The first Friday in November is celebrated as Fountain Pen Day. It is a day to celebrate, embrace, promote, and share the use of fountain pens.
This year I’m going international. The two pens I have currently inked are from China and Pakistan respectively.
The former is a Kaco Edge made in Shanghai. It is a smooth writer, feels good in the hand, and remind me of a Lamy 2000. The only downside is that the clip is so tight that it is hard to fit in your shirt pocket. It is available on Amazon for $17.50 and does come with a converter.
The latter is a Dollar i717 demonstrator (clear) pen made in Pakistan. I picked up a dozen of them for about $15 on EBay. It is a piston filler that starts right away. Fountain pens often are hard to get the ink flowing if they’ve sat for a day or two. I have given away a number of these pens to fellow fountain pen geeks. You can read a review of it here.
5 thoughts on “Fountain Pen Day 2019”
Sorta like celebrating National Washboard Day.
I commented on this yesterday in a forum:
I think the VNRA is doomed.
If you read the dueling Ack-Mac/NRA filings, they boil down to:
NRA: We incompetently left Ack-Mac without adult supervision, and they treated us as their personal cow to be milked.
Ak-Mac: LaPierre et al treated NRA as their personal cow to be milked, used us as the hired hand, and is blaming us because the cow’s going dry.
If either one of them, or both, is only telling a fraction of the truth, the VNRA has become such a toxic asset that no honorable and competent person should be willing to lake on the liabilities, and legal responsibility.
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Jeff, you are 100% wrong. Fountain pens are so much nicer to write with than ballpoints. I am a high school teacher and I always use a fountain pen. I’ve had students ask if they could try it and they all love it when they do. I’ve had several students go and buy fountain pens afterwards.
I currently have a Levenger Truewriter Classic as well as a Cross that I picked up on sale from Office Depot. I much prefer the Levenger as it has a finer nib and the Cross nibs aren’t replaceable. I am planning on order another one or two for Christmas this year for different colored inks.
No, I’m not 100% wrong. We may be in disagreement. There is a difference. Forty years ago I wrote a good bit with fountain pens. I still think they are neat and useful. Same thing with washboards. But I no longer use either because I’m more interested in practicality, ease of use, and effectiveness than I am in using something “neat.” I have inkwells too. But I don’t use ’em.
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