About

Welcome to The Pen Habit!

I started my addiction to fountain pens in February 2013, when I purchased my very first fountain pen at the age of 34 from Barry, the Market Penmaker at Pike Place Market in Seattle.  Since that time, I have become a complete and total fountain pen convert/addict.  I continue to add pens and ink to my collection at an alarming rate.

There are a lot of videos, reviews, and more out there from people who are fountain pen experts.  I’m not one of those experts. I’m still learning.  But I wanted to have my own little corner of the internet where I could share what I’m learning, as I’m learning it. So, that’s why the blog and the YouTube channel.

A little bit about me:  I’m a former musical theater performer who quit the business in 2007 mainly because I was tired of being poor.  I moved up to the Seattle area shortly thereafter, started working for Microsoft, and went back to school to earn an MBA in project management.  I now work full-time as a Program Manager for a small tech startup in Bellevue, Washington.  When I’m not doing that, I also parlayed my training and experience on stage into voiceover work and audiobook narration.  I formed Open Book Audio, an audiobook distribution and production company, with my friend and business partner, Andrew, in 2009.

I live alone with my dog, a nine-year-old golden retriever named Luke the Dog™.  For fun, I do a bit of gardening, cook and bake, write a lot of letters, take Luke to the local 40-acre dog park, and play the occasional video game.  It’s a pretty low-key life, in a very beautiful part of the US, and I love it.

So, that’s me, and this is The Pen Habit.  Thanks for stopping by, and hopefully you’ll find something interesting here.

Matt Armstrong

Due to personal travels, orders made between now and 11/30/2018 will be shipped on 12/1/2018. I apologize for the inconvenience. Dismiss