Does anyone else do math with a fountain pen? As was the case with penmanship, I hated math in school and didn't study it once I wasn't forced to in school. When I got into fountain pens last year, I read a post here that said that kids in some European countries (probably Germany and/or France, I don't remember which) used fountain pens for math. That inspired me to renew my math studies and to do it using fountain pens exclusively. When I make a mistake, I just cross it out. Sometimes the crossed out parts contain the seeds of the right answer. It's actually neater than using pencil, because when I use a pencil, I press really hard, and the marks don't erase well. I feel that my fountain pen hobby is helping me to explore other interests that I would not have considered before.
Interesting. Have to say "Me, too," I guess. I've always enjoyed math, but like most folks, took notes and did my exercises in PENCIL. So I could ERASE, of course! Like crossword puzzles. Only a show-off uses INK, doesn't (s)he? Besides, our teachers drummed this into us, too! They didn't want you turning in homework or exams
with a big, inky MESS of corrections on it. But, you must learn the rules before you break them, right?
Like not starting a sentence with "but," "and," or "like?"
Lately, however (in the last year since I've 're-discovered' FPs), I have
done some math writing with FP. "Erasing mistakes" is a non-issue. I pretty much know ahead of time
if I'm writing something that might need correction or flat re-doing. If so, I use a pencil. Got maybe a dozen of those
puppies, too! If I'm just trying to recall an equation or formula or work out an actual problem--then, of course, I'll be using a pencil or a fine rollerball or felt-tip. A Hi-Tec C comes to mind. In-class lecture notes? Pencil or rollerball, usually. Gotta write fast, not necessarily pretty. Can't worry about drying times, smearing or drying-out nibs. Tiny, marginal notes sometimes, too.
And, another thing: ever see any old film (or dramatizations) of people like EINSTEIN "doing" math? If they're not writing on a chalkboard, they're writing with...a big, fat FOUNTAIN PEN, usually! The exact OPPOSITE
of what our teachers were telling us to do, right?
Maybe you're more thoughtful and careful about what you're writing just because
you don't want to have to cross out and re-write anything when you're writing math stuff in ink.
Enforces a kind of mental discipline, don't you agree? And that's gotta
be A Good Thing.
Incidentally, this may also explain my finicky-ness regarding what constitutes a "Fine" or "Extra-Fine" nib, too. To me, "Fine" means I can write legible MATHEMATICAL EQUATIONS
with it, plain and simple. Exponents, limits, superscripts, subscripts and all. If I can do that on regular lined (7 or 8mm spacing) paper, that's a sufficiently "Fine" nib.