For most of recorded history, pens behaved themselves. That is, they stayed close at hand in a fixed spot, never going out on the town. This is because for thousands of years, people wrote with cut feathers. These quills were trimmed with a pen knife and then rested near the writer’s inkpot. Rarely did they travel with their owners (Charles Dickens was an exception), and never very tidily.
Only when humans figured out how to design pens that carried their own ink supply—an innovation known as the fountain pen—did pens become portable. The fountain pen’s cap crowned the achievement: portable and (relatively) unspillable.
But portability came with an unexpected side effect: some pens left home, never to return. Other pens got misplaced, left in a bag or jacket pocket, and not there at your desk when you sat down to write—blast it!
Feeling secure in the knowledge that your pen stays home, patiently waiting for you right where you left it, is a simple pleasure to savor. And that is why we are happy to offer a major step backwards in writing technology—the Peninsula Pen.
Like a welcoming lighthouse extending out into the turbulent waters of life and then beckoning you back to port, your Peninsula Pen is something you can depend on. Once you lift it from its pedestal and heft its elongated, elegant body in your hand, you’ll understand what the world gave up with abbreviated traveling pens.
Peninsula doesn’t have to fit in a bag or pocket, and so it stretches out luxuriously, the way goose feathers did. It bothers not with a traveling cap. It travels no farther than your arm’s length, then comes back to its port.
Sit at your favorite writing spot, write a love note, pen a correspondence card, then put your Peninsula back where you know it will stay, until you reach for it again.
Sometimes going back is the way forward.