Well, according to the Pen Company, a popular blog for stationery enthusiasts, they are thriving. And they’re a welcome comeback after our hyper-connected smartphones have managed to turn one third of the global population into social media addicts.
- Eco-friendly: durable if cared for, bottled ink is refillable and recyclable.
- Brain tool: writing by hand improves language processing and fine motor skills but fountain pens also work with low pressure, so ideal for those with hand cramping or arthritis.
- Customisable: easily personalised, or can be made bespoke, using an artwork of your choice.
- Neat: produce a nicer handwriting than ballpoint pens.
- Prestigious: project a respectable image (we have a theory how this came about, and no, it’s not all about the price tag; read on).
- Practical: modern fountain pens don’t leak; and we are proud to have pioneered the first non-leaking ink filling mechanism.
Most importantly, in this digital age writing by hand encourages the formation of positive habits and in turn, promotes well-being. It nurtures soulful explorations as well as clear thinking. According to a Forbes article, it even leads to success in achieving goals, which could explain fountain pens’ “prestige” image.
Psychology expert and researcher Dr Jordan Peterson says that:
“It appears possible that writing, which is a formalized form of thinking, helps people derive information from their experiences…Clarifying purpose and meaning into the future helps improve positive emotion, which is associated with movement towards important goals.”
It is more likely of course to be a gift upon achieving a professional milestone. Either way, there is a sacred ritual and care involved in journaling and looking after your fountain pen. And that shows commitment to your daily routines.