Fountain pens draw attention from all four corners of the world with their enchanting body designs, elegant shapes, and beautiful nibs. But lying at the heart of every pen, beneath all the outward glamor and fame, is the integral filling mechanism that gives life to its very body. Though not always readily visible, fountain pen experts know how valuable a quality filling mechanism is. It determines how long the ink will last between refills and the breadth of inks that are available. For this very reason, there has been such excitement surrounding the release of the compact Kaweco Limited Edition Combimatic Celluloid fountain pen with its piston filling mechanism.
Some may call it splurging but we think of it as investing. Kaweco has recently unveiled their latest limited edition fountain pen gift set: the Kaweco Eyedropper 1910 Fountain Pen with Luxury Gift Box - Limited Edition. It is one for the ages and, with only approximately 800 pieces in circulation, a precious commodity. Discover the historical origins of the pen to appreciate why its vintage elegance was brought back from 1910.
While ballpoint pens write equally well from most angles and positions, fountain pens require a certain touch. The ink flows more easily if you hit the pen’s “sweet spot”, the pen feels more balanced in your hand with the cap posted, and everything seems to flow better from a lower angle. Once you find that flow, writing should become natural, fluid, and almost effortless.
In this article, we’ll show you the optimal way to hold and write with a fountain pen, but ultimately it comes down to what works for you. If you’re comfortable holding the pen in a grip that’s slightly different from what’s recommended, and the pen is still writing smoothly, don’t worry about it too much. However, if you’re having difficulty writing smoothly or comfortably, try making some of the adjustments suggested below.