Ask my pen; it governs me,—I govern not it.

As I was looking for a holder for the Esterbrook Nº 356 nibs that I got, I ran across dip pens being produced by Steven P. Engen of Cottonwood, AZ. While these could hold a Nº 356 nib, they're not particularly well suited for that particular purpose.

None-the-less, I was especially attracted by this pen made of African blackwood and alabaster (here with an Esterbrook Nº 048 nib):

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It arrived yester-day and was as nice as it had looked in its pictures. I then ordered this pen made of olivewood and ironwood:
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Honestly, I'm not sure how much I'll use them for writing (now-a-days, my every-day pen is a Lamy cp 1 black fountain pen), but I figured that I'd later think back with regret if I failed to get these two pens.

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