Where Can You Buy Fountain Pens
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Where Can You Buy Fountain Pens
Several weeks ago, I proposed to Yunus a series of city guides highlighting my favorite stationery shops around the globe. I had just returned from a trip to London and Paris and was bubbling with excitement after visiting some of my old haunts and finding a couple of new gems to share. I have always gotten so much joy from sharing my finds and I was so looking forward to telling you, dear readers, the best way to navigate seeing the most beautiful boutiques in all of the cities. In these magical brick and mortar stationery shops, you can find all sorts of hidden treasures like the best fountain pens, the best fountain pen ink and vintage-inspired stationery.
With its bright purple storefront, Saker stands out in the Victorian seaside town of Clevedon, where it has been for more than 20 years. Serving up eclectic gifts and stationery from all over the globe, Saker aims to be unusual, fascinating and delightfully different.
In 2018 she opened her current studio and shop where she continues to share the resurgence of letterpress printing in the UK. Her black and white cards are an exemplary example of this historic craft and her beautiful design sensibility.
Athena Cauley-Yu opened her bespoke letterpress and fine stationery shop in Bath, where she prints her wares on two Heidelberg Windmill Presses and offers workshops to eager learners. She offers a space that is calm and friendly; feel free to ask her team their favorite Pantone color, cardstock or typeface!
(This is a guest post by Adam Di Stefano. Adam is a writer, armchair philosopher, former lawyer, entrepreneur, marketing professional, obsessive compulsive, and consummate generalist. He has also recently become addicted to fountain pens. You can read more of his ramblings on his blog at The Happiest Man in the World.)
I have always loved the look and the mystique of fountain pens. As a writer, I have a sentimental attachment to the written word, and all things that go with it. I've always had a bizarre fascination with stationery stores. I own far too many notebooks, and while you would have to drag me kicking and screaming into a shopping mall, I'll happily spend money on office supplies. As such, maybe it was a foregone conclusion that I would some day grow fond of fountain pens.
If you're like me, you'll read a lot, you'll feel lost, and you'll be intimidated. And then eventually, after months and months of reading stuff that you barely understand, you'll decide to take the plunge and buy a pen and see what happens. You'll make some mistakes, but eventually after some trial and error, you'll start to realize just what these fountain pen aficionados are so crazy about. Or, you'll give up because it's too much hassle and regret having waster your money.
That's why I decided to write this. My goal is to give someone who wants to try fountain pens for the first time a step-by-step guide on how to go from true beginner to early-stage addiction in a single concise article, all the while removing some of the intimidation and false starts that come with plunging in on our own.
I could write a whole glossary just on the terms and terminology used in the fountain pen world, but that's not my goal here. My goal is simply to give you the most basic definitions you'll need to understand the rest of this article. I want to focus on things that someone who doesn't know much about fountain pens wouldn't know, while not getting into details that are unnecessary for someone just getting started.
The nib is the part of the pen that touches the paper, and that the ink comes out of. On most pens it will be stainless steel, and on higher end pens it will be gold. By changing a nib, you can completely change the experience of writing with a pen. One of the first decisions you'll have to make when buying a fountain pen is the size of the nib's tip.
On most standard fountain pens, nibs can come in various points from extra fine to bold. The tip of the n