A Bad Workman Always Blames His Tools
Grrr. This expression is all about pens to me. I can remember my teachers critical know it all face when I was trying to explain that good handwriting and good pens go hand in hand (although not that eloquently). Pen failure means failure to present well on the page. Just because a bad workman always blames his tools doesn’t mean blaming one’s tools is a sign of being a bad workman.
Some tools are better for a job than others. While Michaelangelo might have been able to work wonders with a biro I’m sure a modern day fountain pen would have given him chills – to see the way the ink flows effortlessly and every mark is the way you intend.
As it turned out this drawing didn’t really illustrate my point. Because all 3 pens sort of did ok. Although the PITT failed on ease of use with a light wrist, the Lamy failed on any marks other than a straight line following the nib and the Parker – well, it’s just not cut out for my kind of drawing – it’s all heavy with the ink with no tolerance for light gestures.
I can learn to adapt to any. But I’d rather the tool worked with me than against. For now.