I know it's mostly photos of calligraphy and metal type around here, but today is National Handwriting Day, so this is a little sample of my actual handwriting -- a little sloppy, a little indistinct. Eons ago, my high school band teacher told me I should try to make my lowercase r's more legible, and from the looks of it, I don't think I ever quite succeeded in doing so. Hopefully the message comes across, more or less! If calligraphers are talking tools, you'll likely be hearing about nibs -- Brause or Mitchell? Gillott or Hunt or Nikko? (a conversation you can bet I like to have) -- but equally important to me are the most basic, everyday tools like which pens I keep at my desk and carry around in my wallet. The pen featured above is a Pilot Razor Point, which happens to be my go-to pen at the moment. I used this pen for the first time just a few months ago, and it is dreamy. I also adore the regular old Pilot Ball Point in black (the non-retractable kind, complete with pen cap that I'm always misplacing), both because it's a great tool and for the sentimental reason that it was the pen my grandma always used to do her crosswords. The Stabilo Point 88 is yet another favorite -- and the fact that it comes in so many colors is just rainbow sprinkles on an already-perfectly-iced cake. Are you particular about your pens? If so, what are your favorites? I'd love to know!