The fountain pen was invented by Lewis Waterman in 1884 as a more viable alternative to the traditional dip pens of the time. The pen feeds ink to the nib through a combination of gravity and capillary action. Over the course of the 20th century, fountain pens became very popular because of their ease of use and the beauty with which they wrote.
Things You'll Need
- Fountain pen
Assume the position. The proper way to hold a fountain pen is to form a triangle with your index finger, middle finger and your thumb. Place the fountain pen in that grip.
Make sure the pen is in the proper position. The nib, which is the tip of the pen should be pointed in the upright position. The feed, which is the base of the nib should be down. Holding the pen "upside down" so that the tip is in the air, will naturally place the pen in the correct position.
Place the cap on the pen. Believe it or not, the balance of the fountain pen is partially dependant on placement of the cap on the back of the pen while you write. The clip of the pen should align with the nib and face out from your grip of the pen.
Place pen to paper at a slight angle away from your opposite hand. Do not put any real pressure on the nib, as it needs almost none to work, instead using the ink as a lubricant to glide across the page. If you see the two halves of the nib splaying out, you are pressing way too hard. Write until the ink starts to become thin. If it becomes thick, tip the nib up, wait a moment, and then replace it on the paper.