Today in History: February 8




Is when

Waterman invented

His fountain pen.*


* "Lewis Waterman used the capillarity principle to create his first pen. It used air to induce a steady and even flow of ink. His idea was to add an air hole in the nib and three grooves inside the feed mechanism. He christened his pen "the Regular" and decorated it with wood accents, obtaining a patent for it in 1884".  []

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  • I never could figure out the difference between black and blue black ink. Also, it's been about 50 years since I used a fountain pen (the web says one can still get Parker fountain pen cartridges). All that guilt imposed on me about possibly splitting the tip.

  • You can still get Waterman pens! Great post, AW!

  • Ahh, the dear old days when "regular" was a compliment. Still, I'm not a fountain pen fan as a left-hander -- I own one, but it's very difficult because it's (of course) backwards. I had left-handed calligraphy nibs for an art course in high school, but I've given my fountain pen a rough ride. Still, it's here after thirteen years, which beats a Bic or Paper Mate.

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