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Thursday, January 23, 2014

12 Reasons Why You Should Write with a Fountain Pen

Today is National Handwriting Day — a day that celebrates putting pen to paper and recognizes that even in this digital age, there is still a place for the written word. 

To celebrate, we put together this fun image that explains just a few of the reasons why writing with a fountain pen is so amazing. We asked you for your reasons, through Facebook, Twitter and Reddit, and this image is based on the hundreds of responses we received.  


So tell us, how will you be celebrating National Handwriting Day? Do you have more reasons to share? Let's keep the conversation going in the comments! 

P.S. If you're having a hard time reading this image, head on over to Facebook. We created an album of each of these reasons as its own image. 

15 comments:

  1. I hate to be a grammar Nazi, but I cringe every time when I see this.
    The "it's" in "Technology has it's place" should be "its."

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  2. Oops! Missed that typo. It has been fixed now. ;)

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  3. I was going to open my latest order from Goulet Pens (shipped last Tuesday), but it did not come today (first time it has ever been this late) and the USPS tracking has not been updated since Tuesday evening! So, I'll handle my pens, look at my inks, and update my journal. Maybe practice some handwriting. Sigh, 3 TWSBI Diamond 50 bottles delayed getting to their new home. All the reasons in your posting above apply to me, but mostly because the fountain pen is the best tool for hand writing ever developed. I love its smooth flow, the vibrancy of the ink, being able to take control of my writing choices, and the wondrous options open to FP users. Thanks for posting this. And, Karen Y. - I'm with you! I like Drew's art work!

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  4. Cool!

    Hey, so long as you're correcting things, "blended scotch" is not one of the finer things in life. "Single-malt scotch" is. :-)

    Can I print this out and put it on my wall?

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  5. Haha, that was quick! :)

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  6. That poster is very inspirational, plus most of your staff must love today.... Today is National Pie Day! Too bad we will have to wait until November 26 for National Cake Day!

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  7. I agree with most of these but have to differ when it comes to saving money: I've spent WAY more on pens and ink and good paper than I ever would have if I hadn't become hopelessly addicted to fountain pens a few years ago. Would I have spent $70 on a ball-point pen? Never! But I unhesitatingly did it for a TWSBI rose-gold fountain pen!


    Not, you understand, that I am complaining, because you can't put a price on the sheer joy of writing with decent pens and kaleidoscopic arrays of ink.

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  8. I couldn't agree more. For the money I'd paid (and paying :O) for my TWSBIs and Pelikans and Pilots and Rhodias etc I could have gotten myself enough Bics and cheap copy paper to last a lifetime. Well, I did start out using fps because I thought it would be economical to use 1 pen and 1 ink bottle.. However my pen-n-ink drawer has become so hopelessly full saving money is no longer a factor.

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  9. Robert, I couldn't agree more. That "sheer joy of writing" ultimately far surpasses money saved or not saved.

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  10. My handwriting has improved significantly thanks to finding the right pen, and the right ink. Ink Nouveau, you get serious credit for steering me in the right direction!

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  11. I would also add that you can take them apart and put them back together. I've always liked knowing how things work, and fountain pens fit right into that. This is one of the big reasons they're awesome for me, along with pretty much everything else on this list. :)

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  12. Now that you mention this, a major reason I love and use fountain pens is just what you mention. Knowing how it works, taking it apart for cleaning and tuning, helps me understand its behavior and how to keep it maintained at peak performance. This is part of the economics too, not having to send pens back for maintenance or service. Some of my first orders from Goulet Pens were the pen tuning and cleaning kits, worth every cent. Thanks Anna for adding this 13th reason to the list!

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  13. I particularly agree with two of these reasons: 1. My handwriting does look better, and 2. My wife likes her rings and pendants and earrings while I have my various pens.

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  14. Bad handwriting will not magically turn into a nice one because you use fountain pen. You still got to practice!

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