The Daily Giveaway – Contests In The World Of Fountain Pens

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You want some free stuff? I want some free stuff. Who doesn’t like free stuff? It seems like there are always multiple giveaways going on in the fountain pen community, especially around Fountain Pen Day (the first Friday in November). Here’s a rundown of all that are currently happening (that I know about). If you know of any that are … Read More

What Is Fountain Pen Ink Shading?

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One of the most basic and recognizable characteristics a fountain pen ink can have is shading. Shading can give your handwriting a great deal of character, regardless of which color of ink or style of nib you use. In this article I’ll explain what fountain pen ink shading is, show you some examples so you’ll know what it looks like … Read More

What Is Sheen In Fountain Pen Ink?

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It seems that the world of fountain pens has been taken over by sheen. Read any ink review or browse any online fountain pen community and you’ll frequently see sheen mentioned. So what is sheen in fountain pen ink? What does it look like and how does it happen? Do you have to have a special pen, ink or paper? … Read More

What Is A Fountain Pen Converter?

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Many fountain pens say that they take either ink cartridges or a converter, but what is a fountain pen converter and why would you want to use one? Which pens can you even use a converter with? Read on to find out these answers and many more. What Is A Fountain Pen Converter? A fountain pen converter is simply something … Read More

How To Refill A Fountain Pen Ink Cartridge

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One of the main disadvantages to using ink cartridges in your fountain pens is that you are very limited in which inks are available in cartridge form. Wouldn’t it be great if you could use any ink you want in a cartridge? I’ve got good news for you… you can! In this article, I’ll show you how you can refill … Read More

What Is Fountain Pen Ink?

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What makes fountain pen ink so special? How is it different from other types of ink? Why can you only use certain types of ink in a fountain pen? These are all great questions. In this article, I want to discuss fountain pen ink and some of the different features you might find in different inks. Fountain Pen Ink Basics … Read More

Choosing The Best Disposable Fountain Pen

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Best Disposable Fountain Pen Review Pilot Varsity Platinum Preppy

In a world of fountain pens that cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, the term “disposable fountain pen” might seem like an oxymoron. Indeed, they may go against everything that fountain pens seem to stand for… quality, permanence and luxury. Don’t let the term fool you, though. Disposable fountain pens are actually quite capable little pens! Surprisingly, there are … Read More

How To Refill A Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen

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Replacing Pilot Varsity Ink fountain pen

The Pilot Varsity is sold as a disposable fountain pen, but it seems like such a shame to throw one away once you’re done with it. Instead of tossing it in the garbage, what if you could refill it? Good news… you can! In this article I’ll show you how to refill a Pilot Varsity (or Pilot Vpen as they’re … Read More

What Kind Of Ink To Use In A Fountain Pen

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You might wonder what kind of ink to use in a fountain pen. This is a very important question to ask, as using the wrong kind of ink in your fountain pen can damage it or potentially ruin it. Fortunately, it’s not very hard to figure out what kind you should use in your pen. If you’re just getting started … Read More