For many of us, we’ve experienced writing with a fountain pen at least once in our lives, whether at school or in the office. Although, fountain pens have a stigma attached to them that they’re a posh alternative to a ball-point pen (which isn’t wrong). But in response to this stigma, there has been an upcoming trend towards the traditional craft of handwriting with a fountain pen as people are realising it’s a unique and premium tool to use.
A lot of us would rather stick with a ball-point pen, although we have put together 5 big reasons why you should consider a fountain pen:
1. It’s a statement
When we think of a fountain pen, we automatically think of it being a status accessory as it’s no longer seen as a standard writing tool for everyday use. Other contributing factors such as email and text have also eliminated a lot of use for the fountain pen. Although, there is still a chance to try and bring it back into the everyday office by using it for signing off important documents for example. Besides, if you can show off with a pen to your colleagues, why not? (it’s the little things)
2. It captures history
Using a fountain pen automatically gives you a sense of history, considering they were a tool used quite often before the digital world took over. Taking the time to write a letter using a fountain pen is a relaxing and tactile process, which is completely opposite to texting or emailing. A lot of us would rather quickly sign our names with a generic ball-point pen, although this takes away the feeling of history whilst signing our names in pen and ink.
3. Long-term tool
How many ball-point pens have you lost or broken? For many of us, we go through endless ball-point pens without even realising. Fountain pens, on the other hand, can last for decades if looked after well. Although you have to buy ink cartridges for them, they can be very cheap and are available in multiple colours – giving you the same satisfaction as a simple generic ball-point pen.
4. It feels luxurious
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of writing with a fountain pen, you’ll know that it can be very calm and weirdly satisfying. Whilst we can’t argue that ball-point pens are indeed an ideal and simple pen to use, they don’t give you the same effect that a fountain pen does. You can achieve many types of writing styles by adapting your choice of nib, hold and angle of the pen – something a ball-point can’t do.
5. Improves handwriting
Yes, using a fountain pen can be slow and time-consuming. But writing at a slow pace can actually improve your handwriting because you are concentrating more on what is being written and how you are writing it. It is maybe not practical for writing an essay or for taking notes in a meeting, but they are definitely recommended for the more detailed and important documents that need clear handwriting.