Artistry of Fountain Pens

Swapnil Suresh Jagtap MBBS, MD
Senior Resident, Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow

In an age dominated by digital communication and rapid technological advancement, where keyboards and touchscreens dominate our interactions with words, the fountain pen remains an enduring symbol of elegance, craftsmanship, and tradition. In 1827, Romanian inventor Petrache Poenaru patented a fountain pen design, featuring a barrel made from a swan’s quill and a small internal reservoir. 

Furthermore, fountain pens possess a distinct sense of nostalgia and romanticism that harkens back to a bygone era. It serves as a reminder of a time when elegance and personal connection were valued above convenience and efficiency. The English author, Graham Greene once said “My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course.”

For me, fountain pens represent more than just writing instruments; they are gateways to creativity, expression, and self-discovery. Moreover, fountain pens offer a level of customization and personalization that is unparalleled. From the nib size and shape to the ink colour and flow, every aspect of the writing experience can be tailored to suit individual preferences in an eco-friendly way.

As a fountain pen lover, I have collected a few fountain pens over the years and Fountain pen aficionados know that it’s not about the number of pens you have, but the passion you hold for each one. Collecting fountain pens is more than just a hobby—it’s a journey of discovery, craftsmanship, and self-expression. Each pen tells its own story, reflecting your unique tastes and preferences. Whether you have a modest collection or a diverse array, what matters most is the joy and appreciation you derive from each fountain pen in your possession.

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of interest in fountain pens worldwide, In India, this revival has been particularly pronounced, with several homegrown companies leading the charge like Ratnamson Pens (legacy of 80 years), Ranga Pens (Specializing in handmade ebonite and acrylic pens), Kanpur Writers, Asa Pens, Unique Pen Industries and recently Vazir and Lotus Pens have made their debut in the market.