Fountain Pen Design

Function, Development, Construction and Fabrication

Welcome to Fountain Pen Design

… a collection of stories about my adventures when developing a fountain pen

It all started 1978 when a fountain pen model arrived at/on 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 to make it wright, right, write!

What is so special about Fountain Pens?  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 magic was a big hurdle to jump. I did jump, and the reward was magical.

And no stress!  You won’t find long tables of test results and only some scientific information.  The proof is in the pudding.  The pen works and is still sold in large quantities.


On this site, each topic starts with general information, followed by the scientific background, then technical and quality details and finally the production of the component.

Here is the Table of Content ⇒⇒
Click on a title to get there.

Your participation helps improve this site and 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.


Amadeus W.

29 July 2014

Mark Twain said this: “None of us can have as many virtues as the fountain-pen or half its cussedness, but we can try.”

How this site came to exist? Click on How it began.  It tells you about where I am coming from and my intentions.

You may wonder why there are no replies to the comments visitors have made.  I am in email contact with them, which does not take up space here and it is easier.

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13 thoughts on “Welcome to Fountain Pen Design

  1. I’m impressed, I have to admit. Rarely do I come across a blog
    that’s both educative and amusing, and let me tell you,
    you’ve hit the nail on the head. The problem is an issue that too few men and women are speaking intelligently about.
    I’m very happy I found this in my hunt for something regarding this.


  2. Trusted Insider’s Opinion. No matter what influencers say or do about product or service, they are already providing insider knowledge about the brand whether they mean to or not. This enhances brand credibility. The target audience get to see for themselves what kind of value your brand offers. You could stick with display ads to do the job but unlike influence marketing, they actually trust this person’s opinion.


  3. Your observations on and speculations on magnetism are interesting and suggest that experimentation might be appropriate regarding human exposure to magnetic fields of the strength you mention.
    On a personal note, my wife daughter and I all can feel the effects of the magnetic fields generated by long distance electrical transmission lines when we are near them and avoid them as it causes a slight headache for us. I literally avoid one road near us and take a different one due to this phenomenon. It feels like the headache one might get from drinking alcohol the next morning, something we also avoid due to it killing brain cells and feeling real bad.


    • Before testing this idea on humans one would need to perform the necessary tests. Even though, the effect of power lines on humans and most noticeable their brain is a known fact but ignored by those responsible for applying this technology (powerlines). I am sorry to hear that you and your wife are affected by this. Avoiding uncontrolled electromagnetic fields is highly recommended to every living being.


  4. Good afternon

    I am Dr Andrea Berardelli Ct. Pellegrini presently residing in Montreal Canada,
    Among other things I collect fountain pens. My particular interest is the actual mechanics and physics, geometry and fluid analysis and how it can be espoused with beauty, form and function. Your web site is one of my references and I thank you for the work you put into it. Most educational and entertaining.
    I have read with great interest the S .A. article on Gold Pen Makiing in the 19th C.
    I could not help but wonder if the Building at 718-720 Broadway N.Y. is there still.

    Well, have alook,+New+York,+NY+10003,+USA/@40.7289814,-73.9937721,3a,75y,77.29h,127.94t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQea-oT75rFrLTcDNlFfK-A!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!4m5!3m4!1s0x89c2599a8a569c9b:0x85e6a6efb9bdf400!8m2!3d40.7289927!4d-73.9933207

    I hope this finds you well, please accept my best regards

    Andrea Berardelli Ct. P.


    • Thank you very much for your praise. Comments like yours inspire me to write more, as there is more. At the moment I work on a chapter on the cap. And as always it turns out to be more involved than expected.

      I had a look at the photo but could not recognise it. They are all much narrower

      Thank you for your well wishes and I would like to return them to you. Amadeus W.


      • Your website is fantastic! I know you feed off reader feedback, sorry that I’m not leaving my actual email address, I just don’t do that on public bloggs because I don’t know how they are controlled, but it’s ok if I don’t get a personal reply… This is for you. I have been reading with avarice, as I don’t know how long I’ll have access to this extremely valuable information. Please tell your domain name registered and the sender online even if you don’t have time to finish the cap article, Wich I assume would be just as useful and high quality as the other pages. Thank you for the time and effort put into this site, I still have a lot to read as I’m just a few pages in. If nothing else, just maintain this web presence, it only costs like $10a year, $30 max (inflation by the time or read this, I dunno). You’re answer enough to find a good host, and the good hosts can change so no need to leave a link or brand name.

        And I also assume that there are plenty of readers who don’t take the time to pay like I am, so multiply me.


      • Thank you for your kind words. I don’t understand what you say about domains and registrations. That’s not my field of expertise. If you want to help me with this, or anyone else who reads this, I would most appreciate it.


  5. Hello again dear Amadeus W, I am Christian, or calamardino5, my mates are especting help you for enter Foro de Estilograficas… Even help about traduccion spanish- english
    I put some comments about your scientific background( very good)
    I hope you can read opinions in same place Foro you enter before,
    The best for you!


    • Hello dear Wolfang: I am chilean, live in Southamerica… Unfortunatly I dont speak german, I read you have 71 yrs We are a good douple!
      Spanish people is really warm, beside our blog Foro….. Very warm people…..
      Australia is a very modern country, I supousse health services are better there than Spain, health is a current problem at our age
      I would like to tell you something about my life, can I write you not so public place? Promes you not bother, I am a good prudent guy
      A huge for you
      Pd : Did you thought about sandblasting plastic feeders? ! That is other way low superficial tension


    • Hello : On Foro de Estilograficas are messages of wellcome for you
      I lost your last mail( your age and country), can you re-send it to me please?
      Best regards


  6. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, insights, and observations. As a biologist and chemist who has become more and more of an an amateur ingeneer each and everyday as I seek to understand how organisms functions, I am deeply impreesed by the clarity and detail of your explanation of fountain pen design, function, and associated topics. You recall me to my love of topics in physics and phyical chemistry.

    Reading your blogs is a life-changing, pleasant experience that causes me to reflect and yes, often smile.

    We have a few things in common as well: both my beloved and much-missed, beloved grandmothers were German, and I was also lucky enough to live for a year in Australia (in that Oz of the West, Perth).

    Please keep writing -I promise, I will keep reading.

    Charlotte, North Carolina USA


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