Fountain Pen 101

When you're first starting out with fountain pens, it can be confusing trying to understand how they work and what you need to know to get started. So we set up this Fountain Pen 101 series to make it easier to learn the basics of fountain pen use so that you spend less time struggling and more time having fun!

Fountain pen nibs

As of 2023, our newly refreshed Fountain Pen 101 series is a set of 5 videos. You can watch the YouTube videos right here, or view in our detailed blog articles with additional information.

Part 1: What is a Fountain Pen?

In this first episode of Fountain Pen 101, Brian Goulet walks you through the basics of what a fountain pen is, and how it works differently than a rollerball or ballpoint pen. Welcome to the wonderful world of fountain pens! We're glad you found us!

Part 2: How Does a Fountain Pen Work?

In this second episode, we give you an in-depth look at the parts and the terminology you'll find with a fountain pen, including a quick overview of different filling mechanisms.

Part 3: How to Clean a Fountain Pen

In this third episode, we give you a step-by-step walkthrough on how to clean your fountain pens - both the simple and the advanced methods!

Part 4: Fountain Pen Nibs Explained

In this fourth episode, we go deep into fountain pen nibs – how they work, different sizes and how they write, steel vs gold materials, and more!

Part 5: How to Write with a Fountain Pen

In this final fifth episode, Brian reviews the simple yet important best practices for actually USING your pen! Follow these steps and you'll be sure to enjoy your writing experience.

Ready to learn more? Check out our fountain pen Beginner's Guide on our blog.

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