Pen, Paper & Signature

My fountain pen arrived yesterday at my doorstep.

It was not what I expected.  The cartridges were missing.  How could this be?  I soon discovered that I did not look at the fine print which features the benefits of this specific fountain pen.  The cartridges were not to be found when I looked back at my order.  

Serendipity had prevailed for I had been looking for a fountain pen that required ink and reluctantly ordered what I thought was a cartridge fountain pen.  I was excited to see the small pump-like apparatus that had clearly been upgraded since my 6th grade fountain pen days.

Now to order the ink.

Fountain pens are perfect for cursive writing, which is making a comeback in the world of keyboards and digitalization. Research suggests (and even maintains) that cursive handwriting stimulates the brain in ways that typing cannot.  Other advantages included increased writing speed (I have yet to experience this benefit as my fingers love to type), improved fine motor skills, increased retention and enhanced legibility and spelling ability.   Best of all, my signature will be of higher quality! 

Over the next months, I will put cursive writing to the test and report back on my findings.

I leave you with this quote to consider:

“When you die, others who think they know you, will concoct things about you… Better pick up a pen and write it yourself, for you know yourself best.” Sholom Aleichem, Russian Writer

16 Replies to “Pen, Paper & Signature”

  1. That’s a shame about the lack of ink. I know how disappointed you must have been.
    I remember the ones with cartridges. There were affordable ballpoint pens when the fountain pens became popular with the girls I knew at school. It may have been sixth grade for me too… maybe fifth… Anyhow I’ve never seen or heard of the pump kind. Cool beans.
    Hugs on the wing.

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    1. News update, Teagan. You will be delighted to know that my sister Sarah, sent me ink in pink, green, purple. I am beyond excited. And I found out that that I didn’t know what I was talking about re: my fountain pen. The cartridge is refillable and the contraption reminded my of your post on Steampunk. Isn’t it funny how things from the past come back to us. I am now trying to write in cursive handwriting. I have to relearn everything. Feels good to go back to the beginning again.


  2. Dear Rebecca,
    You’ve inspired me!!! But then — you always do. I’m going to get a fountain pen myself. The picture above “sings” to me — and I can’t wait to write — inky fingers notwithstanding!

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    1. Dear Sarah, I hear your lovely voice singing through the WIFI via Zoom. I just received the ink yesterday. Now, to fill the fountain pen without any ink spillage. Holding my breath and taking a plunge. Sending hugs and love!

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  3. Hi Rebecca, how lovely that you have ordered a fountain pen. I had one with cartridges back in my early teens. I had a romantic desire needed to craft my poetry with a fountain pen. Sadly, my romantic vision did not allow for my horrible handwriting. I used the pen for a long time though. I will stick to my typing although I do often craft my poems in scribbles first. I certainly do not write my books by hand. PS, I have a proper fountain pen now which I bought at the birth home of Shakespeare. It has nibs and a bottle of ink and it remains in the packaging [smile].

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    1. I would keep the nibs and bottle of ink in the package,too! There are precious reminders of the hard labour that went into writing a play with a quill and ink. Can you imagine the ink stains on hands and fingers. By the way, you had me checking out whether there were any manuscripts in Shakespeare’s writing. Check out this link: His handwriting was not pristine, but his words were brilliant.

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      1. Thank you for this link, Rebecca. It is an interesting article. When we were in the UK in 2016 we had the good luck to see the second folio of Shakespeare’s works belonging to Canterbury Cathedral. It was on display to mark 400 years since Shakespeare’s death.

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  4. Thank you for posting you new pen–a find looking instrument. I am wondering, does it have a little container to hold the ink. I remember that the ones that we had formerly, had a little lever on the side that you could pull back when lowered into the ink and it would pull enough ink to fill the little container to fill it. From there, the pen would let the ink sink slowly to the paper and the point would allow the pen to write on the paper as you drew the letters along. A unique invention for sure. There was another pen that you could insert an ink cartridge into the pen and then write! ! ! Please keep me informed of your progress. We need to use our hands to write, typewriters have taken our writing ability away. When I write now (possibly due to old age) I have to draw the letters along on the paper so that people are able to read what I am writing.

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    1. I missed my ink delivery today so I’m hopping it comes tomorrow. The pump system is different than what I remember. Stay tuned for an update.


  5. It really is a beautiful writing apparatus! Vibrant and serious and adventurous looking. As Liz notes, we write better when the pen fits just right. Goldilocks pen? 🙂 Keep us posted on your use of the updated version of the class fountain pen.

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    1. I just ordered the ink, which should be here any minute. I will keep you posted on my progress. I understand that I will be able to feel the flow of creativity. Can hardly wait to experience that sensation!!!

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  6. Your fountain looks beautiful! Does it fit your hand properly (not too thin, not too fat, not too light, not to heavy, with the balance in the right place)?

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    1. It fits beautifully, Liz. And yet, I have a feeling that I will be going back in time and learning all over again. As my brother, Brian, said to me in a recent conversation – what we think we learned at one point, does not mean we have learned it forever. Sometimes you need to go back to basics. So back to basics I go!

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      1. I have looked up exercise books and pages, starting with the early grades. I think I’m going right back to basics. I’m going back to grade three again.


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