Product Review On Fountain Pens
This is for those who love to write.….
If you have a passion for writing, and you are a person who takes pride in the type of writing utensil you’re writing with. Then this article is for you…….
Never really thought about using a Fountain Pen? Cheapest Place to purchase: Amazon.com/FountainPens
Like myself, you may have at one point seen a fountain pen somewhere, but didn’t bother with purchasing the weird point shaped pen. Since I was in junior high, I always had a niche for having the best looking and writing pen. I was addicted to finding the perfect pen. I used to go into the local dollar store, and purchase one of their new customized pens.
They were gel pens, that were stainless steel and some had different designs and emblems. One pen, I think cost 6 or 7 dollars. When people asked me, how much I paid for my pen and I told them, they gasped in confusion. “You spent 7 dollars on a pen?!” They would ask. People couldn’t wrap their heads around buying ONE pen for that price, compared to being able to buy an entire pack, for not even half the price.
I thought 7 dollars was alot, until I got older and realized the pen industry was a $2 billion dollar market. Knowing that, I started to search high and low for the right pen.
It wasn’t until this year, 2018, that I finally purchased my first fountain pen. I made a rookie mistake the first two times around. I went to a local office supply store, originally I was hunting a PaperMate Felt Tip Pen, which I give a thumbs up to also. I then caught glance at a pale gold swirled single packaged pen.
I took a look at it and noticed it was a caligraphy pen. I decided to try something new and bought the $10 dollar pen. MISTAKE!!…..I got home and started to use it, and it had this broad bold type of stroke. It was like writing with a wet flowing marker. The letters were to big and bold. I lied to myself for a few days and told myself I liked it.
I went back to a few other office supply stores and came up on another fountain pen. After doing some research and figuring out that a “fine” point nib was best used for general writing. The one I was currently eyeing at the time, came with 3 different nibs(fine, bold, medium). Bingo, I thought I was set, grabbed a blue one and went to the counter, I paid $15 for that particular pen.
–FINE POINT NIBS ARE BEST USED FOR GENERAL WRITING–
My Pen Pickiness Took Over….
The second time after I bought another fountain pen. I was feeling pretty good, I thought the pen was ok, but then I started to reevaluate the quality of the pen itself. I usually prefer a heavy pen, it was too light. I was used to a felt tip pen, so it didn’t grip the paper and flow like I wanted it to. Lastly, the ink was too dry for my liking.
When I started to grow a liking to fountains pens. I then youtubed and googled everything about the historic pen. I found tons of info and it led me to an affordable place, outside of direct manufactured fountain pen companies, that I could buy a fountain pen. It was none other than Amazon.com
“A PEN EVERY TRUE WRITER SHOULD PURCHASE”
Fountain Pens-Has a ink reservoir, which holds the water-based ink. The ink passes through a feed to the nib, under the influence of gravity and capillary action. They can be refilled with its own filling mechanism that works like a piston, or by snapping in a new ink cartridge.
“They come in many different sizes, styles & colors”
Early fountain pen companies didn’t understand the role that air pressure played in the operation of pens. They had a huge problem with leakage. They tried retractable points that closed the ink reservoir, screw on caps with inner caps that sealed around the nib. They eventually started making the pens out of celluloid instead of hard rubber. They also incorporated the use of pistons and levers.
Their is also a book on fountain pens(A survey of fountain pens in the context of the history of writing and writing instruments if followed by a gallery of 100 pens dating from 1890 to 1997 with full technical information.) Authors- Giorgio Dragoni & Guiseppe Fishera
<<<< THE STEEL POINT ON A FOUNTAIN PEN IS CALLED A “NIB.”
THE FIRST FOUNTAIN PEN TO HAVE ALL OF THE KEY COMPONENTS INCLUDED WAS MADE IN THE 1850S………..
So after I found myself lurking for over 2hrs on Amazon for a new fountain pen, I finally settled on a $13 Jinhao Fountain Pen. I went back to the office supply store and purchased a bottle of black ink to go along with it. Since I started writing with fountain pens, I haven’t touched another ballpoint or gel pen. The flow of the pen is immaculate, depending on the quality of the pen.
Fountain pens range anywhere from $10-$500 plus!!!….The pens I’m referring you to are more on the cheaper side. Depending on how you view ink pens. Real deal fountain pens will cost you at least $100 or more. In the near future I plan on spending that money on a fountain of my liking.
THE CREM DELA CREM OF EM ALL….BALLPOINTS & GEL PENS FALL BACK….
Fountain Pens are considered a STATUS SYMBOL after ballpoint pens became cheap and easier to use A fountain pen shows that you mean business, plenty of people ask me about my pens when I take them out to use them. Fountain pens do have a certain way they have to be controlled though. Usually, for left handed writers, they would need to purchase a left handed fountain pen or left handed nib.
The reason why, is because the nib has to be held at a slight angle that favors a lean to the left. A 45 degree angle is recomended, if you’re going strictly by the book. Right handed writers, write from left to right in a push angle, while left handed writers, write left to right in a pull angle. The fountain pen would probably skip, or not write properly with a left handed writer, unless the pen or the nib is designed for it. However, they do have left handed fountain pens.
If you ever decide to switch over from ballpoints/gel pens, to fountain pens(which I suggest), then you could also choose to purchase a Flex Head Nib Fountain Pen. This nib actually flexes as you write. The nib splits slightly at the tip when forming letters, giving you a soft but firm grip with every letter you create. Cursive writers would fall head over heels for a flex nib head, on a fountain pen. They don’t require hardly any pressure to write with, it flows when you’re writing. It’s like the words are falling out of thin air onto the paper.
SEE HOW THE NIB OPENS SLIGHTLY AT THE POINT, GIVING OFF A BENDING FEEL, HENCE THE NAME: FLEX HEAD NIB…
When you purchase your first fountain pen, their will be a plethora of inks you can buy to go with your pen. Their are metallic inks, sparkling inks, dark colored inks, bright colored inks along with many more. You can purchase a quality low cost founatin pen with a quality low cost bottle of ink for around $20.00. I guarantee,that you will begin to collect fountain pens from then on. Trust me, if you’re a writer, you will want to get your hands on a fountain pen.
TO REFILL, UNSCREW PEN, DIP PEN INTO INK AND TWIST THE MECHANISM AT THE TOP OF THE INK RESERVOIR UNTIL INK IS DRAWN IN. CLEAN OFF AND WRITE!!!!!
I PERSONALLY HAVE TWO JINHAO FOUNTAIN PENS IN MY COLLECTION AS OF NOW. WHICH ARE SHOWN BELOW. I PLAN ON REQUIRING A VARIETY OF MORE. I PURCHASED BOTH OF THESE PENS FOR A COMBINED PRICE OF AROUND $20.
Jinhao 8802- Sea Shell Barrel & Jinhao 500
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