The Notedian Blog

Dec 26

“I see you’re writing with a fountain pen. I have to ask…are fountain pens really worth it?” How many times have you been asked that question while genteelly and comfortably taking notes in a café, or in a boardroom, or in your own office? We understand why those who have never used a fountain pen feel compelled to ask the question. It’s possible, that all they know about fountain pens is that they are more expensive than a plastic ballpoint pen, and require more maintenance. Here are three responses to give, the next time someone asks the “is it worth...

Dec 22

One of the greatest advantages of fountain pens is the versatility that they offer. On any given day, you can choose the color of your ink and the thickness of your line­—something no ballpoint pen can offer. Choosing your preferred fountain pen ink represents a more complex choice than simply black versus blue, however. One must choose the brand and color, which impacts other factors such as the viscosity and drying time. One must also choose either bottled ink, or disposable cartridges. While you may already have a firm preference when it comes to your favorite ink filling mechanism, if...

Dec 21

You’re sitting in a meeting, waiting for it to start. You pull out your vibrant orange Rhodia notebook and set it on the table. You place next to it your Lamy AL-Star Fountain Pen and patiently wait for the rest of your team to convene. As colleagues arrive, several of them pull out of their bags and briefcases laptops and tablets. The clunky devices thud as they are set on the table and hum softly as they power-up. Throughout the meeting, you find yourself districted by the incessant click-clack typing sounds, along with the sounds of finger tips rapidly striking tablet screens. You find...

Dec 20

If you feel the same way we do, then you can’t imagine your life without your fountain pen. We owe the greatest thanks for the advancement of our favorite writing tool to the inventor, Lewis Waterman. In honor of the man who revolutionized the fountain pen, we offer a brief history of his life and retell how Waterman became the inventor of the modern day fountain pen. Lewis Edson Waterman was born in 1837 in Decatur, New York. In his early working days, he held jobs as a shorthand instructor, book salesperson, and an insurance agent. We do not know...

Dec 19

Anyone can use a fountain pen (and we think everyone should), but to truly master the use of a fountain pen, you need to take the time to understand some basic fundamentals, including how to minimize the chances of your fountain pen ink bleeding through your paper. Bleeding occurs when your fountain pen’s ink lines absorb deeply into the paper and are exposed on the reverse side of the page. In the worst cases, the ink can bleed right through and soak the sheets underneath. There are several factors that can impact fountain pen bleeding, including the fountain pen nib,...

Dec 18

If you’re reading this blog, then you don’t need to be convinced of the benefits of hand-written correspondence over digital technology. The feeling of ink gliding across the page, the personal feeling you can convey in a handwritten note, and the ability to produce a handwriting style that is unique and not simply a font chosen from a drop-down menu, are incomparable. For those who suffer from Arthritis, the prospect of handwriting becoming a painful experience can be devastating. Many individuals who suffer from Arthritis, or other painful hand, wrist, joint, and muscle conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, have...