Why You Should Write with a Fountain Pen

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Fountain pens are the perfect way to fall back in love with writing by hand, which is an art that has absolutely been lost over the past decade. However, not all is lost in the handwriting world, there’s still an amazing selection of fountain pens on the market to satisfy even the keenest calligraphy enthusiast! If you’re thinking of making the switch from your screen to the page, a fountain pen is guaranteed to make your writing process smoother and overall, more enjoyable! Read on for the pros of writing with an old school fountain pen, and how to choose the right one:

Why a fountain pen?

Writing should be a comfortable and easy process, and fountain pens have been loved for so long because of their smooth and flowing effect on paper. Their nib is precise, the ink saturation is rich and clean, and they’re incredibly natural to write with, so there really isn’t anything not to love about a classic fountain pen!

What to look for when shopping for a fountain pen

Material

You’ll find that these pens come far and wide, in a range of different designs, styles and materials. Because fountain pens are considered an investment item, you can find some incredibly luxurious pen styles out there! For a higher-end writing experience, look for a pen crafted from gold, silver or brass. Keep in mind that these are rather heavy to write with, so not the best option for sitting your next exam! If you want something that’s less expensive, lighter, and easier to write quickly with, look for a plastic or stainless-steel model.

Grip

Once you’ve determined which material will work best for you, you can think in more detail about the structure of your fountain pen, more specifically, the grip! Grips are important, even if you don’t think about them very much. A grip can transform an amazing fountain pen into a painful and slow writing utensil that simply doesn’t get the job done, so pay attention! You should look for a grip that’s made from rubber for maximum comfort, or stainless steel for a higher-end, yet safe, writing process. On less expensive models, you can find grips made from plastic, these work if you’re taking occasional notes but not if you’re scribbling away for hours at a time.

Nib

Your fountain pen’s nib makes a big difference in how your handwriting looks on the page. The material you choose really depends on your price range and the look that you’re going for, you can find nibs in gold, silver, brass, copper and stainless steel – they all work perfectly so choose at your leisure!

The nib’s size should be chosen in relation to what kind of handwriting you have. Wider nibs are better for people with big, flowing handwriting, whereas smaller ones are better for more compact writers. By taking your particular writing style into consideration, you’ll ensure that your choice will be the right one.

Ink System

The inking system that you choose is really up to personal preference! The ink cartridge system is the more contemporary, portable choice for most writers. This is where you screw in a new plastic ink cartridge each time your pen runs dry. Another inking option is a converter. This is where you place an empty cartridge over a pot of ink and either uses a piston or squeezing method to retract ink from the pot into the container! A converter feels more old-world but definitely isn’t as practical to lug to class.

By now you should feel fully equipped to find the perfect fountain pen for you!

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