Fountain pens make me want to write all sorts of magnificent, wonderful things. Often, it ends up as messy smudges or poor attempts at calligraphy. How about you? Do you create magnificent, wonderful things?
A friend of mine left this comment on one of my pictures awhile back, and I thought it was perfect. Indeed, fountain pens look as good in a pocket as a proper bow tie! To me, anyway.
Cacography – we have all been there. Sometimes, I’m still there. Show us your cacography on our Facebook page!
A little author inspiration doesn’t hurt the soul. Or the pen. Or the nib! After seeing the Montblanc Hemingway pen in person, I confirmed to myself I really liked it. What does that have to do with this quote? Not much, really, but it made me go on a bit of a Hemingway binge.
Do you write letters, postcards, or anything else using snail mail? I love receiving mail because it’s far more exciting than email – it’s something tangible to hold and read, often decorated and displaying the style of the sender. Even a short note can put a smile on my face!
I started using fountain pens when I was in my early teens, but I really went crazy over them when I was in my early 20s. I thought it would be fun to write some quotes and hear what you think as well! I really enjoy this Faceted Capless model by Pilot, and wish they were still made today (in a variety of colors, especially). The fine nib is precise and crisp, and a pleasure …
I must admit, I’ve caved to a pen or two. Have a look at the Catalogs. Some items are even reduced in older catalogs, which might make them a little more tempting (10% off). If you’re looking for flexible nibs, there’s flexy nibs aplenty!
Help me out here, folks. When does a pen qualify as vintage? Ten years? Fifty? The oldest pen in my collection is something like 101 years old, and I’d say that qualifies. Or is it not the age, but rather the material, filling system, and/or nib type that defines whether it is vintage or not? What do you think?
Waterman has been around for a long time, being one of the first companies to produce fountain pens (arguably even the first!). That’s one of the reasons I love vintage Waterman pens: they’ve been around for so long! My Watermans are definitely the oldest pens in my pouch.
Flexible nibs offer line variation. They can write from an extra-fine to a double-broad, or a fine to triple-broad, or just fine to medium. The line variation will depend on the nib, and how easy it is to achieve full line variation will also vary nib to nib.