Fountain Pen Design

Function, Development, Construction and Fabrication

Welcome to Fountain Pen Design

… a collection of stories about my adventures developing a fountain pen around 1980

It was in the middle of the year 1978 when a fountain pen model arrived at my desk.  Actually, they were two models of the same, one with and one without a cap, all made from a solid piece of painted Perspex and wires.  It took almost three years for the wright to make it right, write!

What is so special about Fountain Pens?  You know why they are special.  As you read along, you will discover, it’s a miracle that it all works.  For an ingeneer (there is a reason behind this spelling) to accept and build on unknown was a big hurdle to leap. I did jump.

There is a reason for the spelling of ingeneer

And no stress!  You won’t find long tables of test results and only scientific information that is essential for understanding.  Pick and choose.  Did it work?  Yes, the proof is in the pudding.  The pen was released to market in the early eighties and is still sold in large quantities.


The topics are structured sequentially and they start with some general information, providing enough scientific background to support the following technical and quality details, leading to the production of the component and finally, rounding it all off with a bit of discussion.

A good next page for starters would be from here: Components of a Fountain Pen

Otherwise, go wild and click on a title in the Table of Content ⇒⇒

Your participation helps to improve this site and make it grow.  The easiest way is to write to me through my Contact Page.  For sure, my enthusiasm increases proportionally with your level of interest.  It is my wish that you get much pleasure from reading and discovering.

How does magic enter?  I love my work, am passionate about it and I highly care about the user of my product.


Amadeus W.

29 July 2014

PS: Recently I published the chapter on Caps.  Have a look, you won’t be disappointed, promise!

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2 thoughts on “Welcome to Fountain Pen Design

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