Instagram photo by Shawn Mihalik • Jan 3, 2016 at 12:05 PM

I have yet to put my finger on exactly why, but I’m incredibly enamored with this shot from my friend Shawn Mihalik of some pens in a jar.

Perhaps it is the simplicity of it. Maybe it’s because it is very easy to get swept away in expensive paper and pen nerdery and this is a reminder that simple, basic, and cheap works just as well. While it is nice to have some fancy fountain pens in a slick case, some pens in a jar is all we really need.