Jump to content

Why Do You Use A Fountain Pen?



  

615 members have voted

  1. 1. Why do you use a fountain pen?

    • It makes me look cool/posh/cultured.
      114
    • I have weak writing pressure.
      61
    • To improve penmanship.
      251
    • Upholding tradition.
      188
    • In the loving memory of someone close to me.
      29
    • I'm tired of donating money to Bic/PaperMate.
      89
    • The variety of ink colours.
      279
    • I do calligraphy.
      75
    • Other (list them in the forum posts!).
      244


Recommended Posts

GabrielleDuVent

In the previous poll topic I posted, I asked what people say to you when you use your fountain pen in the public. The reasoning for asking this was because I wanted to see the public's reaction to fountain pens and their users. The common perception is "posh", but what do people think of them, personally? Do they even care?

 

A responder to the forum, jetsam, wrote as a response that this made him ask himself why he uses fountain pens, since we are bombarded with alternative choices, and then suggested I put this pseudo-existential question as a poll as well. I'm sure there are about as many reasons as there are users, but I figured it's worth thinking about it. Fountain pens are high maintenance (compared to alternatives anyway) and are often luxury items, since it's not really necessary to carry out your day-to-day tasks. It's not just for older generations either, since we have teenagers on here.

 

My main reason is because I have very weak writing pressure, and I need ink to flow upon contact, not upon pressure. Not only that, I appreciate the variety of nibs and the colours a fountain pen can bring as options.

 

What are your reasons?

 

 

Tes rires retroussés comme à son bord la rose,


Effacent mon dépit de ta métamorphose;


Tu t'éveilles, alors le rêve est oublié.



-Jean Cocteau, from Plaint-Chant, 1923

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Replies 345
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

  • GabrielleDuVent

    13

  • pajaro

    9

  • cbaytan

    4

  • Lyander0012

    4

I enjoy the hobby of collecting, mixing, filling, thinking about when I run out in this pen and what ink I will fill the pen with.

 

Just different enough to be noticed, with no fear of being locked up.

Link to post
Share on other sites
inferno2086

For me its about customization both with ink colors and nib widths. I love the tradition also it makes it kinda have a vintage feel when writing with a fountain pen.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Lyander0012

I selected three: First was because I wanted very badly to improve my penmanship. There was nothing wrong with it, initially, but I just felt that it lacked... character? Something to make it stand out. I guess I have something of an attention-seeking streak, haha XD

Another reason was because I was enamoured by the fact that one could practically create ink of any colour they wanted, and use that colour in their writing. It's a bit similar in reason to the first option I'd chosen in that it has something to do with my wanting to stand out a bit. And because I've long since tired of conventional pen ink colours, of course— I almost always used brown-inked gel pens prior to my adopting fountain pens.

 

Lastly... I just recently updated my profile, and it recounts my first experience with fountain pens. My grandfather had three Sheaffer Imperial desk pens laying around, one of which I ruined (I hate recalling that memory >.<;;). I'm fairly close to my grandpa, but I rarely get to see him anymore. I'd seen those selfsame three pens just days before I took the plunge and bought my first fountain pen. Naturally, it was a Sheaffer :)

"The price of an object should not only be what you had to pay for it, but also what you've had to sacrifice in order to obtain it." - <i>The Wisdom of The Internet</i><p class='bbc_center'><center><img src="http://i59.tinypic.com/jr4g43.jpg"/></center>

Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't use FP to seem "cool" or appear a certain way to others, and it looks like I don't really fit into any of the categories (though I do like the wide range of colors). I use FPs simply because they give me a weird sort of satisfaction - I can appreciate the tradition behind the pen and the engineering that goes into the design. I can geek out.

 

.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I used them because I like them.

My Collection: Montblanc Writers Edition: Hemingway, Christie, Wilde, Voltaire, Dumas, Dostoevsky, Poe, Proust, Schiller, Dickens, Fitzgerald (set), Verne, Kafka, Cervantes, Woolf, Faulkner, Shaw, Mann, Twain, Collodi, Swift, Balzac, Defoe, Tolstoy, Shakespeare, Saint-Exupery, Homer & Kipling. Montblanc Einstein (3,000) FP. Montblanc Heritage 1912 Resin FP. Montblanc Starwalker Resin: FP/BP/MP. Montblanc Traveller FP.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I do not think it is cool to use a fountain pen. There are certain drawbacks of using actually. However, the line variation and the way to write is something a modern pen can not provide.

Do not pray for easy lives, pray to be stronger men.../JFK

Link to post
Share on other sites

I just prefer it to any other writing instrument; when you're taught to write with one as a youngstar, suddenly having to apply pressure to write mucks up my handwriting. Anything from my silent glass like Pelikan, my singing Cross Spire or my humble beat up Kaweco. It's all good. (Plus, they don't make a stub ballpoint.)

 

Also the huge array of inks to choose from. Never have I been so protective of something as trivial as my two bottles of Penman Emerald.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I enjoy seeing the ink dry as I form new letters, love the varieties of color and line variation possible, and like the tie back to simpler times. They just make writing a pleasure rather than a chore.

PAKMAN

minibanner.gif                                    Vanness-world-final.png.c1b120b90855ce70a8fd70dd342ebc00.png

                                                 My Favorite Pen Restorer                                 My Favorite Brick and Mortar Store

                                                                                                                                Vanness Pens - Now selling Online!

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

The common perception is "posh", but what do people think of them, personally?

 

 

 

Did someone actually say that? Were they old enough to know what POSH stands for?

 

My Website

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

They work better than most ballpoints or rollerballs, the finished product of writing looks better, you can get varieties of line, a fountain pen does look better IMO and I have different pens for different reasons and moods.

Link to post
Share on other sites
ethernautrix

I like writing with fountain pens.

 

I have always noticed pens and how I liked writing with them. When I was eight years old, I could tell which of three ostensibly identical Bic medium blue ballpoints was my favorite.

 

What can explain that? That's my answer.

_________________

etherX in To Miasto

Fleekair <--French accent.

Link to post
Share on other sites
queenofpens

First, I'm old enough to have attended elementary school in one of the last US school systems that required students to learn to use a fountain pen (it was a particularly conservative part of the country). And even they dropped the requirement between me and my younger sister, 3 years behind me in school.

 

Second, having learned it, I never managed to make a successful transition to ball points, rollerballs, or gel pens.

 

Third, even when I was a lot younger, for too many reasons to go into, I had intermittent problems with stiffness and pain or cramping in my hands and a well-adjusted fountain pen minimized hand problems - which was part of why I could never quite transition to other types of pens.

 

Fourth, I learned early that the easy writing of good fountain pens, with lots of different colors of ink, and different colors and feel of pens, stimulated both retention of info and creative thought - which have been important processes both for my career and my avocations. Sometime, just switching which pen I'm holding gives better results on a problem I'm pondering.

 

Fifth, I like the pretty colors of ink.

 

Sixth, I like pretty pens.

 

Seventh, I don't like the waste of throwaway things.

 

I may come up with more after a while, but that's a good start.

Edited by queenofpens
Link to post
Share on other sites

Two reasons:

 

1. It takes me back to an earlier time in my life. Maybe a better time, but certainly a time I remember with great pleasure.

 

2. it is very satisfying to do sometthing (writing) in a way that make the task so much more pleasant, both the physical act, and the results on the paper, and

 

3. (ok, arithmatic is not my strong suit) Writing with a FP is just one of many ways I communicate. But I enjoy the idea that I am using a technology which is certainly out dated yet works perfectly well now, and likely will for the forseeable future.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I had to choose other.

 

Ok, a nice italic does wonders for your penmanship, but my handwriting was quite okay with a BP, fineliner or pencil (hate rollerballs). And I don't do calligraphy as such, although I give an effort to write with a good hand...

Ok, there are thousands of inks to choose, but in the end I come back to the major blue-blacks.

I can write with pressure no problem, but I like the pen gliding over the paper on it's own weight.

Tradition? phah, I love my computers. And I have an E-reader.

Posh? I give a hoot how I look.

Tired of donating? but Bic is owning some of the FP companies.....

I DID start out, as a teen with granddad's pen, but that is not the reason.

 

I miss the option that they are just plain fun.

 

D.ick

~

KEEP SAFE, WEAR A MASK, KEEP A DISTANCE.

Freedom exists by virtue of self limitation.

~

 

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
GabrielleDuVent

 

 

Did someone actually say that? Were they old enough to know what POSH stands for?

 

Posh is still used often in England.

 

My partner said today: "the wine was quite posh, but the cheese wasn't".

I had to choose other.

 

Ok, a nice italic does wonders for your penmanship, but my handwriting was quite okay with a BP, fineliner or pencil (hate rollerballs). And I don't do calligraphy as such, although I give an effort to write with a good hand...

Ok, there are thousands of inks to choose, but in the end I come back to the major blue-blacks.

I can write with pressure no problem, but I like the pen gliding over the paper on it's own weight.

Tradition? phah, I love my computers. And I have an E-reader.

Posh? I give a hoot how I look.

Tired of donating? but Bic is owning some of the FP companies.....

I DID start out, as a teen with granddad's pen, but that is not the reason.

 

I miss the option that they are just plain fun.

 

D.ick

 

I didn't include the "fun" option because I found those kind of classifications overall too vague. There are many reasons something can be fun, and I wanted to know those reasons.

 

Thanks to everyone who responded, and keep those responses coming!

Tes rires retroussés comme à son bord la rose,


Effacent mon dépit de ta métamorphose;


Tu t'éveilles, alors le rêve est oublié.



-Jean Cocteau, from Plaint-Chant, 1923

Link to post
Share on other sites
doggonecarl

I'm a bit of a retrophiliac. There is just something cool about things from the past. I use a stove top percolator, shave with a double-edged safety razor. Even writing seems to belong in an earlier era.

 

Certainly today's fountain pens could be considered "modern" especially with the use of materials and manufacturing processes. But fountain pens are suggestive of the past, and I like that.

Edited by doggonecarl
Link to post
Share on other sites
CharlieTurtle

1. Because it's the most comfortable to write with

 

2. It stops people pinching my pens - they wouldn't know how to hold a FP.

You can spot a writer a mile off, they're the ones meandering in the wrong direction muttering to themselves and almost walking into every second lamppost.

Link to post
Share on other sites

For all the reasons given and a sense of history and/or future. Sustainability. Variability. Whimsy.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now


  • Most Contributions

    1. amberleadavis
      amberleadavis
      37512
    2. PAKMAN
      PAKMAN
      30233
    3. Ghost Plane
      Ghost Plane
      28220
    4. jar
      jar
      26101
    5. wimg
      wimg
      25570
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Comments

    • A Smug Dill
      Even so, you'd end up with a fragmented list, and it becomes an O(N²) process for each prospective requestor to check what is available: effectively recreate the list of currently active servers (without any reliable up-to-date info upfront about the inks and number of samples on offer in the thread) from the sequential list of posts, which may be spread over two or even more pages, and then query each server independently to check what is currently on offer.   It comes down to not hav
    • LizEF
      If one wanted to do this, one could just use the "About Me" field which appears to be unlimited in size.  And if a bunch of people wanted to cooperate, the Member Title field (or signature) could be used to this end - "Ink Giver" (or some such) could be used by those with inks to give...  No software edits required.
    • Arkanabar
      I suppose the update issue could be mitigated.  One would post a link in signature, to the particular part of your profile where you list the inks that you're willing to post samples to others, gratis.  But looking at profiles, I suspect that would require an edit to the board's software, potentially a nontrivial task.
    • A Smug Dill
      I read your idea as getting willing givers to publicly register as members of a set of heterogenous servers, in a system in which a client would explicitly select an available server from a list, to which he/she will then send a request privately and asynchronously. Request handling in the system is unmanaged, and individual requests are handled by the targeted servers completely independently on each other. I think the model is fine, although there are some operational concerns you may want to
    • Daneaxe
      First thought on the method/system of ink sharing: Think the best way, to begin with, is to follow the way of the US thread: offer up a (small) list of inks you are willing to PIF, to whoever expresses interest. Write clearly in the "mission statement" how it works, with a tiny "quid pro quo" that even a struggling student can comply with, i.e. post your opinion and a writing sample, with option of a full review if desired.   So yours truly might say: "I'm offering up samples of D
  • Chatbox

    You don't have permission to chat.
    Load More
  • Expiring Soon

    • By benbot517
      51 years and 5 months
    • By benbot517
      51 years and 5 months
    • By benbot517
      51 years and 5 months
    • By Okami
      51 years and 5 months
    • By Okami
      51 years and 5 months
  • Random Adverts

  • Files

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. ajdini
      ajdini
      (32 years old)
    2. baringel1
      baringel1
      (56 years old)
    3. burritosdaily
      burritosdaily
      (44 years old)
    4. bushellk
      bushellk
      (58 years old)
    5. csfontenot
      csfontenot
      (42 years old)





×
×
  • Create New...