Fountain Pens and Ink

Appropriate answers to awkward questions: a pen person’s field guide to holiday socializing.

“…and this is my friend with the pen collection!” “…sleigh bells ring, are you listening…” “She collects fountain pens, can you imagine that?” “Oh really? What kind of pens?” “…” Like ink stains, holiday parties happen to pen people. Deprived of the companionable silence of fellow nib-gazers, pen people turn into hard starters, struggling to …

Happy ebonite.

Ever since there were fountain pens, there were ebonite fountain pens. Ebonite or vulcanite or hard rubber remains a nostalgic, classic material, evoking pens as they were first made in the late 1800s. Below, from top to bottom: a giant Ranga (modern), John Holland hatchet filler (vintage),  Waterman 55 (vintage), Danitrio raw ebonite (modern). Many …