History of the Fountain Pen
The first fountain pen was patented by Petrache Poenaru in 1827. The metal nib of the pen allowed him to write for longer periods of time, without having to refill the ink. It was an improvement over the dip pen.
You might think that something that was invented so long ago would have no relevance for people today. However, the fountain pen community is alive and thriving.
Joining the Fountain Pen Community
I learned most of what I know about fountain pens from the Reddit Fountain Pen Community. In this subreddit, people will post their pen purchases, ask for advice, and show off their ink collections.
Are Fountain Pens Luxury Items?
Fountain pens do have the reputation of being luxury items, and certainly, there are pens that sell for thousands of dollars. However, one of my favorite pens retails for around $15. It’s the Pilot Metropolitan (image below). My Pilot Metropolitan is from the Retro Pop collection and has an italic nib.
Why Write with a Fountain Pen?
I love writing with fountain pens, because it is easy on my wrist. Unlike a ballpoint pen, you don’t have to put as much pressure on the page when writing. Fountain pens also write beautifully.
Another reason that I love writing with fountain pens is that there are a wide range of ink colors out there. My two first ink purchases have been the Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki ink, which is a Deep Cerulean Blue, and the Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo ink, which is a Crimson/ Purple color.
But What if I’m Left-Handed?
There’s a myth out there that left-handed people can’t use fountain pens, but let me assure you, as a left hander, that is simply not the case.
Brian Goulet, of the Goulet Pen company, has put together a great video of tips for left-handed fountain pen users.
Lefties may write in a different way than, right-handers, but we make it work.
Have any of you used Fountain Pens before? If you have and would like to share your experience, please leave a comment below.