The Wonderful World of Waterman


If you know fine pens, you know Waterman. Poetry, movement, and design define the Waterman brand, and those concepts are evident in each piece produced from the pen powerhouse. These fine writing instruments are skillfully made in France and creatively echo the genius of the brand’s founder, Lewis Edson Waterman. Waterman invented the world’s first […]

Fountain Pen Basics: Skipping

When I bought my first fountain pen twelve years ago, I plunged into a completely new world of writing. Because I’d only used ballpoint pens before, I encountered problems without names. Fountain Pen Basics are posts for new fountain pen users who are learning the ropes. The series will introduce fountain pen terminology by […]

Ink Spotlight: Private Reserve

Last week, I wrote about one of the most vexing problems for new fountain pen users–feathering. Feathering is an indistinct or fuzzy line caused by ink seeping into the paper fibers. Often feathering will look like tiny little lines branching off of your letters. Bad feathering may make it impossible to read your own handwriting. […]

An Examination of Fountain Pen Ink and Feeds

This post is second in a series about the technical aspects of fountain pens. — by Tracy McCusker


In an effort to educate readers about fountain pens, I have embarked on a series of articles about their technical aspects. In last week’s article, I listed the three factors that affect the writing experience with […]