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Fountain Pens 101

And now for something slightly different – Fountain Pens 101 – Fountain Pens for Beginners.

What’s a fountain pen? It’s a pen – a writing instrument that uses liquid ink, applied directly to a writing surface via contact (and capillary action) – which has an integral, internal ink reservoir of one sort or another. They came into being around the turn of the last century, and some contend they had their heyday in the late 1940s. Today they’re seen as anachronistic throwbacks to yesteryear – obsolete, inconvenient, and expensive.

That’s not actually true – fountain pens don’t just survive today, they thrive, in part because they’re more affordable and more convenient to use than ever before.
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