The Fountain Pen – Classic writing instrument

History was written with a Fountain Pen

Whether love letters, poems, or major historical documents such as the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence of the United States – their written words all have the curved appearance of a fountain pen. The fountain pen remains closely associated with our writing culture to this day. It combines an individual writing style with a soft, curved look.


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ZOOM 101  fountain pen
Fountain Pen

ZOOM 101 fountain pen

Lightweight fountain pen: Writing instruments from the Carbon Collection weigh only around 15 g.
ZOOM 505 Havanna Fountain Pen
Fountain Pen

ZOOM 505 Havanna Fountain Pen

Timeless classic: The Havanna fountain pen is amazing with its pure and simple design that never goes out of fashion. Its pleasant weightiness and the rubber grip zone make writing a real pleasure.
Nib width selectable

The origin and function of the Fountain Pen

The history of the fountain pen goes back to the 16th century. The fountain pen’s predecessor was the quill, which was used to hold the ink. It was not until February 12, 1884 that Lewis Edson Waterman patented the fountain pen as we know it today. 

It is easy to explain how it works: Due to the capillary effect, a metal nib releases the ink inside the fountain pen (in cartridges or plungers) onto the paper. As a result, a fountain pen writes slower than other writing instruments. The ink can be removed from the paper using an ink eraser. 

Children in many countries still learn how to write with a cheaper version of the fountain pen (usually made of plastic) today. High-quality fountain pens are often used as a luxurious gift, collector’s item, or investment. 

Plungers or cartridges – What’s the difference?

Fountain pens are available with two different filling systems – ink cartridges or ink plungers. Ink cartridges are usually made of plastic and can be changed quickly and easily. The empty ink cartridge is simply replaced with a new one. In this context, you should make sure that the ink cartridge is compatible with the respective fountain pen. It is often difficult to switch between different manufacturers. 

With plunger fountain pens, the ink is pumped into the fountain pen via an inkwell and can be refilled at any time. This is more environmentally friendly and allows you to refill the pen with your choice of ink. 

The plunger converter is the bridge between the two systems. It converts a cartridge fountain pen into a plunger fountain pen, giving you maximum flexibility. 

The Nib makes all the difference

The tip of the fountain pen – the nib – is available in different materials, shapes, and widths. The size of the nib has considerable influence on the appearance of the writing. It must be selected based on your own individual writing style. If the nib is too small, you may get the feeling that you are scratching the paper and that your writing does not look consistent. In contrast, however, some people have a very delicate writing style that favors the lightness of a narrow nib. Tombow fountain pens are available in nib sizes F = fine, M = medium, and W = wide. 

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