The Fountain Pen is still something special

by Damon Kostidis on Feb 10, 2023

National Fountain Pen Day, is a day to celebrate the elegance and prestige of classic writing instruments. In a world containing harsh utility bills, reading a letter written in real ink is a treat. So, it's no surprise that Fountain pens have undergone a resurgence as people rediscover their classic beauty. And, stationery retailers are reporting fountain pen sales are increasing globally, particularly in the prestige category. It seems that the the once old-fashioned fountain pen is now bang on trend.

For those of us who appreciate the beauty of a handwritten letter, there is nothing quite like opening an envelope addressed with a fountain pen. The classic writing instrument has been around since the 10th century, and its design has remained largely unchanged. Fountain pens are often referred to as the 'king of all writing instruments' due to their complex design and structure, which allows ink to flow from the reservoir to the nib at a balanced rate of flow by means of a force called capillary attraction.

The fountain pen has seen a resurgence in popularity, thanks to social media platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest, which are full of beautiful images and videos of fountain pens. There are also hundreds of online forums, podcasts and YouTube tutorials on how to find the perfect fountain pen and how to care for it. In locations around the world there are now retailers specializing in fountain pen repairs for those whose pens are worse for wear.

The most expensive fountain pen in the world was a unique one-off edition that retailed at $1.7million, and many fountain pens are hand-crafted and are collector's items. It is clear that the timeless beauty of the fountain pen, even in a world of digital communication, is still something special.