The Invention of the Fountain Pen
Who invented the first fountain pen? Most people think it was Lewis Waterman. Waterman writing instruments are still highly collectible today. However, it was Petrache Poenaru who patented the first fountain pen on May 25th, 1827. Poenaru wanted a way to continue note-taking without stopping to dip for ink while he was attending school in Paris.
Update: Note from a reader: Frederick Fölsch, who applied for the first fountain pen patent in England in 1809, is frequently credited with creating the fountain pen. But the origins of this wonderful writing tool have a much more complex and intricate history.
Waterman’s patent in 1884 was for an improvement on the existing fountain pen. The patented design allowed ink to be fed to the nib by gravity. This occurred while the air was being drawn into the reservoir. The process allowed a constant flow of ink without flooding.
Several early attempts at nibs, the tip of the pen that does the writing, have little channels that held ink. Unfortunately, they were not a reliable way to regulate the ink coming down from the reservoir.
Nibs and Tips
Fine writing instruments evolved with iridium-tipped gold nibs. Specifically, Iridium is a hard metal that allows for many years of writing without wearing down the nib. Plus, the gold was flexible enough to give lettering some character.
After the gold and iridium-tipped nibs were invented, the ink-filling mechanisms evolved. Subsequently, retractable nibs were introduced. The fountain pens of today are largely iterations of the pens made in the early 20th century with modernized filling mechanisms.
The invention of the fountain pen brought writing to the masses. I think I’ll start practicing my calligraphy again!
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