Behind the big index knuckle, at 45 degrees, or if the pen wants, at 40 degrees at the start of the web of the thumb......or if it is long and or heavy let it rest in the pit of the web of the thumb at 35 degrees. Let the pen decide where it wants to rest because by forcing it, you must add pressure to holding a fountain pen.
With a lighter grip, let the pen rest where it will.
Hold a fountain pen very lightly, in no pressure is needed, in you do not have to turn a ball in the tip of a ball point. Hold the pen like it is a baby featherless baby bird.
Do not make baby bird paste.
IF posted like the picture, the pit of the thumb is where it should be, if not posted, and I think your pen is a Large one, it will rest higher.
If held there there will be a small puddle of ink the pen skates in. One gets the full advantage of the half round tipping. No pressure at all is needed....it's not a ball point.***
If held like a old style pre-gel ball point before the big index knuckle at 60-70 degrees or more, the ink puddle becomes tiny.............and one gouges little grand canyons in the paper. That also promotes scratchy.
***I too was ruined by 4 1/2 decades of ball point use. Using a ball point is like plowing the south forty with out the mule. Not that I held it before the big index knuckle, but I held on for dear life, like I was hanging on a cliff with one hand. I was Ham Fisted.
I'd say the vast majority of us who came into fountain pens or came back after decades of developing muscles with a ball point were or are. 'Forefinger up' method of holding a fountain pen will give you a lighter Hand.
A new pen must be cleaned....yours is a cartridge/converter pen, I would guess. I don't have that brand. So you need a rubber baby ball syringe to clean the pen and converter quick and easy. Makes it very fast to clean out old ink when you change inks.
Same with the converter, if you are using it. Converters often have vapor lock and must be fiddled with or replaced with one with a little plastic ball, or one adds a small steel ball or spring......you have lots of time to read about that stuff.
Look up Tripod grip....that is where the thumb is bent and at 10:00 the forefinger is bent and at 02:00 and the pen rests on the end joint of the middle finger.
I changed from that Classic Tripod, in because of the bend of forefinger and thumb =....lots of pressure is added....that makes taking months to learn a light grip.
Look it up and try it, so you know how. How ever, I find the 'forefinger up', method of grasping a fountain pen better, takes three minutes and is an automatic light grip.
With this way of grasping a fountain pen, if the pen is thin or thick, it does not matter. Many who use the Tripod complain about thin pens......(Newer Generation folks use to Large fat pens, in fat pens were very uncommon in the '50-60's out side the not well selling Sheaffer PFM...Pen For Men and the MB149. Large and thicker pens came in after fountain pens were not used all day at the work place writing 8 hours a day where a light nimble standard, or medium-long pens were favored. IMO Large came in for Bling, note taking at the Conference Room table. Many companies that had made standard sized pens stopped, making what sold, Large pens for occasional use...................now though Large pens are being thought by the younger folks as 'standard' and they find standard pens too small............wouldn't be if they were posted. Some folks refuse to post standard sized or medium-long pens as they should be, and then have the nerve to complain about it. )
Help! How Do You Hold Your Fountain Pen?
Richard Binder has a site , he was once one of the Guru's of pen repair, nib grinding and so on. His site is the Bible of fountain pens, nibs, filling systems, good advice about inks, and so many beautiful :puddle:vintage pens..................it will take you at least three full days to read it.
It use to be 96.8% of all I knew about fountain pens.....now it is only 92.3%...after all one should have learned something in 10 years.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 06 September 2018 - 10:10.