Two incredible pens. Now I know, that was possibly a good start followed by the sort of noise when someone stops a record (rather than a CD and the clinical pausing of the music). You see, something rather lovely happened to me post-Blog Camp. As well as meeting lots of lovely people face to face, I also got asked to be a Cross Pens Ambassador…

(trails off, imagining a fancy do a bit like in the Ferrero Rocher ad, with beautifully arranged pens on a silver tray)*

We got a lovely rollerball pen at BlogCamp, and I have to say, when I found out it was £20 worth of pen I’ve saved it for best – or when I’m at a meeting as they look so good. Oh, and it was particularly good for drawing a picture of what my blog was about too.

Cross Ivory Forever Pearl rollerballAnyway, in the post arrived two pens. I was pretty excited as I do love pens – a good pen equals good writing, I think. But these ones blew me away; they’re properly expensive. I shared a picture on Facebook and some people identified them – and I wanted to know which kind of people would buy a nice pen like this, and for what reason. Actually, what I found was lots of people spend over £50 on a pen, so don’t mind spending that bit more – it’s a pen for life, it’s one you look after, it doesn’t just get thrown in the bottom of your bag where you find it two months later smashed up. These are proper pens for writing.

Cross Ivory Forever Pearl RollerballAs luck would have it, Shaun is doing a lot of writing very soon. On the 11th December he has what is (potentially) his last exam, when he’ll finally be qualified (we’ll find out in February) as an accountant. This is the kind of pen an accountant may use – so I have passed on the lovely Ivory/Forever Pearl rollerball pen. This is actually my preferred pen of the two – it feels heavy, yet my writing looks so good when I use it. It even comes with a leather pouch!

Cross Ivory Forever Pearl rollerball

As far as posh pens go though, the limited edition Year Of the Snake pen was like the grandmaster of pens, it comes in a super-posh case, and with its own stand. I need to understand more about this stand, and whether people who use expensive pens have these as a matter of course.

Cross Year Of The Snake RollerballThis pen is the most expensive pen I have knowingly touched and features snake-like engravings on it to commemorate the Year of the Snake. This is the kind of pen I’d want to keep in its box for fear of putting it somewhere, this is a pen which will be used for my most special of Christmas Cards and not for a shopping list. This is the kind of pen you’d buy someone you really care about – it’s built to last and is heavy and sturdy to hold, with good ink control – there’s no blobs with these pens.

Cross Year Of The Snake Rollerball

So now I have these beautiful pens around me, I need to do even more writing….

Cross Year Of The Snake Rollerball

* I hate to finish this with a story about cigarettes, but it has to be repeated somewhere. When Oasis had their glory days back when the second album came out, they played two nights at Maine Road, Manchester City’s old ground. We got VIP tickets due to my job. We’re sat around a table at the very top of the ground, carpets about 2cm thick and waiters serving us drinks. One of my friends asked if there was a cigarette machine nearby, to which the waiter then said “one moment please” and returned two minutes later with twenty cigarettes of this persons preference, neatly arranged in a wineglass. He then tilted the tray diagonally and gently rolled the cigarettes from the glass into a neat line on our table, with them stopping exactly in front of the chap who asked for them. I seem to recall his expression being that of someone unable to say a word – indeed, most of us were. It was pretty impressive. So I’m imagining this with pens.