The Poor Penman was started out of need. Not a need in the market of pen and stationery bloggers, there are plenty of those around. This was a personal need to write, to express, and to share some fresh perspectives and insights from someone who doesn’t have the nicest handwriting or the deepest pockets. This site is a new source for information, reviews, and shopping guides for pen addicts and enthusiasts on a budget. Whatever your budget is, the pen you buy should be worth it.

What’s in it for me?

Well, aside from having a justification for buying all these pens and notebooks for myself, my ultimate goal is really education. When I get into a hobby or fandom, I tend to want to know everything about it. And the more I learn about a subject, the more I want to share that knowledge with others. This is a place I made for myself to talk about pens, inks, paper, and whatever else catches my interest. To share what knowledge I gather with anyone else who wants to know.

Pat Rothfuss has described a ‘Geek’ as someone who is enthusiastic beyond reason.

I am, among other things, a Pen Geek.


The Poor Penman

P.S. If you like what I do, and want to help me escape the crushing boot of Capitalism, maybe buy me a coffee?

“The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money.
Take boots, for example. He earned thirty-eight dollars a month plus allowances. A really good pair of leather boots cost fifty dollars. But an affordable pair of boots, which were sort of OK for a season or two and then leaked like hell when the cardboard gave out, cost about ten dollars. Those were the kind of boots Vimes always bought, and wore until the soles were so thin that he could tell where he was in Ankh-Morpork on a foggy night by the feel of the cobbles.
But the thing was that good boots lasted for years and years. A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that’d still be keeping his feet dry in ten years’ time, while the poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet.
This was the Captain Samuel Vimes ‘Boots’ theory of socioeconomic unfairness.”

― Terry Pratchett, Men at Arms: The Play