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How to use a fountain pen

Our great grandparents would be proud. In the age of text messaging and emails, handwriting is back in fashion. Cursive instruction has returned to public schools in many states, and pen-pal clubs have popped up all over the country. Meanwhile, people have rediscovered the fountain pen, a writing utensil first developed in the 1800s.

Once upon a time, fountain pens were a disruptive technology. For more than 1,000 years, people dipped quills in ink. Writing was slow going because people had to dip their quill every few words. Fountain pens introduced a built-in ink reservoir, allowing for automatic ink flow and faster writing.

Fountain pens fell out of use when ballpoint pens became popular in the 1950s. But they’re still as useful as ever. They create pleasing bold lines of various thicknesses, and there are few things more satisfying than the feel of a fountain pen gliding across the page. If writing with a fountain pen sounds intimidating, we’re here to assure you that it’s actually not that difficult. Keep reading to learn how to use a fountain pen.


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