Tag: fountain pen articles

On the Individuality of Handwriting

Here’s a very nice article about how handwriting is an expression of one’s individual personality and history –> Dancing With Words.

It was mostly my mom who taught me how to write, and she made practice sheets for me to learn how to write in cursive at an early age. However, as soon as I’m not required to write in cursive anymore, I adapted a kind of handwriting that I imitated from my father. Bold, squarish letters that stand right up, like the copperplate font. As I grew older, my handwriting became a combination of my dad’s and mom’s. Slanted and curving bold letters.

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Handwriting also shows our emotions. When I’m excited, the peaks in my writing become more pointed as I write faster. When I’m angry, the letters are wider and the corners are sharper. It’s a good observation. The article is a nice read.

Splurging a little on fountain pens…

This is a short and simple article I found on Wired about splurging a little on fountain pens –> When Buying Fountain Pens, Splurging (a little) Is Totally Worth It

My favorite paragraph (near the end) reads:

“Cynics will dismiss using a fountain pen these days as a needless hipsterism, a tacky bit of retro nostalgia that serves no real purpose. I disagree. A good fountain pen is a piece of precision engineering and design, and will serve you well for many years. Using a fountain pen is about making a deliberate choice to buy something that you can use repeatedly, rather than something you use once and loose. If you want to write casually, get a Bic disposable and throw it away when you’re done. But if you want to have something that looks cool and is a pleasure to use, get a fountain pen.”

I’m going to add that the writing experiences between using a ballpoint pen or gel pen and using a fountain pen are vastly different. Yes, fountain pens are (hands-down) a lot prettier than many ball points in the market, but writing with them is as different as eating fastfood and eating in a good restaurant. Sure, you feel full after a meal, but the culinary experience is vastly different.  Continue reading “Splurging a little on fountain pens…”

Rethinking Converters?

When I was starting out with this collection during the last week of May this year, my friend (who encouraged me to try it) tried to explain to me different ways of filling pens with inks. I was faced with options on getting pens with converter fillers, piston fillers, etc. Of course for practicality’s sake (as I wasn’t ready to spend money on a hobby), I picked a converter-filled pen and I couldn’t be happier with it.

Today I have pens that are piston-filling, lever-filling, aerometric, etcetera… I can say with certainty that my personal preference leans more towards converter-filled pens because it’s simply easier to maintain. If something goes wrong with it, chuck it out and replace it. Piston pens, for example, are a bit harder (and more expensive) to fix.

Of course it’s really a personal preference. For some people, replacing the sac or taking the pen apart to apply silicon grease to the piston, the general maintenance of fountain pens is part of the charm.

In any case, for those of you who are thinking about this issue, here’s something you can read that might help: “Let’s Reevaluate Converter-Filling Fountain Pens” by Edison Pen Co’s Brian Gray