FP101- How Does A Fountain Pen Work?

Every Friday, I’m going to be posting a Fountain Pen 101 video on the foundational elements of using and understanding fountain pens. Today is the first in what I plan to be a very comprehensive series of videos to help anyone interested to learn more about fountain pens. I’ll be compiling all of these videos into the Fountain of Knowledge on GouletPens.com.

Today’s video is about the basics, what is a fountain pen and how does it work? In the video, I cover the following:

  • How a ballpoint pen works
  • How a rollerball pen works
  • How a fountain pen works
  • The internal parts that allow a fountain pen to write
There is a lot more I can cover, but I’m leaving this video to the absolute basics so I don’t go running away with it (this is actually the second video I made, the first one I DID run away with it and it was 12 minutes long…). This will lay a good foundation for future topics that I plan to do in Fountain Pen 101. Future videos will go more in depth about the parts of a pen, different filling mechanisms, types of ink, how to choose a pen for you, and more. But for now, we’re keeping things simple. Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments.

See the other Fountain Pen 101 videos here.

Write On,
Brian Goulet

2017-10-11T13:45:52+00:00 May 4th, 2012|Fountain Pen 101|5 Comments
  • Ruby Scarlett

    Love your shirt!
     I don't know of anyone who still uses ballpoint pens. A little while ago I was working in a stationary shop and a ballpoint pen brand sent us flyers to give to customers – if you sent them back ten ballpoint pens all used up, you'd get a gift card in return. Fine. Except a lot of our customers pointed out that they'd never finished a ballpoint, ever, due to the ink being stuck inside. We never sold as many gel pens as during that promotional event!

  • Eurekan

    The first ball-point pen patent was in 1888. Laszlo Biro patented what is generally agreed to be the first modern ball point in 1938. Ball-point sales really started to take off in the late 1940s.

    The clear substance at the top of the gel roller refill is called a grease plug. It believe it's usually silicone grease.

  • I don't know anyone who prefers ball-point pens, but you still see them everywhere….mainly in pubic places where you need to sign receipts (banks, restaurants, grocery store) where they don't want to worry about people stealing them. 

  • Thanks for the more accurate info 🙂 I wasn't trying to get too much into the detailed history of the pens, more just give a basic timeline for them so people understood why they are the way they are. 

  • David B.

    However it took decades for ballpoint pens to become reliable. Before about the early 1960s, they were anything but. That’s why they didn’t displace fountain pens for everyday writing until then.