I love fountain pens and currently have four. Fountain pens have a charm that mechanical pencils and ballpoint pens do not have, so I would like to introduce you to a fragment of the deep world of fountain pens.
1 Ink colors are almost infinite, and you can enjoy your favorite colors
There are two types of fountain pens, cartridge type and ink type, and I think the “fountain pen” you have in mind is the latter. The cartridge type is a method of exchanging the ink contained in the cartridge like a printer, and the ink type is a method of pumping up the ink using a device called a converter. Many fountain pens are compatible with both. The cartridge type is easier and more convenient, but the ink type fountain pen has such a deep appeal that it is commonly called “ink swamp”.
Inks are commonly red, blue, green, black, etc., but there are many other colors as well. There is also an ink specialty store, and you can also order your favorite ink color to order. Depending on the ink, it can also be mixed. Therefore, you can write letters in your favorite color, which is an attraction that mechanical pencils and ballpoint pens do not have.
By the way, my favorite color is blue-black, which is close to dark blue. The calm colors make you feel relaxed.
2 It is suitable for writing for a long time without getting tired while writing.
When I bought a fountain pen for the first time at the recommendation of a friend and wrote letters, I instinctively said, “This does not make a big difference in my life.” The characters are easy to write. It’s easy to write without getting tired even if you write for a long time. You can see this immediately by using a fountain pen rather than writing it for a long time. The fountain pen itself may be a little heavy, but when you write it, you’ll be amazed at the gap between its weight and the comfort of writing.
3 Can be used for many years and is economical
A fountain pen means “a brush that can be written for 10,000 years” in Japanese. As the name implies, it can be used for many years and is very economical. The initial cost of buying it for the first time may be high, but once you have the set, you can write almost infinitely, and you only have to replace the ink. The ink type is much cheaper than the cartridge type. And fountain pens have their own vendors who accept repairs. If you buy a fountain pen that is reasonably expensive, those vendors will help you with maintenance, so there is almost no need to replace it.
4 Each manufacturer has its own personality
Each fountain pen has its own personality. For example, the writing comfort is different between the pilot, which is a Japanese manufacturer, and the one from a London manufacturer. You can see this as soon as you change the paper. If you write on Japanese paper, it is easier to write on Japanese manufacturers, and if you write on paper bought in Europe, it is easier to write on European manufacturers. I want you to try this difference as well.
5 Easy to make to order
The higher the price of a fountain pen, the easier it is to tailor it and the closer it is to the writing feel you like. Some manufacturers make bespoke fountain pens. Even with a cheap fountain pen, the more you use it, the more familiar it will be and the easier it will be to use.
6 Even beginners can enjoy
The number of cheap fountain pens has increased recently. Therefore, the threshold is much lower than in the past. With the cartridge type, even beginners can enjoy the world of fountain pens as if they were ballpoint pens, without getting their hands dirty. At Amazon, choosing one for about 20 euros is suitable for beginners and easy to write. Cheaper ones increase the risk of being inferior. 20 euros is about the same price as a high ballpoint pen, isn’t it? Surprisingly, fountain pens are cheap.
7 Easy to write even with a cheap fountain pen, get to know the world of fountain pens
As I wrote earlier, the first fountain pen you try doesn’t have to be expensive. To be impressed by how easy it is to write, first try the relatively cheap ones.
It is easy to get a habit of writing 8 letters
When I use a fountain pen, I often get addicted to writing. Therefore, once you get used to it, you can write your own characters. It may be a little difficult to get used to, but once you get the hang of it, you can write your own characters. Therefore, a letter written with a fountain pen can convey warmth and humanity more than a letter written with a mechanical pencil or the like.
9 There are lovers all over the world
Fountain pens have fans all over the world. Therefore, for example, if you bring a fountain pen bought in Japan to Italy, it is often repaired at an Italian shop. What’s more, we have fans all over the world, so if you say “I like fountain pens” and the other person, you will soon be able to become friends. Information about fountain pens is written around the world, including English and Italian.
10 Fun to find your favorite fountain pen
Each fountain pen has its own characteristics, so it’s a lot of fun to find your favorite one. It’s a never-ending journey, and after many twists and turns, the joy of finally encountering a fountain pen that makes me think, “I was looking for this!” Is indescribable.