Fountain pen basics for beginners


Fountain pens are so much fun to write with! They can be quite intimidating at first but don’t you worry, you will get the hang of it in no time. I must that I was a little concerned about writing with a fountain pen as I am left-handed but shortly I got my first Lamy, all my doubts disappeared. It opened a whole new world to me and I am sure that you will love writing with these pens too!

Let’s dive right in!



Fountain pen ANATOMY


As soon as you look at the fountain pen, you will notice the cap with its clip attached and the barrel. Removing the cap will reveal the crucial parts of the pen – nib, feed, and grip. The nib has its own different parts:

  • base, body and shoulders
  • imprint – company/brand name or mark
  • breather hole – helps with the ink flow, it provides the space for air to travel back to the pen to replace the ink that is consumed while writing
  • slit – drives the ink to the tip/tipping material
  • tines – two sides of the nib divided by a slit
  • tip/tipping material – also known as iridium, it is a small ball shaped part of the nib that gets in contact with the paper

By unscrewing the barrel, you will find a cartridge or a converter. There are many types of converters – personally, I have experience with two types and those are the screw type piston converter and a sac filler.

I demonstrated how to use both of the above converters on the Between the steps YouTube channel; and in this video I walk you through the cleaning process and how to ink your new fountain pen so you can start writing!


List of my favourite supplies – click here


My favourite shop for fountain pens’ supplies in UK is The Writing Desk and for those of you who live in USA I would highly recommend The Goulet Pens company.