I suspect that I am in a very small minority of people who write almost exclusively with a fountain pen. Certain paper and card means I sometimes have to use a ballpoint pen but, given the choice, I will always choose a fountain pen.
I use either a Conway Stewart fountain pen (my good pen) or a Lamy fountain pen (my everyday pen). Unfortunately, Conway Stewart went out of business some time ago, however, Bespoke British Pens bought what stock existed and still make, in effect, Conway Stewart pens. I bought my Lamy fountain pen from a shop near where I worked in London many, many years ago. I bought my Conway Stewart more recently from Andy's Pens (http://www.andys-pens.co.uk/) who stock a range suitable for nearly every budget.
With a fountain pen I can I watch the ink glisten on the paper before drying. I consider writing with a fountain pen is writing with a soul; I find writing with a ballpoint soulless.
As I have mentioned on this forum before, I was once told, "There are two things in life you do not lend: your fountain pen and your wife. In that order."
I get VERY excited about Fountain Pens!
I have five of them and they all have different size nibs. I never write anything important, (like a card or a letter or a poem or a journal) with a ballpoint pen as I feel they are soulless too! I write with a fountain pen as often as I can (often even my shopping list too,) and I have different coloured inks: purple, green and turquoise.
I strongly suspect I have a stationery fetish too.
Fabulous question caretwo and I’m loving the results of the poll. I too find writing with anything other than a fountain pen, soulless, and as a prolific writer, I have a deep love for all things related to writing and stationary. My sister shares this love as well and as far as we know, she’s not autistic, but then again, I can see my love of stationary does go deeper than hers and she doesn’t always write with a fountain pen but she is fabulous at calligraphy writing with fountain pens. Maybe she’s just a bit aitistic ;)
Super great question though and it has made me see that I’m maybe not getting anywhere with my writing of late, since I came back to the U.K., because I haven’t been writing with my fountain pen!!!
Thank you caretwo This has been interesting, fun and helpful and thank you for the link to Andy’s pens ~ I think it’s time I got me a new pen
I’d happily loan the husband out though if I had one, I’m all in to sharing, so long as it’s not the pen! Lol!
I wasn't a big fan of fountain pens, but I did try it out for a while. In the end, I preferred biros :)
It is good to know that you also think ballpoint pens are soulless. If I tell anyone that in person I am met with a shake of the head.
I do not use different coloured inks as my writing style is better suited to blue (I cannot recall the shade I am currently using and it is not on the bottle) and I do not like ging through the process of flushing out pens before changing colours.
Glad you like the question. And another person who finds other types of pens soulless!
Using a fountain pen when I was at school (many years ago) was problem because I am left-handed and the ink used to take some time to dry. As a result of this, I had to change how I held the pen. Nowadays the ink dries very quickly and being left-handed is not such a problem when it comes to using a fountain pen.
I love my silver Lamy Al-star, once about 9 years ago I was walking in WHsmith between shelves, surrounded of new fresh books aromat and stopped by pens display, and memories come from my childhood, when I have a present from my mum a fountain pen, and only now I'm trying to decode what kind intention was in that unusual for 7 year old boy present, thank you to my mom, I'm using it daily, for sketching, for notebook, for delivery signed
My mum bought me my first fountain pen just before I was due to start senior school. At the time I stood out as the only person using a fountain pen but I am now glad she bought me the pen.
p.s. my colour is also blue
Same here. Fond memories.