Best Fountain Pen

January 18, 2014

Fountain pens are the hipsters of the world of writing utensils. They were pens before it was cool to be a pen. Before there were disposable Bics or Papermates that you could lose a few a day and not really care. In fact there is a lot of interesting history surrounding them. They are the direct predecessor of the dip pen, the first “real pen.” Before them feather quills were used for centuries. The big difference between the dip pen and the fountain pen is that the fountain pen was the first writing utensil to have an internal supply of ink.

Prior to that you had to purchase a bottle of dipping ink. This new internal storing mechanism made pens much more portable. (Imagine before: “Is that a bottle of ink in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”)

These writing instruments become much more popular and mainstream in the early 18th century. Since that time the craftsmanship has evolved to

 

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