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 fountain pens more often.

How To Use Your Fountain Pens More Often

Write in a journal with a lamy fountain pen

Writing in a journal is a very popular way to use fountain pens.

One of the most popular ways to write more often is writing in journals. This article discusses different types of journals that you can write in.

Using Fountain Pens Pen Pal writing a letter

Writing to pen pals is a great reason to use your fountain pens!

A great way to add another dimension to using fountain pens is to use them while writing to penpals. Not only do you get to write more often, but you’ll also get to interact with other fountain pen users!

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Using your fountain pen in a card is a wonderful surprise for whoever receives it.

A year-round activity that allows you to use your fountain pens more often is writing holiday cards. People love receiving a thoughtful card and you’ll love sending them.

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I use this Rhodia notepad for shopping lists so I can tear them out and take them with me.

I end up using my fountain pens every single day to write lists. If you make it a habit, writing lists should allow you to use your pens on a regular basis.

Other Ways To Use Your Pens

sheaffer fountain pen doodle

Finding something that you enjoy drawing can be a great way to pass the time.

Of course, you don’t have to actually write words with your pens. You can also sketch or doodle with your fountain pens. While some people might draw actual images, others simply draw repeating patterns or shapes. It might take a while for you to find something that you enjoy doodling, but once you do you’ll find it’s a great way to feel your nib glide across paper, even when you don’t have anything to write.

Hi, my name is John. I’m a Colorado-born professional photographer who currently lives in San Francisco. I’ve been using and collecting fountain pens for over 20 years. I got my first one in college when I got bored taking notes with ballpoints and pencils. Since then I’ve bought and sold hundreds of pens, but have consistency in my love of Esterbrooks.

10 Comments on “How To Use Your Fountain Pens More Often”

  1. Yes! Drawing! I don’t leave home without my sketchbook and fountain pen. Two most important things in my EDC.

    1. Thanks Ged! That’s a really good suggestion. I was actually talking with someone the other day who said they were thinking of buying their first fountain pen specifically for drawing.

  2. I am very lucky. As a teacher I get to use my extensive collection of fountain pens many times every day.

    1. You are lucky! I’m sure you have many different pens inked up with different colors for different uses. I bet your students are intrigued by your use of fountain pens!

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