I started writing letters when I was 13 years old. Over the years I had over a 100 different pen pals from 30+ different countries. There was nothing more exciting then to receive a long letter from a friend from overseas. I kept on writing letters until well in my mid to late 20s and then I just abruptly stopped. I couldn't find the time anymore, to sit down a write a 'proper' letter. And with the digital era making it easier to connect with friends through Facebook, twitter, flickr, messenger and what not, writing a letter seemed redundant... but recently I've really stared to miss it.
Osmiroid Calligraphy pen nibs
I only found the 'rola' nibs there (they were sold for 2,50 € each - such a steal!) and then did research on the brand and found someone on Marktplaats (Dutch 'Craigslist') selling the unopened vintage sets! Of course I had to have those, old love does die hard after all ;) So I ended up with these complete sets;
(more info on osmiroid fountain pens)
The pelikan ink cartridges I still have a lot of, so I was happy to find out that they fit in the pen nibs perfectly. But I'm really happy the calligraphy set has a ink converter also, because when I came across this gorgeous blue color ink, caribbean blue by Caran d'Ache at the fountain pen store in Amsterdam (Akkerman) well, I just couldn't leave it there, now could I? ;)
Using this italic nib and gorgeous color, I was excited to sit down and write a letter to a dear old friend of mine, Ashley P., who decided she missed writing letters too and wrote me a letter not so long ago! It was wonderful receiving a genuine letter again in the mailbox! It also felt so good again to pick up a fountain pen, some stationary (which I also collected over the years) and just write away (the letter ended up being 20 pages long!!). I hope to re-connect with some long lost pen pals, and make good use of these band new vintage tools of mine :)
Have you had any pen pals? Do you still hand write letters?
You might love this blog then too The Letter Writers Alliance
If you have a fountain pen in your drawer somewhere and are inspired to use it again
I'm excited to start writing mine :)