Pen Advice & Care

Helpful advice from the pen experts at Pen Heaven
  • Fountain Pen Nib Width Comparison

    Picking fountain pens can be confusing. Selecting the correct fountain pen nib width for your preference and style of hand writing even more so. What makes it even more confusing is that there is no standard. Nib widths and the corresponding width of the
    writing line vary from manufacturer to manufacturer and even across continents. As a rule of thumb nibs made in the Asia will have a finer writing point than American made nibs which in turn will have a finer writing point than nibs made in Europe. If…
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  • Play Our Pen Finder Game

    We have developed a short game for you to play, profiling your personality in 5 short questions, and then suggesting to you the pen brand we think is the best fit. Questions
    are simple multiple choice and are designed to get to the heart of your pen buying needs. Have a go and let us know which brand you are most likely to buy.…
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  • Which Pen Brand is For You?

    What makes the brands different? Why choose Worther? What’s so great about Parker? Is Sheaffer better than Cross? You go to buy a pen and unless you’re a real stationary buff it can all get a bit confusing. You think to yourself: ‘What makes the
    brands different?’ Or ‘I really want a great mechanical pencil. Which brand does those?’ Or ‘There’s just too many choices!!’ Here at Pen Heaven we wanted to impart some wisdom and ease that pain. Take our quiz and find out which brand…
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  • Top 5 Reasons to Use a Fountain Pen

    For most of us our experience of fountain pens goes back to school days, with ink stained hands and smudged writing. At Pen Heaven we suspect most of us have since gravitated towards a ballpoint pen, and haven’t looked back. But in response to the digital
    age, there has been a trend towards the traditional craft of handwriting and the fountain pen. ‘Now that handwriting is a choice, not a chore, and there is a premium on the unique rather than the infinitely reproducible, people are beginning…
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  • The Pen Gift Guide: Who are you Buying for?

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    Buying a pen for someone else can feel daunting, given the huge choice and personal nature of a pen. The author Paulo Coelho described the pen as ‘….an extension of the writer's hand and desire’. It’s therefore important to think about your recipient
    to get it right. Are they a ballpoint or fountain pen person? Should you go for a classic or modern design? In what colour? All these questions can be answered by thinking about the person you are buying for. To help you we have prepared the…
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  • What to Look Out for When Buying a Fountain Pen

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    Fountain pens offer a smooth and luxurious writing experience, adding personality to every stroke you make. Finding the right fountain pen isn't so easy, as there is a vast array of options and choices (do you want a fine or medium nib? a converter
    or ink cartidge?). Follow our fountain pen buyers guide below, and you will be sure to find the right pen partner. Nib Material Stainless Steel: strong, sturdy inexpensive to replace. Great for everyday use and suitable for children Iridium Tip:…
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  • 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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  • Rollerball vs. Ballpoint Pens: A comparison

    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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