The fountain pen is a curious example of an old-fashioned object that has survived the winds of change with different manufacturing companies of the product, including online retailers claiming to see an increase in the sales of the product. One manufacturer Lamy says that in 2011 alone the turnover increased by up to 5% while Amazon, an online retailer, claiming that the sales as in 2012 were double what they had sold in 2011. The reason for such a positive increase in the sales of these pens could be the fact that the pens bring back some school memories for some while for others it is a luxurious treasure for today people are giving them as gifts. This article takes a look at some of the ways you can determine good quality fountain pens.
Fountain pens in the market are of different types and vary in price. While some people may reason why spend so much on a pen when the end result is the same: comfort and style as you use them on your rhodia notebooks matters. The difference in price also comes as a reflection of the quality of the nib. A cheap pen will mostly be made of steel, which is hard, not so flexible and neither is it durable. A gold-plated nib, on the other hand, which is a tad more costly will often be more durable compared to steel for gold does not corrode.
As these pens come in different sizes, which do not necessarily reflect the ink capacity, quality fountain pens are ones relatable to the size of your hand. This is because a big one can be quite tiring to write with for long whereas too small can be quite a struggle to write with. An average-size pen may be good, which is about 5” with the cap on. Also be careful with these for there are some designs that are made to be aesthetically appealing but very uncomfortable when held.
This is very important to note especially if you do a lot of writing. A large carrying capacity would be recommended if you do extensive writing, but if you only use your pen for occasional signing of letters, then something with a smaller capacity would suit you well. Pelikan and montblanc for example, are known to have a larger capacity than the normal pens.
The nib’s flexibility and nib point are equally to consider as these play a great role in determining your handwriting. Rigid nibs which are common today are great for people who are heavy handed while a semi rigid one is great for users with a light touch. Today you can find custom-made pens that can write in italics, obliques as well as stabilo art supplies depending on your need.
By keeping these factors in mind you will have found quality fountain pens for use in your fountain pen friendly notebooks. Throw in a little design and color to reflect your personality, and you will have found the best one.