Thursday, September 29, 2011

Surprise...Morning Glory Mach 3

Everyone loves surprises right?  Good surprises are better than bad surprises also.. right?  I guess it depends on the outcome. Certain things are good- like... a call from an old friend, finding a few minutes in your day you weren't expecting, a dry diaper (sorry...potty training in the Good Pens household...it's where my head is right now.)  But there's also bad surprises... The Red Sox Tanking, Braves Missing out, wisdom teeth needed yanked etc.It's like luck and here's one of my favorite stories about this:

There is a Chinese story of an old farmer who had a horse for tilling his fields. One day the horse escaped into the hills and, when all the farmer's neighbors sympathised with the old man over his bad luck, the farmer replied, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'
A week later the horse returned with a herd of wild horses from the hills and this time the neighbours congratulated the farmer on his good luck. His reply was, 'Good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?'
Then, when the farmer's son was attempted to tame one of the wild horses, he fell off its back and broke his leg. Everyone thought this very bad luck. Not the farmer, whose only reaction was, 'Bad luck? Good luck? Who knows?'
Some weeks later the army marched into the village and conscripted every able-bodied youth they found there. When they saw the farmer's son with his broken leg they let him off. Now was that good luck? Bad luck? Who knows?

There are variations of the story, but you get the idea.  Any-who...let's talk about pens. 
The other day I met a friend for dinner at an awesome little place called the H-Mart.  Think Asian Grocery Store slash Asian Wal-Mart. You get the idea...usually, I am there for the food, but I popped over to a little store that had just about every sort of Hello Kitty product ever made in it.  There is  a tiny sliver of a pen aisle and I couldn't resist. 

















I looked down...and here where these little munchkins in between the Pinky erasers and Hello Kitty scissors. Quick mental rundown of the situation: 3 pack, .38, multiple colors and only $5.99...Check Please!
Two minutes later I am telling a story and MUST pull one of these out to draw a graphic and I stop in my tracks...It really is a .38.  -it's not bleeding on the receipt like a stuck pig and I do like the blue color. What.The.Hell?  Surprise!  I have seen the pens that say "Extra Fine" or "Super Fine" and generally they crank out more ink than a tattoo parlor. 
These are made in Korea and Morning Glory is the manufacturer.You can buy them here:  Who Knew?  And Googling shows me The Office Supply Geek reviewed a similar pen here.  Surprise! 
A couple days later and I am still pretty amazed by these things. they have stayed on my desk and my old pens are staring at these guys like they are cutting into their territory. (Sarasa's can be so sassy.)  The ink stays crispy on most paper and I while I doubt that I will ever really use the red one- the blue is growing on me.  
Clicking makes the picture bigger and clearer.  This is recycled paper and I had very little faith the pen would hold up here.  I am very happy with this set...good price, nice lines, unexpected quality...and that is a good surprise.. or is it?

Update Jetpens also sells some pens from this manufacturer.  Surprise!

4 comments:

Iris said...

The Morning Glory site also has a set of 3 which are black, yellow and pink.

Seth said...

Nice Iris. good find. I might have to get some of those also.

Kerry said...

i absolutely love my Morning Glory Mach II's! They always write, and they seem to last forever. I've had one for a year, that I use all the time, and it has a little less than half the ink left!
They're 0.4 and don't bleed like some V5's I've used.

Anonymous said...

this is a cool pen. living in auckland, i couldnt find any satisfying pens but i saw this one. i bought it, and it works perfectly!