For many months, I felt that I did not really belong in the pen and paper world - for the simple reason that I had never owned or used a fountain pen. On nearly every pen blog that I could find, there were people raving about fountain pens and inks and I didn't have a clue what they were talking about.
However, this is the case no longer. I am now the proud owner of my very first fountain pen, even if it is simply a Platinum Preppy that only cost me $3 at JetPens. I was absurdly excited about it when it first arrived, and couldn't wait to start writing with it.
This is not going to be a proper review, since I have not used any other fountain pens to compare this one to. Rather, I would like to share with you my thoughts on using a fountain pen for the first time.
First, I received a minor shock when I realized that I had insert the cartridge myself before using it. Being used to pens that are ready to write with as soon as you take them out of the package, I was at first a bit puzzled at what to do. However, inserting the cartridge proved to be very simple to do, and I experienced no difficulties.
Second, it is going to take me some time to get used to holding the pen in only one position while writing. I keep unconsciously rotating it in my hand as I normally do and then wondering why the pen has stopped writing. The Preppy has a completely smooth plastic grip which does not make this easier, and to make things worse, the top and bottom sections of the pen occasionally start coming unscrewed (probably because of my unconscious rotating of the pen) and then the pen will begin rattling in an alarming way until I realize what has happened and screw it together again. As I said, this will take me some time.
Third, the blue black ink is much lighter than I expected; I quite like this colour and it seems to be exactly the same shade as denim jeans. When I write with it, portions of the line are darker and portions are lighter; I'm sure there is a technical term for this. I like the effect - it gives depth to my writing.
Fourth, the feel of the pen while writing with it is very different from a ballpoint or gel pen or any other pen that I have ever used. It is very hard to describe and probably only other people who have used a fountain pen will know what I'm talking about.
I'm sure that I still have many things to learn about fountain pens and inks before becoming a true fountain pen addict, if I even ever will be. But at least I know now a little bit more about fountain pens, and finally feel as though I really belong in the world of pens and paper.
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