So You’re Thinking About Fountain Pens…
There are a lot of good reasons to use a fountain pen. For one, it adds character to your handwriting—in every dot, cross, and flourish—that you just can’t get from a standard ballpoint. Some people consider it a relatively inexpensive way to bring luxury into their day-to-day lives. Others like that it’s reusable, and more cost-effective than buying a new disposable pen every time the last one runs dry. Then there’s that hard-to-describe feeling: Fountain pens feel good to write with, plain and simple, and they make you want to keep writing.
Once you’ve decided to make the switch, there are a few steps you’ll need to take before you’re ready to jot, scrawl, and scribble with the best of them. The world of fountain pens, like any new hobby, can be a mysterious place with its own history and vernacular. And it can get a little messy, too—especially when you want to clean your pen or start inking it from a bottle. But don’t let that...
Community Picks: Top 10 Best Fountain Pens Under $100
We asked. You answered. We polled. You voted.
We set out to gain an understanding of what the community members thought the best fountain pens were in the Writing Community. The results are in and we can now announce the Top 10 Best Fountain Pens Under $100 as chosen by you, the community.
Your thoughts and feedback are what drive us to source the right products for each community so it's extremely valuable for us to hear what you think. We wanted to share the community's thoughts on each of these pens as discussed in the original post wherever possible.
Since we've had some of these pens on Massdrop before, we've included the links to those products in case you wanted to make your official request to get them back on our site. We'll also be making every effort to source the pens listed below that haven't yet made it our way!
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An Abecedarian's First Impressions of Two Seriously Flexy Nibs (or: How I Stepped Into a Bucket of Ink and Called it a Review)
Like so many fountain pen lovers I've always wanted to try my hand at writing with a flexible nib. My first attempt was, of course, with Noodler's Ahab Flex. An experience which I found appalling; we don't use fountain pens just because the output looks better, but also because the experience as a whole is better. I don't see why it has to be any different with a flex nib. No. If I'm getting into flexible nibs I am not wasting time and money on sorry excuses and intermediates. I'm reaching straight for the best... Yes Sir!
It is generally accepted as fact that there is no modern substitute for the vintage flex nib. The closest one can come to superflex, in a modern fountain pen, is a custom job on a Pilot 912 FA (there's also the W-E Decoband, but that's fodder for another ink spill). Now, after close to a hundred fountain pens over the years, I know exactly what I want in a modern fountain pen, I know exactly what to look for and what to avoid. However, I have no...
I am left handed. I would really love to improve my terrible handwriting. What would you see as my best options? Take'n it back to elementary days and print some worksheets out? If so, are there any nice ones that you would like to share with me and I could maybe pick from one? I don't even know cursive and I would really like to learn a nice, unique variation of that. Later on I would love to move on to a fountain pen. Right now I am writing with a Rotring 800 pencil mainly and a couple of inexpensive pens such as the TUL and Sharpie Pen.
Thank you in advance. All input is appreciated.
On Massdrop, there are beginners who are just starting out and experts who really know their stuff. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum, you should always be able to find answers to your questions within the community.
Whether you’re keeping tabs on your to-do list, chronicling your experiences throughout your days, or just working on your creative writing, journaling can be a powerful tool. And knowing more about the processes, techniques, and tools can be a big help.
We want to dive deep into this subject and talk about how everyone uses journaling in their everyday lives. Be it a bullet journal, storytelling practice, or a written captain’s log, share with us how you journal and the materials you use.
Want to figure out the best notepads for bullet journaling? The right pen for the right paper? Maybe you just want to know where to get started or any pro tips out there you might be missing out on?
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What’s a Nib?
A fountain pen is useless without a nib. Nice to look at, but useless. After all, the nib is responsible for turning the ink within the pen into lines of predictable width on the page. What’s the nib, you ask? It’s the metal implement at the end of a pen, the delicately shaped point that gives a fountain pen its air of sophistication. There are many types of nibs—in different shapes, sizes, and materials, with varying degrees of flexibility—that serve a wide variety of purposes. Which one you use will depend entirely upon your personal preference.
The Anatomy of a Nib
Most every nib consists of four basic parts that operate in concert to deliver those predictable lines:
Breather hole: Also known as a vent hole, this aptly named element of a nib allows air to be drawn into the pen, which in turn allows the nib to draw more ink. Dip pens do not have a breather hole, because there’s no ink within the pen to be drawn.
Slit: Extending from the breather hole...
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