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Fountain Pens

Fountain Pens

Fountain pens were originally developed to solve the twin problems of dip pens; the constant dipping of the pen into ink and the frequent ink stains resulting from their use. The key idea was to incorporate the ink reservoir into a barrel that would allow the flow of ink to match the amount used when writing. This may sound simple, but it was a considerably complex and delicate engineering problem to solve.  

 Fountain pens were patented in 1827 by the Romanian Petrache Poenaru and there were various innovations during the 19th century, but they were not mass produced until the 1880’s by Waterman Pens. To fill the pen various devices were developed including crescent fillers, eyedroppers, twist fillers and lever pulls. Today, cartridges are the most common forms of reservoir, though prestige pens all come with modern alternatives. 

The range of fountain pen inks available today is truly staggering with new colours being released regularly by the main manufacturers.

  • Conklin Herringbone fountain pen, navy blue Conklin Herringbone fountain pen, burgundy

    Conklin Herringbone fountain pen

    Vintage appeal plus a modern style results in a stunning, crisp design! The cap and barrel of these beautiful Conklin pens are engraved with a traditional herringbone pattern using up-to-the-minute computer technology and coated with several layers of...

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  • Kaweco Sport fountain pen gift set

    Kaweco Sport fountain pen gift set

    This lovely Kaweco Classic Sport gift set comprises a Classic Sport fountain pen in your choice of colour, a pack of 6 Kaweco cartridges, a gold pocket clip, an information leaflet and a Kaweco-branded sticker, all presented in a retro style tin...

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  • Manuscript Calligraphy Compendium set contents Manuscript Calligraphy Compendium packaging

    Manuscript Calligraphy Compendium set

    Ideal for calligraphy and hand lettering, the Manuscript Creative Calligraphy Compendium, like the name suggests contains everything you'll need to get up to speed. The set comprises: 4 pens 5 nib sections: 0.85, 1.1, 1.35, 1.6 and 2.8mm 18 ink...

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  • Manuscript Deluxe Calligraphy Gift Set

    Manuscript Deluxe Calligraphy Gift Set

    Introduce yourself or somebody else to the art of beautiful lettering with this Deluxe Calligraphy Gift Set from Manuscript The set contains one pen barrel with a range of 6 interchangeable nibs: 0.85mm, 1.1mm, 1.35mm, 1.6mm, 2.2mm and 2.8mm.Also...

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  • Manuscript Classic Calligraphy Gift Set

    Manuscript Classic Calligraphy Gift Set

    The perfect gift set ideal for fountain pen calligraphy and every day writing. Create italic calligraphy and practice lettering with ease with this set, which comes packaged beautifully in a luxury gift tin. This set comprises: 1 Classic Fountain Pen...

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  • Platinum Preppy fountain pen - blue

    Platinum Preppy fountain pen

    Established in 1919, the Platinum Pen Co. is renowned as a Japanese manufacturer of fine fountain pens but is relatively unknown in the West. Their Preppy fountain pen is lovely example of Japanese pen design. Hi-tech feed system ensures reliable ink...

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  • Kaweco mini converter

    Kaweco fountain pen converter

    The Kaweco miniature piston converter is suitable for the Sport and Skyline series of Kaweco fountain pens.  It allows the use of any bottled ink in all the Sports series pens instead of short international ink cartridges.  

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