If ballpoint pens are just too boring for you, then consider the fountain
pen. Fountain pens are elegant, easy and comfortable to use, and
come in a variety of attractive styles. And while they do enjoy a
rather extravagant reputation, there are fountain pens available for most
Fountain pens were patented by Lewis Waterman in 1884 after 1,000 years
of quill pen use. The fountain pen was a welcome invention, as it
held more ink than previous pens and didn't need to be continually
dipped into an inkwell.
How does a fountain pen work? It contains a liquid ink
reservoir. The ink is passed to the nib of the pen by means of
capillary action and gravity when the pen is used. While ink refill
techniques varied in the early models, modern fountain pens are often
refilled by simply replacing the ink cartridge.
Fountain pens come in nine different nib sizes with three different
nib tip cuts: straight, oblique, and italic. While the
advent of the disposable ballpoint pen has diminished the popularity
of fountain pens for everyday use, people still do use them for reasons
of comfort and legibility.
Today, about $25 will buy you an everyday fountain pen and several years
worth of ink, while a high-end fountain pen can cost upward of $200.
Fountain pens today sell as classic writing instruments, and original pens are considered
collectibles. Prestige fountain pens from Mont Blanc and Omas, as
well as older model and commemorative fountain pens, are most highly
Fountain Pen Manufacturers
This marquee name in fountain pens has been known for several
generations as a designer of fine writing instruments.
Italian designer and manufacturer of handcrafted, luxury fountain pens.
- Parker Pen
Venerable writing instrument manufacturer features a broad
selection of fountain pens and ballpoint pens.
- Pilot Pen
This writing instrument manufacturer and marketer features Varsity disposable fountain pens.
Division of Pilot Corporation of America specializes
in the marketing of premium priced writing instruments and accessories.
Product line includes several collections of fountain pens.
- Platinum Pen
Over 80 years of quality pens and accessories.
- Sheaffer Pen
Writing instrument series include fountain pens, roller balls, ballpoints, and retractable pencils.
Maker of quality pens since 1846, this firm features fountain pens,
engraved pens, pen and pencil gift sets, and other fine writing instruments.
Fountain Pen Resources
- Glenn Marcus Fountain Pens
Fountain pen manufacturer directory and overview.
- Fountain Pen Hospital
Founded in 1946, the staff at this New York City-based firm
has a wealth of experience in vintage and modern writing instruments.
- Pen World
Premier magazine for fine writing instruments.
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