Today Isa, also known as @isartvlog talks to us about her passion for the ritual of writing, and its components, such as paper and ink.
Read below for a transcript of the interview:
Hello everyone. How are you? My name is Isa. I've had a YouTube channel for about... almost 10 years, I'd say. It started with a specific theme, it has evolved over time, transitioning to a stationery theme... And through that, I rediscovered the world of fountain pens. This rediscovery was mostly thanks to a friend of mine, Noe, @desdemicaos on Instagram..
This was my first fountain pen, and it was the first one I bought. Well, actually, the first one I bought was this one, a Pilot Kakuno. Through these two pens, I began to re-enter the world of fountain pens and started buying new ones. I also began collecting stationery materials with a different level of quality.
My favorite brands don't lean towards excessively expensive pens, as it's not something I can afford. However, I do use Twsbi pens quite a lot, as well as a lesser-known brand called Jondian that I really like.
I have my Twsbi Eco pens, which I use... they're practically the ones I use the most. I have these four. I also have a Twsbi Diamond, but it's currently out of ink. Then there's Jondian, this brand that has these types of pens which are really practical.
There's a specific pen that I want, a very specific one that's nearly impossible to find. It's a pink and white Pelikan pen. It was released years ago, and it's impossible to get now, but it's so beautiful... Sometimes I have pens that I only want to look at. For example, this is a Platinum Plaisir, I think that's what it's called. It's a special edition Hello Kitty pen. And so, I only want it to... because I don't like how it writes, this Platinum writes very thick for my taste. But it's very pretty, so... I sometimes have things like that, and that Pelikan pen would be one I'd have just to admire.
And then, as a sort of abstract pen model that I always use and really like to write with, it would be a pen that writes very, very fine, has a large ink capacity... So, for example, this is my ideal pen. Among my Twsbi pens, it's the one that writes the finest because it holds a lot of ink, and I don't have to refill it often.
What I love most about the world of pens, I think, is the ink. The ink or the paper. I really enjoy trying different colors. In the early days of my channel's shift towards stationery, I liked buying pens in different colors..
When I discovered this world of inks – back when I was a teenager, I used to write with a pen, but I always used blue ink – I really got into the world of inks and colors, comparing them. And one of my favorite things is creating these kinds of cards where I collect all the ink samples I make. My preference, obviously, is Tomoe River paper. I really, really like Tomoe River paper, and I like notebooks that use this kind of paper.
The perfect everyday pen for me has two essential characteristics: firstly, that it can be used quickly. For instance, Metropolitans have a click mechanism, so you can use them really fast. It's not the same as grabbing a Twsbi, which you have to unscrew.
The second characteristic is that it's very affordable, yes, that it's very affordable. I wouldn't take my Twsbi Diamond out on the street, for example. That it's very cheap, not limited, and quick to use.
Thank you very much for everything. I hope you liked the video, and I hope you'll keep watching these Iguana Talks because they're really interesting.