Using Fountain Pens For Notetaking – Wut?
I have several fountain pens, and have
just recently gifted one of my trial ones to a friend. You know who
you are *cough*@tenalach*cough*. I like them for the obvious aesthetic
reason, the wide selection of inks and numerous other little things
for personal use… but I had always thought they were not very
practical for everyday use. However, unless you’re getting some rare
edition several hundred (or thousand) dollar pen… there are a lot
of practical pointers, reasons and facts that make them a great
- Expensive..not really: The lowest price entry I know of is the Platinum Preppy fountain pen which writes very nicely and costs around $3.00 US. Its refills are easy to use and come in a variety of colours. It’s a great introductory pen and comes in a variety of sizes. Ink is something that is fairly cheap as well, especially if you have a converter, but most cartridge models are inexpensive if you use a medium or fine nibbed pen
2. Ink comes in every colour and variety of writing experience you can think of. Want a quick drying ink that shades from yellow to deep brown? Noodler has your back. Want something that shines with glitter? We got you covered, in multiple colours over several brands. Want something basic that dries quickly but you can still use with your fancy new pen? No prob, Bob.
Fast drying: Pilot Black/Blue
Eye-bleedingly bright pink:
Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Pink
3. It reduces hand fatigue. I originally got into using them because of my fibromyalgia and the pain that I get after a very short time with regular pens. Some gel pens are okay, I’m a big fan of Pilot, but it’s really hard for me to write any length of time with most utensils. I like to handwrite notes, letters, grocery lists, ect. A good fountain pen won’t cause the same sort of pain and fatigue.
4. It’s fun. I write more than I used to. My handwriting has drastically improved. I finally found a pen that I love, as well as several inks that really suit my personality. I’ve learned the sheer pleasure in high quality (not always that more expensive either) paper. I pay more attention and recall things I write better because I’m enjoying the experience.
Suggested Pens by $$$
$ Platinum Preppy, Pilot Varsity
$ 10-20 Pilot Kakuno, Pilot Metropolitan
$ 20-40 Lamy series, Pilot Prera
$40-60 TWSBI 580AL (this is muh baby,
but even the EF is kind of thick compared to Japanese fountain pens).
*I am partial to Pilot products, but
they also lay down just about the thinnest line you’re going to get
with their EF nibs which make them superior for notetaking imo. The
ink is very fast drying. However, you’re restricted in color
selections unless you buy a converter, which not all models take. The
TWSBI 580AL can use any water-based ink you can find since it doesn’t
Fountain pen ink is water-based. Some have more pigmentation than others, and thus are resistant to liquids spilled on them. You have to do your research.
Japanese pens write finer than
most other styles. This is a pro or a con depending on what you are
Lamy pens have a very strangely
shaped grip section that helps you learn to hold a fountain pen
correctly. Some people like it, some people hate it. They have a
nice variety of cartridge ink though.
A Platinum Preppy is a good safe
bet for someone who just wants to mess around and see if they like
this type of writing instrument.. for $3.00 you’re getting a pen
that writes better than quite a few expensive models I’ve used. It
also has a ton of colors.
Gouletpens.com – Great company, great selection of ink, paper and pens. Carries from $-$$$$ priced pens. They’re a home grown company and I totally recommend supporting them if you can. They’re great! I always shop from them if they have what I’m looking for. However, they don’t have things like washi tape or stickers if that’s what you’re looking for. Any other purchase? Go with Goulet, seriously.
Jetpens.com – Tons of stationary of
all kinds. Cute stickers. Notebooks to fit just about any price
range. It’s all reasonably priced and they carry a variety of items
any student could use. They are my go-to company for cheap but high
quality products, especially stickers.