Last updated on July 12, 2023
Since I finished my last Fountain Pen 301 post in October of 2018, I’ve written several updates to the different installments. To make life easier for those looking for a “one-stop-shop” I’m collecting all of the posts here. I’m also including some informational posts I’ve since written that aren’t updates to the original series. I hope it serves as a good resource for many.
I plan to keep this page updated if/when I write future updates or related posts. You can also access this page from the Fountain Pen Series link on my Tags by Category page.
My blog is not monetized, nor do I currently have any intention of monetizing it. So, point people here for information. To make it easier for you, I’ve shortened the page link for better sharing: https://bit.ly/fp-series-update. In the various installments, I link to resources from all over, including Goulet Pen Co, Jet Pens, Pentorium, Nibs.com, Vintage Pen, and quite a few more.
Now, enough preamble, time for the round up.
- Why Fountain Pens
Why should you use fountain pens? Check out the benefits and detriments.
- Anatomy of a Pen
The basic anatomy of a fountain pen.
- Where to Start (with Pens)
The best pens (in my opinion) with which to start your fountain pen journey.
Update 1: Pen Opinions Change
Update 2: Another “Step Up” Pen
An introduction to nibs, including sizes; materials; and flex, fude, and music nibs.
An overview of ink, including brands and commonly discussed properties.
Update: An Underrated Ink
- Ink Reservoirs
An overview of ink reservoirs in pens and my ratings of their capacity and ease of cleaning.
- Cleaning & Filling
The joys of pen cleaning!! ← Sarcasm.
“Good” and “bad” paper and mini reviews of various notebooks I’ve tried.
Update 1: Franklin-Christoph Firma Flex Notebook
Update 2: Unseating the Firma Flex Notebook?
The benefits of brick and mortar stores, and a crowd-sourced world map of stores that carry fountain pens.
- Pen Shows
Learn about fountain pen shows and check out the international list of shows I know about.
- Indie Pen Makers
Learn about indie pen makers, including a list of indie makers I know about.
Update: Indie Pen Makers Update
- Nib Customization
Learn about nib customizations, from the simple to the complex.
The benefits of keeping an inventory of your pen and ink collection.
Update: Inventory Method Update
- Ink Swab Catalog
“Fan requested” post covering my ink swabbing methods.
Update 1: Ink Catalog Update
Update 2: Ink Trading Cards
The fabulous fountain pen community.
- Secondhand and Vintage
Things to know when buying secondhand and vintage pens.
- Selling Pens
Things to know when selling pens.
Additional Info: Deciding Which Pens to Sell
- DIY Nib Work
How to get started with DIY nib work.
- Pen Making
How to get started with making pen bodies.
- Pen Cases
How to get started with making your own pen cases.