Five Fountain Pen Rules You Can Ignore

 

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Rule Number 1. “Pens are for writing; use them or sell them.”

You can ignore this because it’s silly. Would anyone say that about a collectible nickel? A Civil War cannon?

Rule Number 2. “If you don’t collect pens seriously, you are just accumulating.”

You can ignore this because it’s okay to just accumulate pens.

Rule Number 3. “Such and such pen is a must-have.”

You can ignore this because there’s no pen everyone must have. Everyone is different.

Rule Number 4. “Vintage pens are better.”

You can ignore this because it’s puffery. Some vintage pens are better, some are worse.

Rule Number 5. “Flex nibs are better.”

You can ignore this because it is only true for some people and some situations. Imagine trying to write 10 essays for a final exam, in a blue book, with a flex nib.

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5 thoughts on “Five Fountain Pen Rules You Can Ignore

  1. #6 You have to clean your pens regularly/monthly.

    Forget about that and use common sense for measurement. Some pen(and ink combination)s can go for years of refilling and refilling without ever having to be cleaned whereas others develop nib creap or sludge or dry out after days already. I only clean my pens before I change colours or put a pen away.

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