Can a Left-Handed Writer Use a Fountain Pen?


The rainbow of ink colors available to fountain pen users has been tempting me for sometime to buy a fountain pen. Lime green and orange are my favorite colors and it would be a treat to have a fabulous, smooth-writing pen filled with these vibrant shades. I’ve heard it said that fountain pens are not for lefties, but the Classic Fountain Pens, Inc website gives me hope.

Now I must figure out what pen will work for me. The Classic Fountain Pens website says I am an “overwriter” which means that I am at risk of smearing ink and could end up with a very colorful palm if I don’t get the right nib/ink/paper combination. I’ve heard that the best nib for a lefty should not be too fine or too broad, the type of ink must dry quickly and the paper must not have a finish that prevents ink from drying quickly.

Are there any left-handed fountain pen users out there that can come to my rescue? What do you use that works? What are your favorite pens, nibs, inks and paper? I’d love to hear from you!!


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Clairefontaine’s Earth Friendly Paper


Before I started working at Writer’s Bloc I felt that all paper had pretty much the same impact on the environment and that the only thing we could contribute was to recycle as much as possible. Now I realize we can also make the choice to buy paper that is manufactured in ways that keep the environment in mind.

The Exaclair website mentions this about the mill where Clairefontaine paper is made: “The water is so clean when it leaves the facility local people can fish, swim and boat downstream within sight of the mill.” Wow! I was impressed.

It further states: “Made only with pulp from sustainable forests, Clairefontaine paper has been certified according to recognized international standards and independent third parties such as the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and others. These certifications as ensure the protection of endangered wildlife habitats.”

I also learned that Clairefontaine supplies 80% of its own energy and has won environmental awards for its clean paper making technology. All of this combined with the fact that this paper has a blissfully smooth satin finish means that I will be a Clairefontaine customer from now on!

Other websites that mention Clairefontaine: Dolce Bellezza, Absolute Write.

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The Family of Fountain Pens

If I were a fountain pen I would be a Platiunum Preppy pen, young, colorful, and fun. If I went to a family reunion– yes, a fountain pen family reunion– who would I see? Pens like the Pelikan Souveran M400 and M405 are dignified, experienced, and always classy; like a beloved grandfather or a smart uncle.  LAMY pens are equally as cool, but on a different level. LAMY pens like the Safari and Studio, would be my ultra-hip, and totally dependable, cousins that I aspired to be like one day.

Perhaps comparing fountain pens to family is a bit of a stretch. However, when you find a fountain pen you really love and want to use all the time, it becomes like an extension of yourself. This entry will consider some characteristics of the brands Pelikan and LAMY, and hopefully after reading it you will have a better idea of which pens are right for you.



Pelikan released its first fountain pen in Germany in 1929, and introduced a revolution in writing: the piston-fill ink system. These pens could hold more ink and write in a smoother, more precise line than any of their competitors. The name Pelikan quickly gained a reputation for meticulous design and brilliant functionality, characteristics that the brand still embodies today. Each Pelikan nib is masterfully handcrafted with steel or gold; the Pelikan symbol and designs can vary between nibs, but each one truly is a work of art. Gold nibs are, of course, softer and will therefore deliver a smoother line, but their steel counterparts also deliver a deep, wet line with little effort. The design of the pen itself has not strayed far from the first pen in 1929. Clean lines and bold, but subtle, colors are hard to improve on, so this classic look has remained with the pen. However, more adventurous pens, including my favorite the Pelikan Souveran M320, are showing off brighter colors and a gorgeous marbled look.  Most of the pens in the Pelikan Souveran line still have the extremely helpful ink window and boast the distinctive pelican pocket clip.

While the fountain pen hasn’t changed much in almost 80 years, the company has. Pelikan now also designs and manufactures other fine writing instruments, like rollerball pens and fineliners, and well as supplies for everyone from kindergarden to college. For now Writer’s Bloc only carries fountain pens, but if you want to see some of their other stuff visit their website Pelikan Home.

Pelikan fountain pens are able to remain classic because their design is timeless and their functionality is unquestionable. They are an investment, yes, but if treated with care and love one of these pens could last centuries, and still look cool.



LAMY pens are the product of creative minds spurred on by the drive towards increasingly contemporary design.  This German company released its first pen, the LAMY 2000, in 1966 and it has remained a favorite of fountain pen users ever since. At that time this pen’s design was unique, it was the first time a pen clip had been made entirely of stainless steel. This was the first step toward many design innovations.

In 1980 the Safari was released. Young students were immediately attracted to the bold, vibrant colors, sleek plastic body, comfortable triangular grip, and uber-cool clip. Even the nib was new and different, it’s black! This design was made even more modern with the aluminum AL-Star, which now comes in a range of great metallic colors. My favorite LAMY pen is the Studio pen. The brushed metal and unique clip makes the pen a small piece of modern art, not to mention it also writes incredibly well. Most of the pens use a cartridge ink system, but all can be used with a converter. Both are easily manageable and hold a lot of ink. LAMY pens have won awards in design, and rightfully so. Check out their other products at their website LAMY-Products.

LAMY fountain pens are great for smart, modern students and business people. They are affordable, high-quality pens that boast contemporary design, but tried and true writing mechanisms.

In a nutshell: Pelikan=Classic and LAMY=Contemporary and both brands produce awesome fountain pens. It’s just a matter of finding the right fit for you. Question: if you were a fountain pen, what would you be? Post your answer, questions, and comments below!

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