Monthly Archives: July 2013

  • Parker Sonnet Fountain Pen Nib Size Comparison

    Since its introduction in 1993, the Parker Sonnet has proved to be one of Parker's most popular ranges as a successor to the Parker 75. The Pen was originally offered with four nib widths - Fine, Medium, Broad and Extra Fine - but Parker has now expanded
    the range to offer eight different sizes and styles (in chrome, gold-plated and solid 18ct gold options) which are as follows: Detailed explanation of each Parker Sonnet Nib Size (click the images to enlarge them) Extra Fine For extremely fine…
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  • Pens for people with arthritis

    Therapeutic writing has been used to ease the symptoms of a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, one of which is rheumatoid arthritis. The psychological benefits of putting one’s thoughts onto paper are a task that should be recommended for anyone,
    especially those who may now be less physically active. Though writing can be a difficult task for someone who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, improved writing ergonomics greatly reduces writing strain while giving a more stable, comfortable…
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  • How to use a fountain pen converter

    Learning to use a fountain pen converter can be one of the most rewarding writing experiences that one can have. A new realm of possibilities is opened to the user through the availability of ink colours which are not present in ink cartridges, not to
    mention the simple pleasure of manually drawing ink into a pen. An ink converter is not included standard with all fountain pens. The majority of fountain pens (with ink cartridges) can be transformed with the right ink converters. The fun part is…
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  • Steel vs Gold fountain pen nibs

    Is a gold nib absolutely necessary to have the best pen writing experience? There isn't a straight forward answer and there are a few important factors to consider. Before highlighting the differences between gold and steel nibs, it’s probably best
    to know the historical background of fountain pens. The fountain pen was an improvement on the dip pen in that it contained an ink inner reservoir, resultantly keeping ink off the hands and improving writing speed. Due to early ink having corrosive…
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  • Rollerball vs. Ballpoint Pens: A comparison

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    The writing mechanisms of ballpoint pens are similar to rollerball pens but there are several differences. While a ballpoint pen uses a thick oil-based ink, the rollerball pen uses liquid ink.  This key difference makes the rollerball feel smother
    and more liquid, giving it a more fluid action which is comparable to a fountain pen. This fluidity also translates to a rollerball pen generally having a finer writing line. On the other hand, a ballpoint pen does have a more controlled action and…
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