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Fountain Pen Nibs

Fountain Pen Nib

A fountain pen, a dip pen and even a quill all have a nib, its the part of whatever you are using that comes into contact with the paper that you are writing on.

Apparently the modern fountain pen nib dates back to the times when gold nibs had a tiny piece of ruby attached to them in an effort to improve wear and tear. But as more and more metals were found stainless steel or gold alloys were to become popular. It has to be said that the metal of choice today has to be gold as it is very resistant to corrosion and of course it is quite flexible. But like everything these gold nibs come at a price.

The majority of modern nibs are broken down into four different sections these being, extra fine, fine, medium and broad. It has to be said that each one of these nibs may have a special function, it is the individual writer that has the final say. While a extra fine nib will be perfect for one individual the next person will much prefer a medium nib. When asked to explain why each has chosen their particular type of nib it does ultimately come down to pure preference.

Nib flexibility is also important in a nib, and the thickness of the metal used will change the flexibility of the nib, secondly the amount of curve on a nib will ultimately determine how stiff the nib will become.

Fountain pens that dated back to the first half of the 20th. Century will normally have quite flexible nibs, and this was primarily dictated by the particular handwriting styles that were fashionable at the time. Just after the second world war writing styles began to change and the move shifted towards fountain pen nibs that were quite stiff. Perhaps another factor was that fountain pen makers were now offering ‘lifetime’ guarantees with their fountain pens and nibs and the more softer nib could not be sustained.

There is nothing wrong with softer nibs, but as a society we do use ballpoints and rollerball pens more frequently, its the way we grip these pen that causes the problem when we change to write with a fountain pen. The idea of the fountain pen nib is that the nib just glides over the paper and it is the ink that acts as some type of lubricant between the paper and the pen nib.

The fountain pen , the ballpoint pen, the dip pen all have a place in society and as long we respect that each of these pens does have its limitation the there is room for all of them in our homes.

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Benefits To Switching Back To Fountain Pens

Fountain pens have made a comeback of sorts recently and although fans of the writing instrument might say they never left, fountain pen usage had decreased due to technology.

That is, technology and cheap, disposable pens. Now, many fountain pen manufacturers are creating new lines of fountain pens that are easier to use and easier to maintain, two factors that detracted many buyers.

With easier, more affordable fountain pens available, we here at Westminster Pens have decided to share with you some of the benefits of switching back to fountain pens for both office and student use. Here are 5 benefits to using a fountain pen over a standard disposable pen:

Writing. One of the biggest advantages to fountain pens is the beauty they add to your penmanship. Whether you choose a medium or small nib, your writing style will come through in the beautifully printed words you see on the paper. Thank you notes, contracts and other important documents will immediately look more formal and your signature will become more prevalent.

Fountain pens are especially useful for those who struggle with cursive writing as the smoothness of a split nib and capillary action will make writing fun again.

Comfort. Fountain pens are undeniably more comfortable than any other pen ever created. You don’t have to grip them as tightly as a conventional pen and, being larger in diameter, most fountain pens seem as though they were custom fit to your hand. Best of all, fountain pens work best at a natural angle, unlike ballpoints.

Longevity. The fountain pen was developed in 1879, and some of the original pens are still in use today. If properly used and maintained, a fountain pen will last hundreds of years requiring a new nib occasionally.

Value. While many people may think that fountain pens have to be expensive to be quality, this isn’t always true. Mont Blanc, Visconti, and Pelikan all make very high-end pens, but you don’t need a high-end pen to get started. Being refillable, fountain pens offer users exceptional value over replacing ballpoint pens when they run out of ink.

Repair. Fountain pens are repairable. If your nib breaks, you can purchase a new one and install it yourself or have it installed professionally. If you are refilling your fountain pen and you damage the cartridge, you can order a new one. Even if your fountain pen becomes clogged with ink, it is still a simple fix.

Modern fountain pens are easy to use, comfortable to write with and offer the user value over conventional ballpoint pens. To learn more about fountain pens, contact Westminster Pens today.