Psychologist/Cognitive Neuroscientist, fountain pen reviewer, lover of gear and cooking, connoisseur of the bizarre.
Who is gourmet pens?
I am Azizah, aka GOURMETPENS. I write this blog and do these videos because I have stationery and I get excited about it and I want to share it with you and make you excited about pens and inks and crinkly paper.
How do fountain pens work?
Fountain pens work by managing the rate at which the ink flows through the pen. When the pen is held at an upright angle, ink from the reservoir is drawn downward by gravity, and goes through the feed and to the nib in a controlled fashion.
Why use fountain pen?
Improved Writing Experience Despite their pleasing aesthetic, fountain pens are more than an attractive writing tool. They also transform the experience of writing by hand and improve handwriting. Thanks to the nature of flowing ink, you avoid the dreaded hand cramp often acquired by tightly clutching a scratchy biro.
Who makes Akkerman inks?
Akkerman inks come from the Akkerman Pen Store in The Hague, in the Netherlands. These inks are renowned for their unique glass bottle design and filling system with glass marble! Akkerman launched his own ink line in 2010 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the P.W.
What type of pen does Queen Elizabeth use?
But it’s not just in its native America that Parker pens became so illustrious. The UK adopted Parker as a stationery national treasure when the Queen proffered a highly prized Royal Warrant for Parker to supply the Royal Household, due to its ‘highest standards of service, quality and excellence’.
How long does a fountain pen nib last?
Most nibs will last at least 10-30 years. High-quality nibs can last up to 75-100 years, depending on the material. Gold nibs may wear faster, but not necessarily. Untipped nibs will last a couple of years.
Do people still use fountain pens?
However, fountain pens are now making a big comeback, with even those who haven’t used one before being tempted by them.
What kind of people use fountain pens?
People Who Are Practicing Their Handwriting That being said, fountain pens are often used by people who want to practice their handwriting. That said, such people are still pretty niche because there aren’t too many reasons to even really care about one’s handwriting in this day and age.
What are the disadvantages of fountain pen?
- Larger upfront investment; initially more expensive than ballpoint pens.
- More maintenance required; need to clean the nib regularly for proper ink flow.
- Water-based ink will fade; less permanent than oil-based ballpoint pens.
- Best used only on paper; other writing surfaces aren’t compatible with fountain pen ink.
Why fountain pens are expensive?
Just the production of these nibs takes a 7-step process. All is done with high precision, from the flattening of the steel to the strengthening of the tip. Other fountain pens have handmade nib carvings, hence their higher cost.
What pen does Obama use?
All the President’s Pens What’s more, like all true stationery nerds, Obama is “very particular” about his writing tools, preferring the combination of yellow legal pad and black Uni-ball Vision Elite rollerball pen with a micro-point.
What watch does Prince Charles wear?
Charles’ choice from Parmigiani Fleurier is the Toric Chronograph, released in the early 2000s. According to the brand, he purchased the watch in Switzerland in the early 2000s, probably in Klosters, the Swiss resort the royal family often visited during the winter holidays.
What does the white dot on Sheaffer pens mean?
Sheaffer put a little white dot on their pens that they called the Mark Of Distinction – it signified that it was guaranteed to last for the lifetime of the person who first bought it.
Do fountain pens get better with age?
Fountain pen nibs will get smoother over time through regular use. Depending on the nib material, it could take anywhere from two weeks up to multiple months before noticing the difference.
Do fountain pens improve with age?
On the other hand, a fountain pen can last for decades if looked after well (and will improve with age).
What is nib creep?
Nib creep is when ink from a fountain pen “creeps” out from between the slit in the nib onto the surface of the nib.
Are fountain pens allowed on planes?
A: The simple answer to the question of can you fly with a fountain pen is, YES. The concern when flying with a fountain pen is ink leaking from the pen during flight due to cabin pressure changes.
Are fountain pens making a comeback?
In an age of screens and keyboarding, when kids hardly learn cursive anymore, fountain pens — along with their old-timey accoutrements like blotters, bottled ink and fancy nibs — are making a comeback. There are jazzy new colors and styles, and an array of affordable options.
Can you write normally with a fountain pen?
Fountain pens aren’t that different from the everyday pens you’re already using. That’s not to say that there isn’t a slight learning curve, however. You’ll have to practice with these pens a bit, but once you get the hang of them, you’ll be writing beautiful, professional script in no time at all.
When did fountain pens stop being used?
With the advent of the modern plastic ink cartridge in the early 1950s, though, most of these systems were phased out in favour of convenience (but reduced capacity).
Which fountain pen brand is the best?
- Pelikan Souveran 400 Collection Fountain Pens.
- Namiki Yukari Royale Collection Fountain Pens.
- Kaweco Collector’s Edition Fountain Pens.
- Diplomat Excellence A2 Fountain Pens.
- TWSBI Diamond 580AL Fountain Pens.
- Benu Talisman Fountain Pens.
- Lamy Al-Star Special Edition Fountain Pens.
Are fountain pens getting more popular?
Parker, which has manufactured fountain pens since 1888, claims a worldwide “resurgence” in the past five years, and rival Lamy says turnover increased by more than 5% in 2011. Online retailer Amazon says sales so far this year have doubled compared with the same period in 2011. They are four times higher than 2010.
How often should you clean a fountain pen?
We would always recommend that your fountain pen be cleaned every 4-8 weeks, even if they are still writing well to avoid problems in the future. Carefully remove the cartridge or converter from inside your pen. We would then recommend using cold tap water to flush through the nib and gripping section of the pen.
Does a fountain pen improve your handwriting?
As mentioned, fountain pens work to slow down handwriting, giving you more control over your words and helping to improve handwriting.