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“My name is Diane Kidman and I’m a pen addict.” That felt really good to confess.  You see,  I love the physical act of writing – in fact, I write a lot of my reviews by hand; even wrote this review by hand and with a most incredible writing instrument.  Ryan Krusac makes pens, but these aren’t your usual plastic variety.  His writing instruments are works of art.  Most are made of fine hardwoods that he turns on a lathe and then hand buffs to a glossy finish.  My Ryan Krusac Studios pen is a little different even still – Asian River Buffalo Horn with a wonderfully warm and subtle patina.  I chose the River Buffalo Horn because I’m partial to all things Asian, and strangely, to water buffalos.  I simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity of having Ryan create one of these pens just for me.

Each Ryan Krusac Studios pen is made to order – this means the end result is all the more special knowing it’s being hand crafted just for you rather than cranked out in a factory and sold by the bag.  I chose a fountain pen because that’s always been my preference.  I don’t use fountain pens for, say, check writing and grocery lists, but I reserve them for special things like my daily journal writing (yet another obsession), letters, and any other writings I feel are important.  There’s something about sitting down with a fine pen – for the creative writer, that may mean that extra edge between good writing and great writing.  Is a pen a muse?  I’m not sure, but holding a writing instrument made of natural materials certainly does something to the creative spirit.

I am truly enjoying the experience of this pen.  Ryan Krusac has a great attention to detail – from the gentle curve of the pen barrel to the Rhodium and black titanium appointments, as well as the lovely German made nib which produces an easy flowing, smooth writing.  Don’t do fountain pens?  Ryan also offers finely crafted ballpoint pens and rollerball pens too.  But I’d highly recommend giving the fountain pen a try.  The pen’s balance is just perfect for the fountain pen lover, and it’s a real joy to write with.

If you’d like a chance to win your own, Ryan Krusac is going to create a work of art specifically for one of you.  With graduation time nearing, this would make an extraordinary gift.  Or perhaps you’re due a grand gift to yourself.  Either way, one of you will be receiving a real keepsake!  

Here’s what you could win:  A wooden pen of your choice from the Ryan Krusac Studios fountain pen page.  (You may choose to have the pen made as a rollerball if you wish.) The pen’s hardware will be like what you see in the photo to the right, and you’ll be able to choose from any woods (excluding rosewood burl and banksia pod).  Open for worldwide entry!!!

Multiple Options for Entry:

1.) Just visit the Ryan Krusac Studios fountain pen page and tell me what pen you might choose if you won and why.  (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Email subscribers get an extra entry for as long as their subscription is active.

     Already a subscriber?  Leave me a separate comment on this post to let me know you’re interested in this giveaway.

     Want to subscribe?  Just enter your email address in the “Subscribe” box on the left. (Please make sure to verify your Feedburner subscription by responding to the email they send you. If you do not receive it, check your junk mail. Only verified subscriptions are entered for all the giveaways.)

3.) Blog about this giveaway on your blog with a link back to this post.  Come back and leave me a Comment with a link to your blog post. (If your comment doesn’t show up right away, don’t worry – I may have to approve it first.  My blog might think it’s spam but gosh darn, I certainly don’t!)

4.) I’m feeling Twittery.  If you Twitter a link to this giveaway, come back and comment here to let me know your Twitter name for another entry! (I’m dkmommy if you want to follow me.)

Feel free to do all four to gain several entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, to enter.

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  1. I would like the awesome looking “FOUNTAIN PEN ROSEWOOD BURL – SOUTH AMERICA (FPS-Ebony)”
    It lookis so CLASSY! Thanks for the opportunity

  2. I would pick the Rosewood Burl

  3. The Australian Hand Made Banksia Pod Wooden Fountain Pen has a fabulous story behind it!! Owning it would be an honor and I would treat it like a treasure! Who would ever guess it began as a flower?! Thank you for the contest!

  4. I’m a proud subscriber and I am sooo interested in winning!!! I’ve always had a penchant for pens! In my opinion, fountain pens have become a lost art; and I intend to become one of hopefully many to bring its popularity back!! I bought a calligraphy kit the other day!!! I’m so excited to learn! Thank you for the contest!

  5. katy watkinson

    my choice would have to be the rosewood burl. It is beautiful

  6. helen watkinson

    I love the rosewood burl as well.

  7. I would choose the Zebra Wood – rollerball. It’s gorgeous.

  8. What a wonderful pen site! My dad, sister and I all have a pen fetish. We love pens.
    The Hand Made Wooden Fountain Pen-Spalted Magnolia-North America is a favorite of mine!
    Please enter my name in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  9. I am a happy email subscriber to your site!
    Thanks, Cindi

  10. The snakewood pen is still my favorite.

  11. I, too, am a pen addict. I still write letters and notes, and I dream of the day I will hold a truly fine writing instruement in my hand. I somehow believe it will improve my penmanship. These are truly beautiful pens and I am in love with the spalted magnolia.

  12. I’m an e-mail subscriber.

  13. I love the zebra wood – reminds me of my honeymoon in South Africa!

  14. I really love the Ballpoint Pen in Naturally Shed Antler!

  15. Daily Entry A Go! :) I do love these pens so much.

  16. The Walnut Burl without question.

  17. Jacqueline in Atlanta

    Hard decision. They are all absolutely gorgeous! I like the looks of that snakewood – just beautiful grain and not the wood you see on furniture in your house. A wonderful change.

    Thanks for having the giveaway.

  18. Poems are itching to be written by these pens. (prose poems especially, my specialty) I used to have a fountain pen obsession – back when I read “Wuthering Heights” and “Pride and Prejudice” on a regular basis. These pens look like the right ones to reignite that passion. Maybe even help me get past the writer’s block. By the way, the Walnut or the Ebony fountain pens are meant for me ;)

  19. I subscribed too! Cool!

  20. Viewing Ryan Krusac’s art has filled me with awe! His pens are breathtaking. If I had to choose, I would pick the Walnut Burl or the Naturally Shed Antler. They are All absolutely stunning!

    judy7885 at gmail dot com

  21. I subscribed to your emails. You have good taste!

  22. I love the Ballpoint Pen in Naturally Shed Antler :)

  23. Beverley Justice

    Spalted Magnolia is especially nice.

  24. I would grab the Rosewood pen, but coming to that decision was painful…since I want all of them. If I had my own personal stimulus check, I’d get ‘em all!

  25. My favorite is the Hand Made Wooden Fountain Pen – Gaboon Ebony- Africa.

  26. Woah! These are absolutely amazing,
    I would chose the Zebra Wood pen, but oh man they all look amazing.
    I`ll cross my fingers, thanks for the oppurtunity! (:

  27. my tuesday entry

  28. Entry for April 21. I like the Spalted Magnolia. Beautiful and rare, and from North America. And formed from mold!

  29. The writing of the next Great American Novel now depends upon your generosity. I can only hope to overcome my crushing writer’s block with the mojo provided by the Rollerball Pen – Naturally Shed Antler North America. I thank you, my agent thanks you, nay, literature itself thanks you for awarding this humble scribe such a precious prize.
    The Dave.

  30. I love the Handcrafted Wooden Rollerball Pen- Spalted Magnolia from North America. I’m trying to buy products made with materials from my own continent. Tah Dah!

  31. Spalted Magnolia

  32. They are all so beautiful it would be difficult to make a choice, but I think I would go with the Rosewood Burl rollerball as I love the look of burl wood.

  33. I chose the Handcrafted Wooden Rollerball Pen Spalted Magnolia from North America.I
    love the color and looka of this pen.Very nice

  34. I love the Rosewood Burl pen because it is very pretty!

  35. I subscribed by email.

  36. I am a subscriber

  37. I’d choose the Naturally Shed Antler – North America fountain pen. The beige color featured is gorgeous and serene, and the possibilities of color streaking are just enough adventure for me. The fact that it symbolizes strength and courage would (hopefully) inspire those same traits in myself as I strive to be strong and courageous in my writing.

    Crystal Arcands last blog post..Unleash Your Inner Susan Boyle

  38. The Rosewood Burl is absolutely gorgeous

  39. Please enter me for today~Weds. Thanks :)

  40. Here is my Wednesday entry for a Zebra Wood rollerball pen!

  41. My absolute favorite is the Naturally Shed Antler! I has such a beautiful color and the idea that it comes from an animal that wasn’t harmed is outstanding! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. I’d love to enter again — I think my first entry got marked as spam! I’d still go with the burlwood pen, and in addition to using it to write in my moleskine, I’d bring it to my wedding and have guests sign the guestbook with it. Who doesn’t love writing with a fountain pen?

    SavvyChristines last blog post..Going Haywire, or Avoiding Wedding Machinations, or How I Ended up with a $40 Slip

  43. Wednesday’s entry – Happy Earth Day!

  44. @ 393 Kathryn
    “Here is my Wednesday entry for a Zebra Wood rollerball pen!”

    My choice exactly.

  45. The Spalted Magnolia pen is really pretty, too.

  46. here is todays entry

  47. My fingers are itching to get ahold of the South American Hand Made Rosewood Burl Fountain Pen!!! The silken ribbons of its grain wrapping around and around are gorgeous!! Because this burl rosewood is so very rare, I would treasure this pen the most! Thank you for the contest!