… a collection of stories about my adventures developing a fountain pen in the late seventies
It was in the middle of the year 1978 when a fountain pen model landed on my desk in my laboratory. Actually, they were two models of the same pen, each made from a solid piece of painted Perspex and wires. One showed the pen as it would look with the cap on and the other one without a cap, an appearance model we call it in the trade.
It took almost three years for the “penwright” (me, the ingeneer) to not only fill the pen’s interior to make it write but also, to circumnavigate the design (shape) hurdles the designer (shaper) had placed on its path, hindering completion; of course not intentionally but by naif ignorance. At your leisure, I recommend your lecture of the book about the Lorelei sitting on a rock in the middle of the fast-flowing River Rhine. Just like that.
There is a reason for this spelling of ingeneer
Before I rattle on, in the sidebar (right) the second item from the top is the google translator. I tried the German translation, and it turned out quite readable. Therefore, if reading English causes you to stumble a bit, try it.
Let’s begin the journey. What is so special about Fountain Pens? As you keep on reading along, you will discover, it’s a miracle that they work at all. Building something on such aloof grounds was a big hurdle to jump for an ingeneer who likes rising from a solid foundation. Did it work out? Have a read, and you will find out. (It sure did; who wants to write about something which didn’t?)
Now, about this site: No stress! You won’t find long tables of test results but information you will find helpful for understanding fountain pens’ function. Each topic unravels in a similar way. After introducing you to some general information, I continue with providing enough scientific background so that you can follow my explanations on the technical and quality details of form and function, as well as the production of the components pertaining to this topic. Finally, a chapter will be rounded off, with a bit of discussion.
A good starting step for a novice would be from this page: Components of a Fountain Pen (PS: coloured bold, italic text indicates a link to a place on this site if not mentioned otherwise, Wikipedia, quite often.)
Otherwise, go wild and click on any title in the Table of Content ⇒⇒
How does magic enter into the design of a pen? I love my work, am passionate about it and I highly care about the user of my product. And for now, it is my wish that you get much pleasure from reading and discovering.
29 July 2014
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