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Frequently asked questions about fountain pens

April 22, 2022 2 min read

Frequently asked questions about fountain pens

Whether you are an expert in fountain pens, or just starting out in this fantastic world, certain questions are recurrent among users.

The essential thing to understand how a fountain pen works is to know its anatomy and components.

Frequently asked questions about fountain pens

WHAT ARE THE GROOVES IN THE FEEDER CHANNEL FOR?

The feeder channels the ink from the container to the nib. However, when the ink flows out of the reservoir, a vacuum is created, which, if not regularly filled with air, prevents the ink from continuing to flow. The ink flows down the grooves at the bottom of the feeder channel by capillary action, while the rest of the channel is easily filled with air.

Platinum Century

Feeder detail of Platinum Century nib, one of the best japanese nibs of the market.

WHY ARE THE CAPS VENTILATED?

The ventilation holes serve to prevent moisture condensation on the inside, while at the same time preventing the ink in the nib from drying out.

CAN A PEN WRITE UPWARDS?

Surprisingly enough, yes. A pen can write upwards, as long as there is ink in the feed channels.

WHAT ARE THE WINGS UNDER THE NIB FOR?

The wings regulate the ink flow since it can vary depending on, for example, temperature, cleanliness of the ducts or the way of writing. They collect the excess, preventing dripping and supplying ink when it is scarce.

Aurora 88

Aurora 88 wing

OF WHAT MATERIAL WAS THE FIRST FOUNTAIN PEN MADE OF?

The first prototype was made from the radius of a wheel in 1833 by Lewis Edson Waterman. More information can be found in the entry on History of handwriting.

WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO HOLD A FOUNTAIN PEN?

The most important thing to know is that it should be at a comfortable angle for your writing style. Ideally, the tip should receive even pressure to avoid the risk of splitting. In a short time, the malleable properties of the nib tip will allow it to adapt to your writing style.

For this reason, it is best used by one person only. If you wish to give your fountain pen to someone as a gift, we recommend that you install a new nib.

Montegrappa zero zodiac pisces

Montegrappa Zero Zodiac Pisces




If you require more information or if you would like to place an order, please do not hesitate to contact us or visit our store in Madrid, at Nuñez de Balboa 90.
We will be pleased to help you.


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