(yes, I just used the term “hack”)
What is that roll of green tape doing on the end of my pen?
I really like the Platinum Carbon Pen for sketching, but it has two drawbacks. First, it really isn’t a traveling pen. Changes in pressure cause the ink to leak. So not so good on planes or trips to Yosemite. Still, I carry a little rag with me anyway, so I can mop up leaks. The other problem is the cap doesn’t post. It’s not a huge issue, but when I’m sketching outside I don’t want to have to worry about the cap. It’s just an added nuisance.
So enter my ugly–but useful–solution.
That roll of tape is just wide enough to keep the cap snug on the end of the pen. Sure, it hurts the aesthetics of the pen, but that’s not a big deal to me. What would be a big deal is if the added weight affected the balance. Well, the tape and the cap are both so light that I don’t notice much difference. If anything, it gives the pen a bit more heft, which I actually like. So now I can sketch and not have to worry about the cap rolling off somewhere.