Yesterday, I was contacted about a new Kickstarter project. My understanding of the essence of this project is that it tries to fine-tune the common fountain pen (and rollerball) design to make a better pen for a ‘broad spectrum of users’.
The Hungarian designer behind this project has worked with Montblanc and Montegrappa which looks like a very promising starting point for this project. Not wanting to fall into stereotypes, but Hungary has a reputation for great inventors, think of the biro, the Rubik’s cube, the gömböc, etc, so all I can say here is ‘no pressure’ ;^)
I have a small update for my 2016 blog post about Massimo Fecchi, the Italian artist who draws comics with the, in my opinion, best proportions, shapes and lines with beautiful variations.
When I asked Massimo about his pencils in 2016 he used a Rotring Tikky II for his initial drawings. Recently, he posted a photo of himself drawing for fans at the Comic Con in Wels, Austria. In this photo, he has switched pencils, or rather pencil models, not the pencil brand. When I asked him he told me that he is now usually using a Rotring 500 in either 0.5 mm or 0.7 mm. He described it as being lighter and more precise than the Tikky II.
I find it astonishing that even though most of us amateurs associate heavier pens, including mechanical pencils, with a more luxurious pen or better quality, while the professionals, in this case, Massimo, who use pencils as tools to get work done value lightness, probably to stop them from getting some sort of finger fatigue.
I believe that the use of this Massimo Fecchi’s photos falls under “fair dealing” as described by the UK Copyright service.