Happy Fountain Pen Friday, everyone. This is it for my fountain pen series. I’ve had loads of fun writing this series, and I learned far more than I expected.
Before I say good-bye to this series for good, I want to wrap up the entire thing in one, easy-to-share page. So, if you know someone who’s curious about fountain pens or wants to learn more about them, share this link: http://bit.ly/rdlf-fpseries. You can get to all three sections’ issues from the links below. Thanks for reading!
- 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.
An introduction to nibs, including sizes; materials; and flex, fude, and music nibs.
An overview of ink, including brands and commonly discussed properties.
- 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.
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.
- Nib Customization
Learn about nib customizations, from the simple to the complex.
The benefits of keeping an inventory of your pen and ink collection.
- Ink Swab Catalog
“Fan requested” post covering my ink swabbing methods.
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.
- 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.