Yippee Cahier!

innocent ramblings of a dilettante doodler

... and his curiously calligraphic predilection for pangrams, pens, and appalling alliteration ...

Pedantic Perusal of a St. Patrick's Day Pangram

I've chosen to celebrate comically "green" today, both in color and competency. My first Noodler's Ahab Flex has arrived; alongside a bottle of Private Reserve's Avacado and its peculiarly redundant additional "a".  Here you can witness my wobbly attempts at wrangling the resilient nib. The amazing ink makes my amateurish attempt appear much better than it deserves.

Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs
— anonymous

The use of pangrammatic sentences (any sentence containing all 26 letters of the alphabet ) is a boundless fascination for type designers and calligraphers. This phrase, often mis-attributed to type designer Frederick Goudy, proved quite a challenge for me to space and spell but I claim my own typo as a tribute to the vibrantly verde (yet tragically titled) Avacado ink featured here.

Today's pangram and its friends; a lazy dog and a fleet footed fox, can be found in a 1924 booklet designed by Bruce Rogers for the Lanston Monotype Machine Company of Philadelphia to introduce Frederick W. Goudy's Italian Old Style typeface.

In the 8-point roman, Rogers sets: “A QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPS OVER THE LAZY DOG” in capital letters then continues, “& xvj brawney gods flock to quiz them.” Continuing with lowercase he says, “This quotation, evidently from some lost mythology uses all capital and lowercase letters of the alphabet.”

In the 8-point italic, Mr. Rogers has a little fun. His complete quotation in this size is...

Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs (old stuff). SEQUEL! (now first published?): FOXY JUDGES TRACK VAL’BLE PEACH WINE & QUIZ ME.

Of course, by 1924 Prohibition was in full swing in the U.S.A., hence Roger's sequel subject matter to “Pack my box, etc.” is an interesting and perhaps subversive commentary on the times. This classic pangram by unknown author was indeed a favorite of Goudy’s until the Prohibition era. Then, the legal thing to do, according to Fred was to return to the “Fox.”

Thar' she blows! A inky shadow of a whale reflected in the unique Ahab clip.

Nathan Tardiff’s pen is aptly named. A refreshing excursion it leaves you feeling more than a little shaky afterwards waiting for your “sea-hands” to readjust to writing on more solid ground. It's a beautiful pen with a warm and comfortable feel in the hand that eases the effort required to maintain a rhythm for its style of penmanship. Oddly? It even smells a little “fishy” when first opened, but that unpleasant connection to the sea will dissipate over time I'm assured by the many other internet reviewers who have gone before me.

A pen so aptly named that I hope its fishy smell dissipates soon.

My Favorite Reviews of the Ahab and the Avacado