen writer
Got to thinking about a Cross Capped Pen. When the first “uncapped” versions came out, I was underwhelmed. I like the feel of the HP TC1100 pen, although the thinner Toshiba pen is fine too. I just couldn’t see the point of a pen that would not fit into the holders of my Tablet PCs. I should add that I was never a fan of the ubiquitous Cross ballpoint with its slick finish and skinny barrel.
Uncapping the Pen
Visualize the flourish that comes of uncapping a fountain pen. This simple motion has traditionally preceded something momentous like the signing of a treaty or the beginning of a work of art.
Sometimes it presages a significant change such as going from negotiation to the signing of a contract or perhaps simply, signing a cheque. Uncapping the pen suggests something permanent is about to happen.
Our technologies and the rate at which they change defy any sense of lasting value. I miss the feel of ink on parchment. I long for the roughness of wood. Uncapping the pen is a time to pause, to consider, to take it slow. It conveys a measured thought. It precedes a deliberate and purposeful act. (do a google search on the phrase “uncapping the pen” and get an appreciation for how significant this simple act has been in western culture).
Attend a meeting and look around. Who has the power? Is it the person who whips out a laptop? How about the one who pulls a simple stick pen from a pocket and scratches a note on a pad of paper.
There is something deliberate in opening a beautiful portfolio. There is something masterful in slowly uncapping the pen. It is a sign. Something important is about to happen. Perhaps I will order that capped pen for my Tablet PC.
The Mind Map below came first, and words above came later. It’s a little fuzzy because I shrunk the image so it would fit better here.
MindMap Uncapping the Pen:
This originally appeared in my posting at Tablet PC Buzz