How to use a fountain pen

How To Use A Fountain Pen


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Even though we live in the digital age, the art of writing by hand should never become obsolete. There are so many benefits to writing by hand: it’s better for learning, can prevent you from getting distracted, keeps your brain sharp, and even makes you a better writer since you can edit your post as you type it up later.

Although we don’t write by hand nearly as much as we used to, we urge you to pick a pen and write your next ideas down on paper. And to really enjoy the craft, invest in a quality pen and paper to do so.

Writing with a fountain pen is truly an experience. These pens produce smooth as butter lines with different widths.

If you’re not familiar with fountain pens, Invaluable created a helpful guide on how to use a fountain pen, including everything from the parts to proper hand positioning.

Plus, they’ve outlined how to craft the perfect signature using a fountain pen, in the infographic below. So, next time you want to sit down and write on paper, pick up a fountain pen, and let yourself become immersed in the experience.

by Emma Walsh, Invaluable.

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This article has 6 comments

  1. Linzé Brandon

    And never, ever let another person use your fountain pen. The nib wears away for your hand, and letting someone else use it will damage the pen, or mess with the way you write. If you constantly encounter people who need a pen, carry a ball point for them. #FountainPenUser #InkArtist

  2. Anne Greening

    This is all very well, and I used a fountain pen all the way through school without a problem.
    But . . . when you are old, and your hands are arthritic, handwriting (whether with a fountain pen, ballpoint, pencil or a stick of charcoal) becomes difficult: and the resultant words are often indecipherable. It’s the keyboard for me, all the way.

  3. Martin Haworth

    I have had a love affair with fountain pens all my life. I have about 10 of them and yet the one I use the most was a lime green Parker I bought in the after Christmas sales many years ago. It is stuck together with sellotape.

    For me, there needs to also be an accompanying paper that suits the flow of ink and I am very particular about this too.

    For anyone tempted to write ‘Morning Pages’ as per Julia Cameron in ‘The Artist’s Way’, I can recommend using a fountain pen for that amazing activity.

  4. KC in Texas

    Thanks for encouraging fountain pen use. I think they can be a delight for the writer from a creative point of view.

    That angle picture is very odd. It makes it look as if one writes on the side of the nib vs. the underside. Well, if you’re going to try using fountain pens, check out some YouTube videos. There are many good ones that show how to use them and the many varieties.

    There are a lot of nice fountain pens out there that don’t cost a fortune.

    One person using your fountain pen for five minutes won’t wear it away (else how do fountain pen shops deal with all the pens that buyers test drive every day?) but unless they know how to use it, they might damage it by pressing down to hard so make sure you instruct them before you let them try it. I have found as I age that my fountain pens are a boon and save my hands from much pain but that’s me. Ballpoints and pencils are hand cramp agony. Typing is hard on my neck and back. All one can do is try and see what works for you.

  5. Jaap Kanis

    Thank you for your interesting article. Can I have changed the F nib of my Pelican Souveran for a EF 14 k gold nib?

  6. Harpal singh Malvai

    I agree that a fountain pen has always been a great wring instrument. For signatures or otherwise ! As commented by another reader sometimes age gets in the way of smooth writing. Good piece of writing though. Regards, Harpal Singh Malvai

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