The majority of us have memories of using fountain pens in school, complete with ink smeared palms and smudged writing. This is our first association with the writing implement.
Since then, the most of us at Pen Heaven have probably switched to using ballpoint pens, and we haven't really considered going back. However, as a reaction to the rise of the digital era, there has been a resurgence of interest in the time-honored skill of handwriting as well as the fountain pen.
"Now that handwriting is a choice and not a chore, and there is a premium on the unique rather than the infinitely reproducible, people are beginning to discover, or rediscover, the thrill of pen and ink." [Citation needed] "Now that handwriting is a choice and not a chore, and there is a premium on the unique rather than the infinitely reproducible," [Citation - Daisy Goodwin, The Sunday Times, February 11, 2014
We look at the five most important reasons why you should put down your BIC biro and think about getting a fountain pen instead.
1. It's a Statement About Your Lifestyle
Since fountain pens are no longer considered to be the normal writing instrument for daily usage, their position has been changed to that of an accessory. The use of a fountain pen in this day and age, when email and texting have taken over as the major means of communication, is an honest declaration that you wish to write the old-fashioned way, in a thoughtful manner. At your place of employment, showing that you take what you are doing seriously sends a message to your coworkers. When signing a treaty, a president will not use a Bic pen; rather, they will use a fountain pen.
2. The 'Happy Days' of Yesteryear
There's a reason why many refer to them as the "good old days," since life moved at a more leisurely pace and the pressures of the modern digital world did not exist (email stress is a real condition). It is the opposite of email and texting to take the time to write a letter with a fountain pen since the procedure is soothing and provides a tactile experience. When you fill a converter with ink from a bottle, or when you sign your name with a pen and ink, you can't help but feel a connection to the past.
3. Decades Worth of Happiness
How many damaged or lost ballpoint pens do you have to your name? The ballpoint pen is an example of an item that many of us treat as a throwaway that we continually dispose of. On the other hand, if it is cared for properly, a fountain pen may survive for a number of decades (and will improve with age). Additionally, ink cartridges are more affordable, and they are available in a dazzling variety of colors.
4. An Experience That Is Both Luxurious and Expressive When You Write
One of life's greatest sensory pleasures is writing with a fountain pen on paper with a creamy texture, as the saying goes. — Daisy Goodwin, from the Sunday Times
The ink from a fountain pen moves fluidly across the surface of the page, allowing the writer to produce magnificent strokes while applying far less pressure to the paper. Altering the nib, the way you hold the pen, and the angle at which you write may all help you develop a more distinctive writing style (solid gold nibs actually adapt to your writing style).
5. Makes one's handwriting more legible
But would switching to a fountain pen make your handwriting better?
We recently polled a number of educators about their opinions, and the responses we received were almost unanimously favorable.
Mr. Curtis, an English instructor, believed that writing next to a fountain caused him to write more carefully and coherently.
Ms Webb used to teach at a private school where fountain pens were essential, and she now works with pupils from low income households.
"I cannot tell how much this is due to a different economic background and education system, but there was clearly a superior quality of handwriting in the private school and I do wonder if the equipment played an influence. I have no doubt that the fact that the educational supplies provided to low-income children are often of low quality and have a propensity to be readily broken has an effect on the students' attitudes about the task they are expected to do."
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