The Anatomy of a Fountain Pen

Every time I watch a video or read something about fountain pens (Yeah, I can be a bit of a geek sometimes), I feel I should brush up on my writing-instrument-vocabulary. I checked out this really good website called Goulet Pens and it has tons of information on fountain pens and how to take care of yours and which ones are better etc (Basically A LOT of really cool information) and I learned about the different parts of a fountain pen from here. So here it is- (a sketch version of what I earned)- I made a sketch of a fountain pen that clearly tells you what to call each part. Strangely, the nib, which is the smallest constituent of a fountain pen (though also the most important), has the most number of labeled parts!

My favorite fountain pen is the Lamy Safari (which you can also see in the sketch) and I always ask for these or other art supplies as gifts for any occasion. I will probably do a post on my Lamy pens and the different inks I use in each one of them. I plan on trying a Kaweco next but I haven’t heard too many great things about them. And a TWSBI perhaps. A bit about the name as stated on their website:

TWSBI’s name stands for the phrase “Hall of Three Cultures” or “San Wen Tong” in Chinese. The character “Wen” translates into language and culture. The phrase “San Wen Tong” also brings to mind the Hall of the Three Rare Treasures created by Emperor Qianlong as a memorial to three great masterpieces of Chinese calligraphy. The initials of the phrase “San Wen Tong” was reversed and thus turned into “TWS”. The last letters “Bi” was added with its literal meaning of “writing instruments”. Thus combining the two segments, creating TWSBI.

Have you tried out any fountain pens off late and loved or hated them? Do post a commet below and share your experience! Happy sketching! 🙂



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