Computers, cell phones, tablets. We live in a digital world, one where analogic tools are being replaced with new technologies daily. One would assume the archaic fountain pen would’ve already been relegated to the obscurity of people’s junk drawer. But in reality, the sales of fountain pens were on the rise as late as 2017. Many online communities spawning to praise and talk about the writing utensils. That is because, despite the dawn of the digital age, there is still plenty to love about fountain pens.
A Historical Item
Using a fountain pen connects you to history and greatness. The experience of using the tool even if for something as simple as a shopping list brings with it the atmosphere of the good old days when things weren’t so rushed. It also allows you to have the tactile experience shared by many great minds present and past, from Leonardo da Vinci to the US presidents of today, who still sign bills with fountain pens. Samuel Pepys mentions a metal pen to carry ink in 1663, the first British fountain pens? Production of mass-produced nibs in the UK started in 1830 with more than half the world’s production by 1850.
Fountain pens have been in the market for over one hundred and fifty years. Their design has evolved all throughout its history, with new ideas arising to solve problems of the past. That means that the best fountain pens in the market today were built on the foundation of over a century of human mental labour, all focused on finding the best type of ink, parts, design, and alloy to use as components for a high-end fountain pen.
Even better, you can interact with all that craftsmanship by just opening your pen. They are easy to disassemble, adjust, and parts exchangeable between sister pens, or bought from specialized shops. A learning curve, but if you’re willing to dig down, you’ll be able to turn even a cheap pen into the perfect writing gadget for your needs.
As expressed before, fountain pens most of them well crafted, and they’ll last decades if taken care of correctly. Which not only makes them better for the environment but also means they’re cost effective. Sure, there is an upfront cost, but the money you don’t spend on disposable pens adds up.
Fountain pens aren’t perfect though. You don’t have to tinker with then if that scares you, but if you want them to last, disassemble them for a proper cleaning every two months.
Fountain pen inks sold by the cartridge or by the bottle, and they come in every colour you can imagine. If you’re tired of the old black and blue, you can write in the colour orange, green, pink, or any other. You can even get inks that are waterproof, glisten, dry faster, or glow in the dark.
Fountain pens work by leading the ink to the tip of the nib through the use of capillary forces, which naturally makes the ink flow up the narrow path. So, unlike ballpoint pens, fountain pens require no pressure to write. All you have to do is touch the tip to the paper, and the ink will flow. These pens even help to improve poor handwriting.
Easy on the Body
As stated, fountain pens require no pressure to write, which makes them the ideal option if you write for long periods of time and are looking for a way to reduce the stress writing leaves on your body. For that same reason, it has also reported them as making writing easier for people who suffer joint pains.
Wide Price Range
If you’re thinking a fountain pen is a luxury item that will break your bank, don’t. There are luxury pens that cost thousands of dollars out there, but a good pen doesn’t have to be expensive. There is a wide range of prices available in the market, including nearly disposable Pilot pens that cost under five pounds.
If you’re looking for an entry-level pen, the Lami Safari costs around thirty pounds and often praised as the best cost/benefit pen out there, even being used by the pen pros when they don’t feel like carrying around something too expensive.
Handmade fountain pens offer a wide choice with different materials and price points. Custom pens in materials of your choice with a selection of nibs by Bock or Jowo.
Using a fountain pen is a choice, not an obligation. And the people who use them are passionate about them, which is why the online community surrounding fountain pens is so rich helpful. Look yourself, ask people which pen you should buy first. You’ll see how welcoming and excited people are in these circles.
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