How to Choose the Best Pen for You

First, buy a signature pen

Your signature and personal notes to loved ones and friends are your most important writing tools. A good pen should have a medium or broad point. Blue ink is what I use for my signature to make sure the original is visible against photocopies. Lewis Carroll, however, used violet ink to write. There are so many ink colors available now. Have some fun choosing your favorite color.

Next, select your working pen

This pen is what you use most often, regardless of whether you have a computer or not. You should choose the best type of pen and size for you. Fine-point pens work best for taking notes. You can write smaller but get more pages.

Fine points are best for small handwriting. Medium or broad points are more suited to you if you write faster and larger.

Fountain pens are a great option if you don’t have one yet.

It lasts only a second, and then the intimate way you connect with thoughts and paper quickly becomes exhilarating.

You may ask, “But what about–?” Let me address some common concerns regarding fountain pens.

“I always lose pens.”

Perhaps pen insurance should be offered! A good pen can be considered its own insurance. Low-quality pens can be likened to common property, which is why they are so easily lost. Fine pens, however, aren’t common property. People know this. They are less likely to take them with them. If someone asks you to borrow your pen, keep the cap. Pens with caps are very rare to lose.

“Fountain pens leak.”

If you are driving a stick-shift, you will occasionally need to shift the gears. Sometimes a fountain pen might leak. However, a little ink can not ruin the enjoyment of writing with a fountain pen. Fountain pen ink is 90% water so it can be washed off easily. This preventive measure can be taken: When you cap your pen, make sure to hold it upright and not down. Also, when closing the pen, use gentle pressure. This will reduce ink from getting into your cap and eventually your fingers.

“My handwriting is terrible.”

Today, few people can draw beautiful cursive lines. I admire those who are diligent! You know what? It doesn’t really matter. It doesn’t matter how long your handwritten notes are, because we have keyboards to help you do it. However, fountain pens can be a great tool for improving handwriting, since it slows down your hand. Even if you don’t print, a fountain pen can help you be your best. Printing is fine, let me repeat that. It’s your handwriting, which no computer can duplicate.

“They’re scratchy.”

Pen nibs used to be very scratchy 50 years ago. However, manufacturing techniques have improved so much that even steel nibs are now incredibly smooth.

They don’t fly well.

If you are concerned about your fountain pen leaching in an aircraft, it is best to fly empty or full. It could leak because of the low cabin pressure at cruising altitudes. The pretzel bag puffs up like a pillow. The expanding air can push ink out of the feed, causing it to leak if your pen is only half full.

Pens “They are too delicate.”

They look beautiful because they are so beautiful. Fountain pens’ barrels have been made from durable materials that can withstand the most difficult knocks. The nib is the most delicate part of a fountain pen. When you use your pen, it is a good idea to keep the cap on the barrel. Your pen will be more likely to fall cap-down than nib-down if it is dropped. It’s also less likely to fall if it’s placed on the desk.

“They’re old-fashioned.”

Absolutely! That is the beauty of fountain pens. Fountain pens have survived wars and the vanishing of the typewriter. They still hold a place in the virtual world. Fountain pens are the last mechanical reproduction of feathers. They give voice to your thoughts, permanence to your words, and expression to your writing. They are the handshake, not the nod, and the conversation is more important than the message on a machine. Fountain pens make it personal.