The One That Started it All

Conway Stewart 58 in Amethyst

Conway Stewart 58 in Amethyst

The first fountain pen I really loved writing with is my Conway Stewart 58 in Amethyst. In June, 2004, my husband and I took a very fun trip to Washington DC with some friends. In order to commemorate such an occasion, I decided I would look for a very nice pen at Fahrney’s Pens. This one fit the bill perfectly. It was not my first fountain pen, but it was the first one where I managed to hit upon the perfect pen+ink+paper combination. Along with the pen, I also bought a bottle of Private Reserve Ink in Plum. I wish I could remember the paper I was using at the time, but I don’t. I do know that I finally understood what the fuss about fountain pens was all about. There is something about a good fountain pen gliding across a sheet of paper that is magical. Some people describe the experience as butter on glass.

Writing in butter on a glass plate - very smooth.

Writing in butter on a glass plate – very smooth.

Thankfully, fountain pens are much neater. After finding this magical formula, I started reading  every issue of Pen World magazine and joined the message boards at Pentrace.net. It opened up a whole new world. I discovered that not only are there others out there who love writing instruments, there is an entire pen community. It was a real eye-opener. Through Pentrace I started learning how to take care of fountain pens, what the best brands are, and that pen people are cool. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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