In 2007 I was burgled. They made off with oodles of stuff including my collection of over 200 fountain pens. Some of them were horrendously expensive because I’d purchased them more as an investment than to use. I can still remember this beautiful sterling silver pen that dated from the 19th century. Ever since then I put the surviving pens in my desk (the ones that had been in my purse the day of the burglary) and frankly neglected them. (Nor have I purchased any others.)
The other day when I cleaned out a desk drawer I found them again. You have to use a fountain pen every day or the nib and feeder dries out, the ink gets old, and you have to engage in some TLC to get them up and running again. I had seven pens that needed some attention, so they got it. I flushed out the insides, loaded new ink, washed out the nibs, primed them, and voila! The pens worked just fine.
A good fountain pen is like an extension of your brain – in my humble opinion. There’s no hesitation once you put pen to paper. The ink just flows and it seems to encourage thought. However, fountain pens are sometimes a pain in the wazoo to care for – which is another reason why mine were in the desk drawer and hadn’t been used for a while.
I have two favorite pens of the ones that are left. One is an Aurora which is an Italian company. I like the color of it and the feel. Plus, it isn’t heavy despite its size.
There’s a huge range of prices on fountain pens. This is the Aurora I currently have:
It cost $100.00. (Which is cheap for a good pen.)
Here’s another Aurora:
It costs $600.00.
The difference is the nib. One is gold plated; the other is solid gold.
My other favorite pen is a Waterman Charleston and although it has a gold nib it’s reasonably priced.
I think a good fountain pen is like jewelry in that it’s a work of art. It’s a beautiful object. Another reason I’ve always liked a fountain pen is because it becomes individualized the longer you use it. The way you write, how you hold the pen, all that goes into how the nib becomes shaped. You can actually feel the difference between a pen you’ve used often and a brand new one.
After starting to use my poor, neglected pens I’ve fallen in love with them all over again.
For troubleshooting tips with your fountain pens, this is my favorite site:
How about you? Do you use fountain pens? Do you have a favorite?