Most fountain pen users and connoisseurs admire their unique nature and personal writing style, which is achieved with these special pens. Here are some tips to help beginners enjoy this experience.
If you like to write small letters, less than 4 mm, choose a thin pen about 0.6 mm wide.
If you like to write capital letters, more than 7 mm, choose a wide pen about 1 mm wide.
If you are unsure, then perhaps the best choice would be a medium pen size from 0.7 to 0.8 mm. The middle pen is the most common.
Additional thinner and wider feathers are available, and not all vendors use the same sizes, so consider the above sizes as a guide.
Stainless steel and gold are the main materials. Stainless steel feathers are a little stiffer than gold. Other materials are used in luxury goods.
Most good fountain pens allow you to change the pen, and if you learn to enjoy writing, you can choose a pen of a different size.
Choose a fountain pen that is comfortable to hold if possible.
Choose the color of ink that suits you – there are many colors, the most common are black, blue, red and green. Between these colors are many shades.
Write with a cap so that if you accidentally drop the pen, the heavier end of the cap will most likely fall to the floor first.
Laying the pen on a flat surface, such as a table, place it with the cap covered so that it does not roll back.
Have a ballpoint pen with you so that any friend who needs to borrow a writing instrument doesn’t have to use your fountain pen.
If you lend a pen to a friend, hold on to the cap to get it back soon!
Replace the cap after use by attaching the cap when the fountain pen is upright. (To reduce the risk of ink leakage)
For the same reason, keep the handle tip slightly up.
Travel can cause leaks. Travel with a pen full of ink or blank so that the air pressure has less of an effect on the tank.
If you decide to keep the pen for a while, first clean it and refill it with new ink when reused. Acids in the ink can affect the metal parts of the pen, although with modern pens this is less of a problem.
Rinse your precious pen with water (water of normal temperature) about once a month to make sure there is no accumulation in the ink flow mechanism.
It is important to choose the right pen for you, as well as the size and material of the tip. Then just a little care of your pen will give you many years of great use.