Most fountain pen users and connoisseurs passion is for their unique nature and personal writing style that is achieved with these special pens. Here are a few tips to help beginners enjoy the experience.
If you like to write small letters, less than 4mm, choose a fine nib which is about 0.6mm wide.
If you like to write large letters, more than 7mm, choose a broad nib which is about 1mm wide.
If you are unsure, perhaps choosing a medium nib which is about 0.7to 0.8mm might be your best choice. The medium nib is the most common.
Extra fine nibs and broader nibs are available and not all suppliers use the same sizing, so treat the above dimensions as a guide.
Stainless steel and gold are the main materials. Stainless steel nibs are a little stiffer than gold nibs. Other materials are used in up-market items.
Most good fountain pens allow you to change the nib, and as you learn to enjoy the writing experience, you may choose another sized nib.
Choose a fountain pen that feels comfortable to hold, if possible.
Choose the ink colour that suits you – there are many colour available, the most common being, black, blue, red and green. There are many hues in between these colours.
Write with the cap posted, so that if you accidentally drop the pen, the heavier cap end will likely hit the floor first.
When placing the fountain pen on a flat surface, like a table, lay it down with the cap on so that it does not roll away.
Carry a ballpoint pen so that any friend who needs to borrow a writing instrument does not need to use your fountain pen.
If you do lend the fountain pen to a friend, hold on the cap so that it is more likely be returned!
Replace the cap after use by attaching the cap when the fountain pen is in the upright position. (To cut the risk of ink leaking)
Store the pen with the nib end slightly up for the same reason.
Are travel may cause leaks. Travel with the pen full of ink or empty, so that the air pressure has less impact on the reservoir.
When choosing to store the pen for some time, clean first and refill with new ink when reusing. The acids in the ink may affect the metal parts of the pen, although with modern pens, this is less of a problem.
Rinse your precious pen with water (normal temperature water) about once a month to make sure that the ink flow mechanism has no build-up.
Choosing the fountain pen that suits you is important, as is the nib size and material. Then just a little care for your pen will give you many years excellent use.