Possibly the geekiest post Ive ever published. Ever.

But Im a little drunk, so I will forgive myself for now. Well obviously I will, Im drunk. Im a terribly forgiving drunk. What was I writing about? Oh aye, got it.


Hello, my fellow stationery-spods. I know youre out there. Hello.

Now, brothers and sisters, I have a quandry, and I desperately need your help.

As you may know, Im attached – to the point of fanaticism – to my Moleskine page-a-day diary, but for the last year or so, while Ive been travelling a lot, Ive developed a bit of a problem.

See, Id long ago decided that the best pen for the medium-weight, smooth paper of the moleskine, offering enough diversity in nib size for every occasion, was the Rotring xonox graphic drawing pen. Now, I usually use a 0.1 or 0.2 for the diary (whichever comes out of the bag first) and nothing else, and have other point sizes for other things, but my problem is that though the flow on the pen is beautiful, theyre just too fussy when it comes to temperature and air pressure.

If Im travelling on a plane, I cant take them in my hand luggage as theyll explode when I next try and use them, I assume due to air pressure. If Im in a situation where Im in mountains or extreme temperatures, they fuck up equally predictably.

Has anyone had this problem?

Yes, I know I sound like a pen-geek, but I like writing in black ink – not rollerball or biro (then it has to be blue), fibre-tip, but I need a good thin smooth one that wont spazz out at the slightest provocation.

Can anyone advise?

And can people who are about to hit the comment button and tell me Im an enormous saddo possibly allow for the fact that, you know, I know this already?

Thank you. Really.