A Fountain Pen For MacGyver08/13/2013
For those not familiar with MacGyver, the character was an exceedingly clever manipulator of bits and bobs who spent seven years vanquishing dastardly villains with charm and a scientific mind that would have made Sherlock Holmes jealous. He was a secret agent without a gun, but armed with intelligence, a far more potent weapon at least in TV land. During the show’s run, women swooned over Richard Dean Anderson. Who wouldn’t want a handsome, MacGyver on hand in case of emergency – any emergency.
Surfing for a little distraction last night, I chanced upon an old episode and stayed for two scenes in which he plied his trade. Watching him make good use of the tools at hand, I wondered which fountain pen would hold up to such use and abuse. Funny that I received an email from Fahrney’s Pens today announcing just such a pen, the Porsche Design P’3135 Solid Titanium Fountain Pen. They say it is “virtually indestructible with a scratch proof PVD coating.” Sounds like just the fountain pen for a fix-it kind of guy.
Disclosure: I became acquainted with Anderson’s dad Stuart before MacGyver hit the airwaves. That megawatt smile and effortless charm are hereditary and he was a proud papa even then. But what really counts is whether the son can play a mean, upright bass like his dad. I would prefer that over a MacGyver any day.