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.

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.


I have structured the topics through starting with general information, providing enough scientific background to support the technical and quality details, leading to the production of the component and finally, rounding it all off with a bit of discussion.

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.

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

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 this Site was initiated.

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3 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. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, insights, and observations. As a biologist and chemist who has become more and more of an amateur ingeneer each and every day as I seek to understand how organisms functions, I am deeply impressed 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 physical chemistry.

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

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

    Charlotte, North Carolina USA


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