Why do we write with fountain pens?

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Everyone has a story.


One of the many powerful experiences in life is to tell a story. A story entices and mystifies, a story informs and explains and a story develops and destroys. A story is the greatest form of communication. Throughout history we have been able to develop, as a species, utilising the power of story-telling. There is one thing that defines a story and the legacy it holds: how it is told. The greatest story can be ruined by a poor delivery, while a bland story told with zest and power can develop followers and gain a reputation. This is where a beautiful fountain pen must be utilised.



As the great man said
As the great man said



Writing is delivering your essence and being onto a page through a weave of letters, sentences and paragraph, each written by your own hand. To convey the best illustration through words, however, it is imperative to choose an instrument that so delicately, yet with such fervour, delivers ink onto the page.


A fountain pen isn’t just a tool, a fountain pen tells a story. A fountain pen delivers countless words before you’ve made a single mark on the page. As such your pen and writing speak many words before you do. This is why it is essential to have an instrument that matches the light within your soul. Whether you prefer to tell a story through an elegant Montblanc Starwalker or through a modest Faber Castell Loom, the weight in your hand speaks volume about your character.

Why do you write with a fountain pen?


Who do you want to be seen as?


Who do you want to be written as?


How do you want to tell your story?


Therefore, you must choose a pen that matches your own tenacity. Each person is different and no two fountain pens tell the same story. Remember, one of the most powerful experiences in life is to tell a story.


Oh yeah, and they make you feel cool.

– Aaron

4 thoughts on “Why do we write with fountain pens?

  1. Yes, a fountain pen in the hand of someone gifted with the talent to tell their story can be an extension of what’s in that person’s heart. We have seen beautiful sentiments skillfully written on all sorts of paper and have often been moved by those words.

    I know people who will not use a fountain pen or even spend time writing down their thoughts either for themselves or others to see. Fountain pens to some people are no better than a cheap ballpoint which looks like it’s been in a war zone.

    You asked why I write with fountain pens. In my humble opinion, after writing with a fountain pen, nothing else even comes close to matching that experience. I especially like vintage pens to write with, but some of the modern ones seem like they would be a joy to use. I would really like to own a Mont Blanc, but that company has placed their products outside of my price range.

    For me, it’s not the desire for a status symbol; rather, it is the desire to have a pen which looks good and functions well.

  2. Aside from liking the way they don’t make my wrists hurt?

    Apart from the power of showing who I am with the written word, choosing not only the phrasing, but the state of mind while writing (relaxed loops or agitated jags, broad or fine or flex, blue or black or brown or burgundy or even mossy green)?

    Without considering the odd existential comfort of knowing that it is part of a tradition dating back to the split reeds of Egyptian scribes, while experiencing guilty joy in the conviction that ballpoints are a newfangled thing sharing a lineage with deodorant applicators?

    Leaving aside the aesthetic fulfillment offered by the shape of the point, the design of the barrel, and the twinkle of light from gold or celluloid?

    Other than the knowledge of how freely thoughts pass from mind to paper to the minds of others while using an effortless tool?

    Gosh… can’t think of a thing.

    1. A tool that enables rather than inhibits the creative urge, should never be looked beyond!
      There is so much to love and you summed it up perfectly!

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