Using a fountain pen may seem to be kind of old fashioned; However, some people can’t get enough of the retro feel and smooth flow of ink every time you stroke your fountain pen on a piece of paper. Many people tend to stick with it even though various kinds of writing tools are available. Aside from its ink mechanism, fountain pens are also more affordable compared to other pens since it’s refillable. This means that you can use it for much longer time unlike other disposable ball pens which can’t be used anymore once the ink has run out.
To fully use a fountain pen effectively, one must first understand its different components and the purpose of each. In basic terms, a fountain pen is composed of 3 main parts which are visible to everyone- the cap, nib and barrel. The Cap is the part you remove so the nib can be exposed. It can either be snapped on and off or screwed depending on your model of pen.
The pointed part where the ink comes out is called a nib. It can also be flat at times especially when it comes to the finer arts of using pens such as calligraphy. And lastly, the barrel covers the remaining parts of your pen. Once you’re able to familiarize yourself on this, it would definitely be easier to use a fountain pen. After familiarizing with the internal parts, it would also be helpful if you’d know its internal parts and the kind of ink reservoir it uses. Ink reservoirs can vary and generally come in three different variations. Piston converter, Cartridge and Ink bladder.
Once you have come to understand the purpose of each part, try to practice writing using your fountain pen. In holding the pen, you should decide whether to have the cap attached onto it while writing or remove it because it can affect the way you balance and control the pen. To write comfortably using the fountain pen, it would be better if you’d be able to hit the sweet spot where the nib’s tip dispenses ink smoothly because if not, the nib may feel scratchy and a little unpleasant. Like fingernails down a chalkboard.
Generally, learning how to write using a fountain pen isn’t that hard and confusing after all. It’s all about finding the sweet spot where the nib of your pen can smoothly dispense ink on the paper. However, what’s challenging is that you have to sustain writing on the sweet spot by controlling and balancing the whole pen so as to create the best handwriting possible. Now if you are someone who’s used to writing ball pens, learning how to write without any pressure would definitely be a great challenge for you as fountain pens aren’t intended for that. Just simply guide the pen using your arms, muscles and fingers and the ink will automatically come out. Also, keep the elevation and rotation of the pen constant. No need to push too hard just to make the ink of your writing darker. Doing this will only ruin the alignment of your nib so it’s not really advisable for you to put pressure while you’re writing on the surface of the paper. This is probably the hardest element of mastering a fountain pen.