Fountain Pen Design

Function, Development, Construction and Fabrication

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Feeds from Plastic

Hello Fountain Pen Friends

Rubber was one of the first, if not the first plastic materials.  Ever since, the feed of a fountain pen was machined from this hard rubber.  And like often in tradition, things are done the way they always were done, because of that very reason, no questions asked.

Plastics came with the advantage that they can be moulded, a process not only much cheaper than machining but also more precise, thus, delivering more consistent quality of performance.  Even though, feeds were still machined from rubber, supported by the conviction, that they were better.

Better in what?  How was it substantiated?  Click here and have a read.


Enjoy and explore
Amadeus W. Penmacher



Brisbane, 2:30 AM, 28 February 2015




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A new Chapter completed: How to… for Nibs

Hello Fountain Pen Friends

I like to tell you, that for now at least, the final chapter on nibs has been completed.  Here, I talk about, how all the technicalities we discussed before, are applied to the design of nibs.

I hope, you will have many questions, so I can answer them and be sure that you got the idea.  But first, I would like to invite you to visit this page

How to… for Nibs

and as always

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Material Technology and…

Hi everyone

During the last few weeks I have been involved in several forum topics pertaining the function of nibs.  I found some mix up on words, used to describe the function of nibs and the characteristics of materials.

I commented on this, but then I thought it would be much better to write about it more explicitly and show with diagrams what actually is going on.  I hope, you find the article helpful.  You can get there by clicking here

Material Technology

Amadeus W. Penmacher