“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.”– Graham Greene
There are times when only the elegance of a fountain pen will suffice…such as when you are recording the most important moments of your life, turning ordinary words into extraordinary poetry, or eloquently transferring the innermost contents of your heart and soul to paper.
Throughout history tools used for writing have evolved from chisels being used to mark stone…a bit of papyrus reed to mark out the shapes of cuneiform…to bits of charcoal used to mark words on pieces of birch bark or bits of leaf….until ink was finally created, using various types of plant matter, animals, and eventually iron and extract of oak galls.
This newly-invented ink required a new tool-the dip quill pen, a bit of feather with a carefully cut nib to draw up the ink and transfer it to paper.
Eventually people began searching for another tool that didn’t require constantly dipping into ink or recutting of the nib.
Thus the fountain pen took over in 1636…
The fountain pen wrote all of history for the next 300 years, when the ballpoint took charge in 1936.
Yet the fountain pen remains the writing utensil of choice for those who prefer a more traditional, elegant, and beautiful method of writing….and a cleaner and more consistent line.
So one of my goals for this year has been to get a quality fountain pen of my very own.
These websites should come in handy for my selection.