I have not used a fountain pen for a long time, but I guess it still remains its special position in market. Some fountains in selling are really classical and really expensive, and kinda are used as meaningful gift many times. However, it is true that fewer and fewer people use them in present days.
Fountain pens, dip pens, quills, straw-and-ink... All these old fashioned methods of writing are incredibly romantic as it were and I'd love to say I used them still today. In fact, if I could then I would. But the fact is, despite being a full time writer by trade, I have never had the knack for holding a fountain pen right. The writing always ends up with blobs here, dribbles there and nothing somewhere. My hand writing is atrocious at the best of times with a ballpoint pen, and a fountain pen just makes this worse. Wish I could. 'Fraid I can't. Therefore I don't.
I have a Waterman in a lovely blue case, which was a gift from a group of writing students. It's not totally authentic, though - it uses cartridges. But that suits me, actually. I'm not purist enough to want to fill a fountain pen from a bottle of ink.
I love the romantic idea of writing with my Waterman. But when I do use it in my journal, I find it scratchy and it slows me down. I'm also annoyed when the ink skips while forming letters. I love my handwriting to flow, so after using the Waterman I always end up going back to a ballpoint pen from the supermarket. Sad, but true.
ashish04joshi - That's exactly why I keep trying to use my Waterman, from time to time. Because it was a special gift. I wish I had more pleasure from using it. Your reply has encouraged me not to judge all fountain pens from my Waterman experience.
At one point in time I used a fountain pen to sign my name on letters and other documents. I felt that it left an elegant and classy touch to something that was otherwise normally mundane. I even wrote notes for my then girlfriend with a fountain pen. Once I ran out of my ten pack of ink cartridges, I decided I was fine going back to signing documents with gel-ink pens. I also took a calligraphy class in college, but haven't done anything with what I learned since then. However, since you posted this question, you've got me thinking.......
I use several "favorite" fountain pens for personal correspondence, such as "thank You" notes or letters of condolence, because these are very personal expressions and cursive writing with a fountain pen is unique, personal and as expressive as you wish. Yes, fountain pens require a bit more care, but they are worth the effort. I find I write best when I am relaxed and unhurried, but those with whom I correspond appreciate a handwritten letter.
Far better writers than you'll ever be write their PUBLISHED novels with fountain pens, cupcake: Neal Stephenson starting writing with fountain pens with The Baroque Cycle and has not used a word processor for writing since. He also edits his work with a fountain pen. Starting with Stardust, Neal Gaiman has written all of his novels with a fountain pen. Jonathan Carroll writes all of his novels with fountain pens. Stephen King wrote Dreamcatcher with a fountain pen. Claire Jessud writes her novels with fountain pen. Shelby Foote wrote all of his Civil War histories with a dip pen.
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