Saturday, May 29, 2004

Drawing by Gaslight


I draw with a Rotring Artpen, guzzling six or more ink cartridges a week. I use the medium lettering nib. I've been using the same pen for the last few years -- I don't mean the model, I mean the pen in my hand, the logo abraded from too many handshakes -- and I'd like to replace it. But when I've uncapped a new Artpen, with supposedly the same nib, it's not. It draws a different line, and the nib feels too springy. Either Rotring has changed the model in sly fashion, or the store where I bought the pen is run by fans of Gaslight.