A Favoured Pen
By Ron Rybs
May 13, 2019 3:38pm CST
A bit of a throwback in this age of compterised and AI augmented word processing, but when it comes to writing by hand you cannot beat using a fountain pen. There is something about the flow of the ink that seems to positively encourage writing. When I am at home I use a fountain for all my writing, even scribbling notes to myself. I have several pens to choose from, although the one in the picture is my Favourite. Fountain pens need to be used regularly or the ink will dry and cause a blockage. They also need a bit of maintenance every now and again. Not having the ease of use of a biro is one of their charms, I feel. You can spend a small fortune on one, but there is a range of cheaper alternatives. My one is modestly priced from Parker. Are there any other Luddites out there who enjoy the old fashioned art of writing in flowing ink?
13 people like this
• United Kingdom
OH yes I am with you there. I used to write with a fountain pen all the time. What used to annoy me was when someone would ask to borrow it and I refused they became quite offended and personal about it The fountain pen should only be used by the owner and NO ONE ELSE. Even my colleagues would get quite obnoxious about it and yet you would think Doctors would be aware of this fact. Unfortunately in the end I had to stop using them at work as often I would drop the pen which damaged the tip. I still use one at home and much prefer it to biro pen.
• United States
I didn't know you could still buy them! I would love to be able to find one. Now that you've given me a brand-new damn of the Parker, I might be able to go and find one. If I can't find it at the Barnes & Noble, I might be able to find them online! What size tip do you prefer?
There was a time when I would collect all types of fountain pens and I had a nice collection of them. Then ball point pens came and I started collecting those too. Had to stop it after I got married. Unfortunately my brother threw out my entire collection.
• Wheat Ridge, Colorado
Yes Ron, you are a fine fellow to be writing with such a lovely pen. I remember the fountain pens very well and was very picky about which one I would write with when I was a child. I did a lot of my lessons in a fountain pen.
• London, England
I read a short book about improving your writing style. Have to say I was the pen wrong and using my fingers to move the pen. I know keep fingers still and using the wrist for movement. Took a while to get used to but it does help