While ballpoint pens write equally well from most angles and positions, fountain pens require a certain touch. In this article, we’ll show you how to hold and write with a fountain pen. Do experiment with what works best for you, as what feels most comfortable depends on your hand shape and supplies. Don’t worry too much if you’re comfortable holding the pen slightly differently from what’s recommended. However, if you’re having difficulty writing smoothly or comfortably, try making some of the adjustments suggested below, or watch this video to see our tips in action.
Rhodia R Premium Pad because of its smoothness, which allows us to take advantage of the Lamy Safari’s easy-flowing ink. At the same time, it has just enough tooth so that it’s not too slippery to write on. Additionally, it has low showthrough and a relatively quick drying time of about 10 seconds.
Those who learned to write with pencils often instinctively rotate their writing instruments in an attempt to find a sharp edge. This habit doesn’t translate well to fountain pens. If you rotate your fountain pen too much, the sweet spot is lifted off the paper.
To stay in the sweet spot and avoid hand injuries, try writing with your lower arm. By doing so, you’re using the large muscles in your arm instead of the small muscles in your fingers. With this technique, you don’t need to strain your hand and wrist as much. You also keep the elevation and rotation of the pen constant so that you stay in the sweet spot to produce consistent handwriting.
How you select a fountain pen depends on many variables, including your hand size and what kind of writing you’re doing. It’s similar to picking out a pair of shoes. Are you looking for a pair of shoes to run a marathon? To make an impression on a first date? Or to trudge through rainy streets? Consider some of the questions below to guide your fountain pen selection and make writing sessions comfortable.
The Elabo comes in fine and extra fine nib sizes, which is also excellent for writing intricate characters. Keep in mind that finer Japanese nibs may dig into your paper if you apply too much pressure. Try a lighter touch when you’re using them.
On the other hand, the Western alphabet has relatively simple shapes. Western writers also tend to use cursive, a style in which the pen doesn’t need to lift from the page too often. A good fountain pen for Western lettering writes fluidly, has a broader nib, and doesn’t require too much pressure to use. In this guide, we use the lightweight and smooth-writing Lamy Safari as an example for English writers. Be mindful that if you apply too much pressure, broader nibs can deposit ink pools and create bleedthrough.
Fast writers will appreciate a fountain pen that is lightweight and has a broader nib that allows for fluid, fuss-free writing, like the Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen. The Preppy is a Japanese pen whose fine and medium nibs use bigger Western sized-tips. More deliberate writers will enjoy the heft and solid feeling of a heavier fountain pen, like the Pilot Vanishing Point Fountain Pen. Writers who use light fountain pens should avoid gripping their pens too hard to overcompensate for the pen’s light weight. On the flip side, writers who use heavier fountain pens should remember to take breaks to avoid hand cramps.
- Create a lovely, handwritten greeting card to convey to a loved one how much you appreciate them.
- Bring your lecture note-taking game up a notch with the spiffiest writing utensil in the classroom.
- Send your long distance friends snail mail.
- Write down deep dark secrets in your diary.
- Jot down captions for your DIY scrapbook.
- Use it for signing your John Hancock on checks and important documents.
- Write out a rough draft of the next best-selling novel.
Do you need some help figuring out how to select and refill your fountain pen? Here are some guides to help you navigate how to use and choose fountain pens.
Writing with a fountain pen should feel comfortable once you find the sweet spot and write by moving your arms rather than your fingers. Do you have any other tips for writing with a fountain pen? Let us know in the comments below!