The urge to put thoughts into words has been there in mankind since centuries. Right from engraving on the stones and trees to creating a blog, man has always found a means to write and let his opinions known to the world. In this evolution of writing the role of fountain pens is quite important. To this elegant tool for writing we owe to Lewis Waterman who found a practical way to write with a pen where the ink literally flows on to the paper. However, though it was Waterman who first got the patent for such a pen in 1884, writing tools with a reservoir to carry the necessary ink have existed even since a century before 1884.

Various records have shown that the oldest fountain pen was designed by Mr. Bion, a Frenchman, in 1702. Jacob Parker is known to have patented the first self-filling fountain pen in 1831. While these early fountain pens are known to have a lot of problems, mainly ink spills, the one by Waterman became the first fountain pen to have no such issues as Waterman added air holes to the nib to avoid spills.

Today, fountain pens are made with different materials like wood, plastic, silver and even gold. Some of them even come studded with diamonds. Though writing is slowly giving way to typing on computers, a fountain pen is still a favourite for many, and there are even people who collect fountain pens. Sometimes you’ll find them with prints and designs to add elegance to these pens.

Besides the elegance they add to your collection, fountain pens are best known for the clarity and durability they provide. For purposes like adding signatures to documents, fountain pens are the best. Here are some other benefits of using fountain pens:

• They are cost effective in the long run.
• They can add a style and character to your writing.
• They are environment friendly.

Fountain pens can make the writing smooth and thus gives you a comfortable feeling. Training children to write with fountain pens can not only make their handwriting better but also let them enjoy writing.

There are many lovers for fountain pens. A mere search on the Web can give more interesting and amusing facts about fountain pens. A fountain pen in your possession can not only be a proud addition to your collectibles but also be a good item to be passed on to your children and grandchildren.