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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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442 Comments

  1. I’m an active subscriber and I really, really want to win because these Krusac pens are unbelieveably gorgeous, rare, one-of-a-kind treasures!! I am beginning to learn calligraphy, and I would be sooo proud to own one of these true gems! Thank you for the contest!

  2. These are beautiful pens.

  3. I like the Spalted Magnolia because the patterns are gorgeous. It’s not too dark or too light in color. Had no idea that fungi was responsible.

  4. I’m already an email subscriber and would like to be entered.

  5. I also love the Handmade Wooden Fountain Pen from Thuya Burl – Morocco

  6. If offered as a ballpoint, the Thuya Burl looks great. As a rollerball, I still lean towards the Zebrawood.

  7. Aw. The top of the page says we have until April 21st to enter. I should have looked to see if this was going on longer. The 24th now?

    Here’s my daily entry!

  8. Thursday’s entry!

  9. Today my eyes are captivated by the Rosewood Burl Hand Made Fountain Pen!!! How anyone could ever think of discarding this diamond-in-the-rough wood is amazing! It reminds me of a mocha marble with hints of caramel!! Thank you for the contest!

  10. I’m a subscriber and I’m very eager to win, because there is no more beautiful penmanship than that of the fountain pen!! And the Ryan Krusac Studios hand made pens are a symphony of precious woods I would be proud to own even just one!! Thank you for the contest!

  11. I have to agree that the Burl is also just stunning. I can’t imagine the time and craftmanship that goes into making these. Thanks for the contest!

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  12. I’m in love with the Spalted Magnolia pen. My husband’s best friend does woodworking, and with his birthday coming up, I know he’d be thrilled to receive such a magnificently crafted piece.

  13. I would choose the Hand Made Wooden Fountain Pen – Gaboon Ebony- Africa for my husband since Father’s Day is coming up. He would be so surprised. This would be perfect for him since he’s a writer!

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  14. I’m an email subscriber.

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  15. Would LOVE to test out the Ebony Rollerball Pen.. I typically use rollerball pens in the mass-produced variety, but none so BEAUTIFUL as these handcrafted wooden varieties. I hope to someday invest in one of his creations. Thanks for the entry!

  16. I also subscribe to carpelibris! Thanks for the extra entry!

  17. The “Banksia Pod” from Australia would be my favourite, but the Zebrawood will do just fine. Thank You for the offer.

  18. How can I choose just one?! I guess it would be the spectacular Spalted Magnolia!! With its golden splashes of satin, shot through with ribbons of dark cocoa, this bold beauty would be the hot topic in the office and when you sign your checks!! Thank you for the contest!

  19. I am a grateful subscriber, and I’m not just interested in this contest, I’m fixated on it!! lol! I look forward to entering each and every day!!! I want to be a proud owner of one of these fabulous pens!! Thank you for the contest!

  20. This would be an absolutely stunning gift to give… to myself! :) What a lovely piece of functional art. I’d just be tickled pink to own one. Oh, the choices!! Well, I think I like the look of the ebony fountain pen best, so that would be my choice, but I also love the Rosewood Burl. ANY of the pens would be a truly unique treasure!

  21. Wow, these pens are gorgeous. I think I’d choose the Antler—thanks for the giveaway!

  22. And, one more daily entry? Is there time? We shall see!

  23. I subscribe; thanks!

  24. Zebrawood for certain.

  25. another entry: Rosewood Burl Pen

  26. I would love to get my hands on the Moroccan Thuya Burl Hand Made Wooden Fountain Pen!!! I would consider it a ‘Prince’ of pens because of its difficulty to work with on the lathe, and the fabulous titanium that tops it off!! Thank you for the contest!

  27. I am a proud subscriber and I wish, dream, hope, aspire to win this contest!!! My calligraphy is getting better each day, and I daydream of the fountain pens I can one day add to my collection; namely, one of Ryan Krusac’s!! Thank you for the contest!

  28. A rollerball would be my choice – in “Zebrawood” would be great.

  29. If only. If only. I know that you said the Banksia Pod is excluded from this giveaway, but that’s my favorite. I’m not sure if this is intentional or not, but it looks like it has a sunflower on it. I love sunflowers. So, since I can’t choose that one I’d have to say the Naturally Shed Antler. It truly is beautiful.

  30. I tweeted about your giveaway. My twitter name is Tdbttrfly.

  31. The Princess of all the Pens ~~ The Pink Penther!!! I can’t resist her posh, cotton-candy pink hue!! Thank you for the contest!

  32. I am a proud subscriber and I am VERY interested in winning one of these prized pens, because beauty is in the eye of the beholder in this case!! Every single one of these pens has a story to tell, and each one of them has its own depth of color, marbilization, grain of wood, &/or tint and tone! Not one of them is alike; they each have their own fingerprint!! Thank you for the contest!

  33. A rollerball would be my choice; in “Zebrawood” would be perfect.

  34. My eyes were immediately drawn to the Asian River Buffalo Horn fountain pen!!! What a glorious shining beauty! The slick black, shot through with quicksilver slivers reminds me of a sword glinting in the midnight moon!! Thank you for the contest!

  35. I am a grateful subscriber and I’m super-duper interested in winning!!
    I can only imagine being able to hold one of these gleaming, handmade beauties in my hands as I let the ink flow across the page! I would never be able to stop writing!! Thank you for the contest!

  36. also love the Handmade Wooden Fountain Pen from Thuya Burl – Morocco!

  37. Beautiful workmanship – I would choose the Zebra wood fountain pen. What a pleasure to write with!

  38. Another comment for these beautiful pens.

  39. I’m very intrigued by the African Zebra Wood Founain Pen and would be proud to own it!! I love how the stripes spiral downwards and there are flecks between them! I’m afraid I would have to pull out this pen everywhere I go and find an excuse to use it and flaunt it!! lol! Thank you for the contest!

  40. I am a loyal subscriber and I’m very interested in this contest because where else can one find the most rare, beautiful, esquisite, fabulous, one-of-a-kind fountain pens?! Thank you for the contest!

  41. Zebra Wood Rollerball: my personal choice and a Great Band Name as well.

  42. The Rosewood Burl Fountain Pen has got to be nature’s most wonderful “flaw”!! Who could believe such gorgeous carmel marbelized features would make an ‘ugly duckling’ a rare beauty?! Thank you for the contest!

  43. I am a proud subscriber and I’m interested in this giveaway, because I know being able to hold one of these fabulous fountain pens and writing letters, lists, filling out forms with them, or just signing my ‘Hancock’ with them, would make me feel so special!! Thank you for the contest!

  44. Has this contest been extended, or something? I posted about five days after the deadline. Who won, and what pen did they choose? Thanks.