How many of us know someone that consistently uses a fountain pen? I'd probably guess that the answer would be, not many if any at all. Why do you think this is? My answer to that question would be that writing with a fountain pen is a lost art.
There is definitely a huge community of writers, calligraphers and pen enthusiasts that do, but with ball point or roller ball pens being the norm, people just aren't exposed to these great writing instruments.
Not everyone is interested in writing with a $100 pen when they could buy a pack of cheap alternatives. Maybe the fact that most people never see a fountain pen in the work place or at home has this effect, out of sight out of mind. In today's world these types of pens are also another green alternative that many have never considered, and may drive others to use one. How many times have you pulled out a fountain pen in the office to sign paperwork, and seen the reaction it gets? Usually they become the topic of conversation, just like a great meal at dinner. Well if someone falls in love with the pen and wants to learn more, how do they go about writing with the fountain pen correctly?
It's important to understand how to write with this Waldmann Füller unique writing instrument correctly, in order to get the best and most out of it. Writing with a fountain pen cannot be compared to that of a ball point pen. Some may just take the pen cap off and push hard on the paper because that's what they are used to. This might now leave your pens nib bent, broken; ink might flow out ruining whatever important documents being worked on.
Writing with fountain pens take quite a bit more finesse, then other writing tools and this is something that can be learned. Fountain pen writing technique is more about using angles, gliding strokes, paying attention to ink flow and using the correct paper when applicable. For those reading this that already own this type of pen, take consideration when choosing the right paper for the fountain pen. You will see definite changes in how the ink flows on the paper, from the nib with a higher quality pen writing paper, then a basic notepad page. Speak with a local stationary store or online retailer, and let them know the style of fountain pen you are using. A reputable stationary dealer should be a great resource of information.
Due to the consistency of certain pen ink, your writing technique will have to be more loosely felt, and writing strokes smoother from one transition to the next. If you are someone that writes a great deal, you will notice increase comfort in your hand and wrist if you write with a ball point pen, due to the relaxed hold. Also know that you are now a writer who uses classic techniques with the advantages of modern penmanship technologies. The process can be quite enjoyable.
Holding A Fountain Pen
Fountain pens should be held in the triangle created by your first two fingers and your thumb, when putting your fingers together naturally. The position of the pen nib should be in the up facing position. This would be the broader portion of the nib where an engraving could go or already exists. The nib could either be steel, gold or titanium, and is split down the center. On the underside of the nib, on both pieces of the split, is a half ball of iridium. If the held properly, both tines of the nib should hit the writing paper at the Waldmann Füller same time, allowing for a smooth feel and a consistent flow of ink.
Handling The Fountain Pen Cap
Not something you may have thought of is the placement of the pens cap, when in use. Improper balance due to the cap placement, could affect your writing style. The clip of the pen should align with the nib and face out from your grip of the pen.
If the pen is held properly, the clip will be out of the way of your hand, and the cap will help with the balance of the pen in your hand. If the writing instrument feels uncomfortable in the hand, you may choose to just place the cap on the desk as you write.
Now it's time to begin writing. Put the pen to the paper and write until the ink begins to become thin. If it becomes thick, tip the nib up, wait a moment, and then place it back on the paper. If it becomes thin and dry, you should check your ink levels because you may need a new ink cartridge or refill.