How To Polish A Fountain Pen Nib

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If you ever start using or collecting vintage fountain pens, chances are you’ll end up with a nib that is no longer shiny. While it may still work just fine, wouldn’t it be nice if it looked good, too? I’ve got a very simple trick that you can use to shine up almost any gold nib that has seen better … Read More

Fountain Pen Friendly Notebooks – A Big Roundup

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If you’re looking for fountain pen friendly notebooks, the choices can be pretty overwhelming. I’m not just talking about options like lined versus grid paper. I’m talking about the sheer number of manufacturers who are making amazing notebooks these days. And it’s not just one per manufacturer! Some companies like Life have many different options available. How are you supposed … Read More

What’s The Best Fountain Pen For Beginners?

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If you’re buying your first fountain pen, the options can be pretty overwhelming. Fear not, dear reader. I’ve rounded up some of the most popular fountain pens for beginners and have had people with little or no fountain pen experience test them out. In this article I’ll discuss some of the most popular pens that are usually recommended for your … Read More

Valentine’s Day Giveaway – Lamy Vibrant Pink Fountain Pen Ink

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Valentine’s Day might bring many different things to mind like love, hearts, roses, and chocolates. And if you had to choose one color to associate with Valentine’s Day, it would probably be pink, right? Well, even if you don’t have a Valentine (or can’t stand the holiday like some people I know), I’m here to try and make your Valentine’s … Read More

What’s the Difference Between Ink Feathering, Bleeding and Ghosting?

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You may have heard the terms “feathering”, “bleeding”, and “ghosting” before and wondered what they meant. They all refer to how ink interacts with paper. Of course, you’ll probably remember that with fountain pens there are three things that matter: the pen you use, the ink you use, and the paper you use. So while feathering, bleeding, and ghosting all … Read More

How To Use Your Fountain Pens More Often

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Many people who collect fountain pens sometimes have trouble using them as often as they would like. If you are not a student or in a profession that requires you to write very often, you might struggle to use your pens at all! In this series of articles I want to make some suggestions that should help you use your … Read More

How To Photograph A Fountain Pen: Light (Part 1)

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Many people enjoy using fountain pens not only because they are a pleasure to write with, but also because they are beautiful. Depending on the type of writing you do, sharing your writing with others may not always be possible. Fortunately, in today’s world of social media it couldn’t be easier to share images of your beloved pens. In this … Read More

Fountain Pen Paper Review – Life Bank Paper

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Life Bank Paper is a writing paper made by the Japanese paper manufacturer Life. While you may have heard of Life paper products, their Noble Note paper is generally what most people use and is found in the premium Life notebooks. I had never heard of the Bank Paper, so when I found it I was curious as to how … Read More