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A fountain pen is a writing tool with a metal nib (typically solid gold) that uses an internal reservoir (cartridge, converter, or other) to provide a constant and refillable ink supply. 


The History Of The Fountain Pen



Fountain pens were first developed in the late 1800s, and they essentially supplanted the previous dip pen.

They evolved from feather pens and required dipping in an ink well every few lines to keep the ink supply going.






  1. Install the Ink:  





    Fountain pens nearly always come with the ink cartridge sealed and uninstalled, so you'll have to install it before using the pen.

    When choosing refill cartridges, keep in mind that not all fountain pens are compatible with the same cartridges, so double-check the Recommended Refills list for your pen.

    Many fountain pens may use bottled fountain pen ink if they include a built-in filling system or a converter, which is a cartridge-shaped device.

    Many individuals prefer bottled inks to cartridges because they come in a wider range of colours and, in the long run, are less expensive.


  2. Maintain Control:





    Hold the pen at a 45-degree angle to the paper, with the nib elevated above the feed. If you hold it upside down or at an angle that is too high or low, it will not write correctly.

    Also, avoid twisting the pen in your hand clockwise or counterclockwise. As you write, the tips of the two nib tines should lay evenly on the page.

    Otherwise, the ink slit between them will lose contact with the page, causing the pen to skip or completely cease writing.


  3. Don't Put Too Much Pressure On It:





    Fountain pens require far less pressure to write than ballpoint or gel pens. Applying too much pressure to a fountain pen may prevent it from writing properly and may even ruin it.

    Many fountain pens can write with little pressure at all, while others just need a small amount.


  4. Cap it off:





    When not in use, fountain pens should always be capped or retracted. If the ink in the nib dries out, the pen will stop working the next time you use it.

    If your nib ever becomes dry, scribbling for a few minutes or adding a drop of water to the nib to rehydrate the ink will typically get it writing again.


  5. Clean it regularly:





    Fountain pens become clogged with small paper fibres, minute pieces of dust, and dried ink over time. For optimal performance, we recommend cleaning your pen every 1–2 months.


  6. Use paper and notebooks that are compatible with fountain pens:





    Although it isn't required, utilising fountain pen friendly paper and notebooks will make your experience a lot more enjoyable and less likely to end in frustration.

    On most standard paper, fountain pens will operate, but you may experience bleed-through, feathering (when the ink spreads out into the paper fibres in a feathery pattern), and even skipping.

    This can happen regardless of how excellent or bad the paper is—most paper these days isn't designed with fountain pens in mind.

    In addition, because fountain pen inks are sensitive to dust and skin oils, a paper that has been laying around or handled a lot may not perform as well as new, untouched paper.


  7. Experiment and Practice:





    Even while writing with a fountain pen isn't that different from writing with any other pen, it does require some practice.

    Experiment with different inks, papers, and writing approaches to see what suits you and your pen the best.



We encourage you to try using a fountain pen if you have never done so before. Its smooth flow and little writing pressure make the fountain pens great for easing hand cramping.

Even the most colourful selection of gel pens pales in comparison to the variety of ink colours they provide.

Finally, as previously stated, fountain pens allow you to form a bond with your writing tool, unlike any other pen.

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