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East vs. West
Aug 25

Choose Your Fountain Pen Style Preference There are many fascinating differences between Eastern and Western culture. If you have every traveled abroad, perhaps you have personally experienced culture shock. For example, did you know: Most East Asian countries don’t offer gratuity. In many Asian countries, it is not seen as an expected courtesy to hold a door open for the person following you. Throughout most of Asia, citizens are not likely to smile, or speak to strangers. Are you surprised then, to learn, that there are even fundamental differences in fountain pen manufacturing in Eastern and Western countries? Consider these...

Broken Nibs and Broken Hearts
Aug 24

How to Prevent Fountain Pen Nib Breaks, and What to Do if it Happens to You A fountain pen is an investment. It is a product and a tool of value, and like any valued investment, it should be well maintained and protected. In reality, however, accidents happen. Fountain pen nibs are breakable, a devastation that can happen simply from applying too much pressure during use. To give your fountain pen nib the best chance possible for a long, and productive existence, follow the tips below. If you find yourself the victim of a break, we have some tips for...

Ballpoint vs. Gel vs. Rollerball vs. Fountain Pens
Aug 23

The Great Debate   At Notedian, we are of course partial to fountain pens – their tradition, their elegance, and their versatility. It is our goal, however, to provide you with an objective review of all writing implements. If you’re still trying to decide which type of product is best suited to serve as your go-to reliable writing tool, consider the pros and cons of all three options. Then, decide for yourself which is right for you.   Not surprisingly if you are a fan of our blog, you already know that when it comes to pens of any kinds,...

Why You Should Be Using Bleed-Proof Paper
Aug 18

Especially with Your Fountain Pen If you are the type to write on both sides of the paper in your daily notebook, then choosing a bleed-proof paper is a must. There can be no greater feeling of writing-related disappointment than when you flip over a page in a new notebook only to find that the ink from your pen had bled through to the back-side of the page, rendering it unusable. If you are a fountain pen user, then this may be an experience you have had all too many times. If you want to maximize your notebook space without...

Why the Fascination with Fountain Pens?
Aug 17

In so many ways we are a nation of convenience. We choose fast food, drive-through pharmacies, and streaming videos. In a nation that values efficiencies, easy-access, and speed, why are we so enamored by fountain pens? These traditional writing implements are certainly not the most convenient option available for those looking to write a quick note. Unlike plastic, disposable ballpoint and gel pens, fountain pens must be well-maintained. They must be cleaned, refilled, protected, and refilled again. Still, millions of us choose to write, draw, sketch, and create exclusively with fountain pens.   Why the fascination with these higher maintenance...

Why Details Make the Difference for Leuchtturm1917 Notebooks
Aug 10

Leuchtturm is German for lighthouse. It is also the name of one of the highest quality stationery suppliers and notebook brands on the market. The Leuchtturm company was founded in 1917. In 1948 it was re-established in Hamburg. The company grew in popularity and market share over the decades, and by the 1960s Leuchtturm had become the world’s leading supplier of postage stamp and coin albums. Management of the company was taken on by Axel and Max Stürken during the late 1990s. At the time, Axel and Max marked the fourth generation of the Hanseatic family to run the popular...