August 25, 2015 - Posted by Ryan to Guides, Fountain Pens

Guide to Choosing a Fountain Pen

For over half a century after the first modern fountain pen was created by Lewis Waterman in 1884, fountain pens were used for writing everything from grocery lists to historic treaties. Even in the age of ballpoint pens and word processors, fountain pens retain an undeniable allure. Read on to learn the important things to consider when choosing a fountain pen, or jump ahead to see our specific fountain pen recommendations.

August 11, 2015 - Posted by Ryan to Guides

Our Favorite Notebooks for Fountain Pen Use

A world class dancer needs a partner of equal measure to perform at the highest level, and a fountain pen deserves no less in the notebook it is paired with. In this post, we'll cover the things to consider when choosing a notebook for use with your fountain pen and provide some specific recommendations that will bring out its very best.

(For a more in-depth guide to what makes paper good or bad for fountain pen use, check out our Fountain Pen Paper Recommendations.)

August 4, 2015 - Posted by Heidi to Guides

Guide to Drawing Inks

Walk into any artist's studio, and you're sure to find a bottle or two of drawing ink. Inks are an invaluable tool to artists, due to their dark color, permanence, and their versatility and compatibility with a wide variety of drawing tools. But inks are not limited to professionals: students, hobbyists, and even those who just enjoy the feel of using ink straight from the bottle all can enjoy a good bottle of drawing ink.

July 28, 2015 - Posted by Ryan to Guides

In the age of computer-aided design software, drafting by hand may be turning into a lost art, but drafting pencils are still as popular as ever. Designed to stand up to the rigors of heavy-duty, professional use, they are a favorite among artists, designers, and anyone who values quality and reliability in their writing instruments. Let's explore the main characteristics of drafting pencils and take a look at some of our favorites.

Many fountain pen issues can be solved with a good cleaning, but some will require a slightly more advanced solution. If your fountain pen is scratchy, inconsistent, or just not writing quite the way you'd like, and if cleaning it hasn't solved the issue, read on for some more advanced tips and tricks.

Before attempting to tune a fountain pen, it helps to understand the basics of how they work. If you're new to fountain pens, check out How Fountain Pens Work.