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How a Japanese Pen Maker Anticipated the Writing-Tool Renaissance

Here’s a fact you have to write down to believe: Over the past 10 years, during which the world has adopted smartphones and social media, sales of fountain pens have risen. Retail sales, in particular, have grown consistently. In 2016 they were up 2.1 percent from the year before, making fountain pens a $1 billion market, according to a report by Euromonitor International. To compare, the overall market for personal luxury goods—watches, handbags, cars—was stagnant over the same period, suggesting that a good pen is a better investment than the bespoke suit in which it’s stowed. These forces are even more pronounced in the Japanese market, where a study by Yano Research Institute Ltd. finds that fountain pen sales grew...

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Something a little different...

Lately, I have been a little more laid back with my blogging because of some recent major changes.  I plan on getting back on track starting with this blog and posting at least twice a month to bring back some quality content for all of my subscribers. Today I want to share something a little different with everyone.  Recently, The Website Feedspot reached out to me in congratulations on being on of the top fountain pen blogs on the web!  This is big news, as being recognized by Feedspot it a great milestone for the blog and the store!  They even took the time to create this medal for us! Feedspot allows you to follow all of your favorite blogs...

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Fountain Pen History

A Brief History of Fountain Pens While the earliest record of a fountain-like pen dates from the 10th century, fountain pens as we know them today didn’t exist until the late 19th century. In 1884, an American named Lewis Waterman patented the first practical model after supposedly having a sales contract ruined by a leaky precursor. Before Waterman’s version, fountain pens were plagued with ink spills and blots, and were unreliable and inconvenient. The main problem of earlier fountain pens centered on airflow — there wasn’t enough. Fountain pens work by managing the rate at which the ink flows through the pen. When the pen is held at an upright angle, ink from the reservoir is drawn downward by gravity, and...

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Setting limits for your collection

Last year, I posted about my plan to limit myself to ten nice pens and, since then, I’ve had plenty of people get in touch to say they’re imposing their own limits – sometimes more than ten, sometimes less – and talking about their experiences. Just as often, I have people asking how I manage my collection and the decision about which pens to keep or sell. While I wouldn’t say it’s an organised system, there is an approach that I use and I’ll share it in today’s post. THE WORKHORSES The workhorses: MB149, MB146, and Visconti Homo Sapiens. First off, I break my pens into three function groups. The first is the workhorses: the ones which virtually live in my study,...

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7 Unique Fountain Pen Gift Ideas

Do you know a friend or loved one who has a passion for fountain pens? Here is a quick list of 7 unique fountain pen gift ideas that you can buy for a someone who loves fountain pens or you can buy yourself if you love them! 1. Clear Fountain Pens are a great idea if you want to showcase the inside of the actual pen.  Its also great if you want to show off a flashy ink color that might catch everyone's attention. 2. Full Metal Golden Clip Jinhao 450 If you like simple yet elegant, then this pen is for you.  This pen is flashy and feels good in your hands.  With a glossy finish and detailed in...

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