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Why Use A Fountain Pen?

11/06/2020

 

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Recently, I was asked why people use fountain pens. The question caught me off guard as I hadn’t given it a thought in ages. Having written with them for almost twenty years, they are just a part of who I am. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of reasons for using fountain pens. 

Value for money. A well-designed and well-built pen will last decades if not generations. I have pens that are over 100 years old and still write perfectly. Ink can also last decades. Some of mine are more than 25 years old and continue to perform as they should. 

Environmentally friendly. No detritus for the landfill, unlike gel pens, ballpoints and markers, since fountain pens get reused indefinitely. The ink comes in glass bottles that are perfect for recycling.

Variety. Pens and nibs come in lots of shapes and sizes off the shelf. Not satisified with standard models? Purchase a custom-made pen or a custom ground nib. No need to compromise when you can buy a match made exclusively for you.

Improved penmanship. Some users find that fountain pen nibs produce lines that enhance letter formations. Stubs and italic nibs are especially good for this.

Comfortable size and shape. Especially good for arthritis and other limitations. Long writing sessions can be less fatigue-producing with a fountain pen since it will glide rather than drag across the paper.

Uniqueness. Inks have a variety of characteristics from subtle shading to multi-toned, reflective coloring and many variations in between. The right nib on fountain pen-friendly paper will bring out its best qualities.

Enjoyment. Writing with a fountain pen can be cathartic and relaxing. Its use encourages time away from technology with obvious benefits.

These are at least some of the reasons to use a fountain pen. What is yours?

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Fountain Pen Day!

11/06/2015

Today is the fourth Fountain Pen Day and there are lots of discounts and giveaways to celebrate. But what about your existing collection? Show them a bit of love by treating them to a cleaning and a fill of fresh ink. Or sort and organize the lot to keep your pens cozy and easily accessed.

Fourteen of the little dears jumped into the tray this morning when I mentioned taking a bath. The former sushi container makes transporting them to the kitchen easier than carrying them in my hands. It’s a lot of pens to clean at one time, but I will feel virtuous when the task is completed.

Psst. Don’t tell them, but only three will get filled today. The Platinum #3776MU, the Platinum Century Yamanaka SM and the Conklin Duragraph 1.1mm will be perfect with the five pens already set up for paper tests this weekend. Inks to be determined.

So grab a pen and give it some love. It’s the perfect day for it.

 

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November 1st Is Fountain Pen Day!

11/01/2013

Give your fountain pens some extra love in honor of their special day. A twirl around your journal or a proper cleaning will do. Or expand your collection by placing an order at your favorite retailer. Some are offering discounts or special prices for the occasion. C’mon. You know you want another pen and what better excuse than Fountain Pen Day!

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