Monday, December 19th, 2011

Rise of the Fountain Pens?

Stephanie

In the last however many years that I have been using fountain pens, I have yet to have a personal encounter with another FP user. I’ve spoken to thousands of them on the Fountain Pen Network just never anyone in person, until this month when I met 2! One is a photographer sharing studio space – Olaf gifted me with a bottle of Yama Budo as a studio warming present and has been seeing using a sweet Pilot pen with a cursive italic nib. The other was a man who visited my studio yesterday, he pulled out a TWSBI demonstrator which he said was a copy of a Pelikan M800.

Do you think this is simple coincidence? Or do you think fountain pen use is on the rise? The man with the TWSBI had come to see my mandalas with his teenage son who also liked to draw them. I asked his son if he also used a fountain pen to which his dad laughed and said that he wasn’t interested. I then explained to his son how I first started using them because of their effortless flow (my hands had been known to cramp after long writing sessions) and how many of my early mandalas had been drawn using a fountain pen.

I bet he gives it a shot…


20 thoughts on “Rise of the Fountain Pens?

  1. I might also add that if anyone is ever on the East Coast and flying through Philadelphia, as bad as that airport is, you’re likely to get stuck for a while. There is (or at least there was the last time I flew through) a fountain pen store near the C concourse that sells affordable fountain pens. It’s where I got my first Lamy, but I had to throw that one away when I dropped it and it cracked:( I wish I could remember the name of the store, but I can’t offhand. I do remember most of the staff was Russian and extremely helpful.

  2. I might also add that if anyone is ever on the East Coast and flying through Philadelphia, as bad as that airport is, you’re likely to get stuck for a while. There is (or at least there was the last time I flew through) a fountain pen store near the C concourse that sells affordable fountain pens. It’s where I got my first Lamy, but I had to throw that one away when I dropped it and it cracked:( I wish I could remember the name of the store, but I can’t offhand. I do remember most of the staff was Russian and extremely helpful.

  3. I just recently got back into using my (now discontinued) Waterman Harmonie and I plan to get a converter for my Aurora Ipsilon after the New Year. I also asked for a Lamy with a bottle of lavender ink for Christmas, so I’m doing my best to bring back fountain pens. I think the thing that I’ve encountered most among my friends who see me using my fountain pens is that they think that fountain pens are too high-falutin’ for them. I just try to explain the benefits of fountain pens and hope I’ve made a few converts. It was a lot harder in high school to convince my friends of a fountain pen’s benefits — my grandmother gave me a Parker pen when I was 16 that went everywhere with me. It’s long since been lost, but that was what started me down the path to fountain pen collecting. I also have a non-brand wooden one that I need to get short cartridges for, and I’m seriously considering saving some money to purchase a nice one from Jetpens.com. If only I was made of money and could afford a limited edition Mont Blanc!:) Maybe someday when I win the lottery;)

  4. I just recently got back into using my (now discontinued) Waterman Harmonie and I plan to get a converter for my Aurora Ipsilon after the New Year. I also asked for a Lamy with a bottle of lavender ink for Christmas, so I’m doing my best to bring back fountain pens. I think the thing that I’ve encountered most among my friends who see me using my fountain pens is that they think that fountain pens are too high-falutin’ for them. I just try to explain the benefits of fountain pens and hope I’ve made a few converts. It was a lot harder in high school to convince my friends of a fountain pen’s benefits — my grandmother gave me a Parker pen when I was 16 that went everywhere with me. It’s long since been lost, but that was what started me down the path to fountain pen collecting. I also have a non-brand wooden one that I need to get short cartridges for, and I’m seriously considering saving some money to purchase a nice one from Jetpens.com. If only I was made of money and could afford a limited edition Mont Blanc!:) Maybe someday when I win the lottery;)

  5. I got into this fountain pen hobby about a year ago but so far I haven’t met anyone else using them. It’s too bad, but the surprise will be greater when I finally do come across a fellow believer.

  6. I got into this fountain pen hobby about a year ago but so far I haven’t met anyone else using them. It’s too bad, but the surprise will be greater when I finally do come across a fellow believer.

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