Friday, March 25, 2016

Why I write with a fountain pen





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11 comments:

Luciano said...

Ok you have convinced me..i am going to buy one

Chloe said...

Bother you Hilary! Now I have to get one!

Maria said...

I absolutely loved the lighting of this vid, and the close up shots of the nib flexing, and the ink, wet and shining slightly before it sinks into that gorgeous paper. I have written primarily with fountain pens since I was fifteen, and the little private school I attended required them. My current pen of choice is a rather fine little vintage Shaeffer Tuckaway, with a fine nib, and with very dark blue-black ink when I can find it. This just reminded me how much I enjoy the experience of writing with real pen and ink. Thank you!

Gervase Crouchback said...

love to have one again but my luck i would make a mess

Anonymous said...

My husband uses a dip pen and inkwell for formal correspondence. A fountain pen is used for more mundane tasks.

Watching this video has whet my appetite...I might just get one.

Lydia

Bill said...

I too was bitten by the bug. I looked up the pen in the video (a Namiki Falcon) on Amazon. $153! So I marched down to the local Walgreens and picked a $5 Zebra fountain pen. I knew there would be no comparison but I just wanted something to play with. I didn't expect it to be good but I did expect it to actually dispense ink. No such luck. I looked it up on Amazon as well and saw dozens of negative reviews detailing the same experience I had. I tried all the tricks they suggested but the only way to get ink out of it was to turn the nib over and write upside down (!) which of course produced a pretty lousy line. I tried contacting the company (twice) and got no response so I went back to Walgreens with my well-rehearsed speech ready to go. They were happy to refund my money but didn't care a whit about my complaints which left me a little deflated. So now I've got this whole writing-beautifully-with-a-fountain-pen thing out of my system. Thanks Hilary!

gsk said...

I do write with one, and was ready to share this video with the artists in my family -- but was put off by the Ayn Rand quote at the end. Pffft.

Hilary White said...

I got a nice German pen with three sizes of nib and a refillable cartridge for 45 Euros a while back. Nothing wrong with it.

Matt K said...

That's what I thought my writing would look like when I switched to using a fountain pen. Then reality showed up. I still love using them, although I don't have any as flexible as that particular Namiki (with a modified gold nib, no less). I'm still holding out hope that the lack of a super-flexible nib is the reason why my writing doesn't look exactly like that.

Currently using a TWSBI 580 with Noodler's 54th Massachusetts.

Anonymous said...

Hello Hillary,

I really enjoyed this post in its entirety including all ten minutes of the video.
Your article, "The Chronicles of Norcia: Home", in the print issue of the Remnant
was so appreciated that I plan to send it to my Son-in-Law who was born in
Como.

Thank you!
JD

saeculustra said...

that's the best damn video on youtube.