Fountain Pen Faux Pas: Common Mistakes to Avoid

March 01, 2024

Fountain Pen Faux Pas: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Fountain pens, those elegant writing instruments, have a certain allure that can't be denied.

From the smooth flow of ink to the sophisticated design, using a fountain pen can elevate your writing experience.

However, like any tool, it's important to understand how to use it properly to avoid potential mishaps.

As your trusted online stationary retailer, we're here to guide you through some of the biggest mistakes you might make with a fountain pen.

Common Fountain Pen Mistakes to Avoid

Neglecting Proper Maintenance

All fountain pens require regular maintenance to ensure smooth and consistent performance.

One common mistake is neglecting to clean your pen regularly.

Ink residue can build up over time, leading to clogged nibs and poor ink flow. To prevent this, flush your pen with water every few weeks and clean the nib with a soft cloth.

Using the Wrong Paper

Fountain pens work best on smooth, high-quality paper that absorbs ink evenly. Using cheap or rough paper can cause feathering and bleeding, resulting in messy writing.

Brands like LAMY offer notebooks with quality you can trust ensuring a flawless writing experience.

Applying Too Much Pressure

Unlike ballpoint pens, fountain pens require a light touch.

Applying too much pressure can damage the nib and cause ink blotting.

Let the weight of the pen and gravity do the work for you, and enjoy the effortless glide of the nib across the page.

Ignoring Ink Compatibility

Not all fountain pen inks are created equal.

Some inks may contain particles or additives that can clog your pen's feed.

Stick to high-quality, fountain pen-friendly inks from reputable brands like Pilot to avoid potential issues.

It's always a good idea to stick to the fountain pen ink from the brand of your fountain pen.

Skipping the Test Run

Before committing to a new ink or paper, always do a test run.

Write a few lines to check for feathering, bleeding, and drying time. This simple step can save you from potential frustration down the line.

Storing Incorrectly

Proper storage is key to maintaining your fountain pen's performance.

Store your pen vertically with the nib pointing up to prevent ink from pooling and drying out.

Invest in a pen case or holder to keep your pens safe and organised, whether you're at home or on the go.


By avoiding these common mistakes, you can enjoy the full benefits of writing with a fountain pen.

Whether you prefer the timeless design of LAMY, the precision engineering of Pilot, or the artistic flair of Caran d'Ache, we have a wide selection of fountain pens and accessories to suit your style.

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