Fountain pens, a Forgotten Era!

Remember when the feather quills of birds were the source to write on a paper, dipping them into the black/blue ink pot. Those who haven’t experienced it might have seen it in history books or old paintings. That was a very unique and probably the best writing experience one has ever had.



Exploring new ways of creating beautiful handwritings with the help of the blunt side of the feathers, was a manifestation of writing in itself, experienced by the then writers. Slowly the era of feathers got replaced by sharpening woods and writing with them by following the same procedure. As you all have witnessed it in HARRY POTTER MOVIES.

New techniques flooded in and resulted the fountain pens as an era in itself. A fountain pen is a nib pen that is unlike its predecessor, the dip pen. A fountain pen needs little or no pressure on the nib to write. Which provides a full flow beautiful experience of writing. Many lovers of fountain pens even celebrate the World Fountain Pen Day on the first Friday of November every year.

Thought written off a long time ago, fountain pens are used for important official works such as signing valuable documents. Today, fountain pens are often treated as luxury goods and sometimes as status symbols. Fountain pens may serve as an everyday writing instrument, much like the common ballpoint pen. Fountain pens can serve various artistic purposes such as expressive penmanship and calligraphy, pen and ink artwork, and professional art and design. Many users also favor a fountain pen’s air of timeless elegance, personalization and sentimentality, which computers and ballpoint pens seem to lack, and often state that once they start using fountain pens, ballpoints become awkward to use due to the extra motor effort needed and lack of expressiveness, so true!

Gone were the days when people use to buy ink bottles and ink droppers along with them. Talk about little more trendy people, buying ink cartridges! BAM! Use of ink droppers got finished. And what do you know if this era of ink pens has given us many writers! All my school life,  I remember using different types of fountain pens including Chinese technology suction ink pen, manually opening and filling ink by droppers and using cartridges, both sided nib pens, disposable nib pens. Many would remember buying and collecting steel nibs which is not available nowadays. The beauty of writing with fountain pens has made many people fond of choosing them over any ball pens or so. Many still adore writing with it.

Well the fountain pen era has ended and new technologies taken over it.