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Old 04-02-2016, 09:36 AM
UncleFred UncleFred is offline
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Originally Posted by Francis Vaughan View Post
Heh, I have a Caran D'Ache fountain pen. It is lovely. It is my main writing implement.

I an surprised no-one has mentioned Henry Petroski's seminal work The Pencil.

Everyone should read at least one of his books. To Engineer is Human is perhaps the key one, but The Pencil is a wonderful read. Probably answers the OP's question. (My copy is at home, I might try to find it in the mire later.)
I have maybe a half-dozen of his books, including "The Pencil". He has an amazing ability to take an obscure but mildly interesting topic and make it truly dull. Really. You've got to struggle through his writing style to get the satisfaction of the content. Still, I did buy all those books, which is what probably counts.

Last edited by UncleFred; 04-02-2016 at 09:37 AM.