Pen Modification – Convert into eyedropper fill

The Kaweco Sport fountain pen is brilliantly designed and reasonably priced. When it’s capped, it is compact enough to fit in any purse or pocket, and when it’s posted, it is the perfect size for writing. However, one downfall of the pen is that it can only be used with short standard cartridges, wasting the space of about 1/3 of the barrel. Also, it cannot be used with a converter so writers cannot use their favorite bottled inks with it. (UPDATE: The Monteverde Mini Converter will fit inside the Kaweco Sport fountain pen.) To resolve these issues I converted the Kaweco Sport fountain pen into an eyedropper fill system, where the barrel is used as the ink reservoir.  To prevent ink leakage I used 100% silicone grease (petroleum free) to seal the threads. Hopefully, this explanation will help other writers maximize their Kaweco’s potential.

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Can a Left-Handed Writer Use a Fountain Pen?

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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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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.

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Pelikan

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.

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LAMY

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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