Fountain Pen Day is celebrated on every first Friday in November. The Day reminds the elegance of the fountain pen and encourages us to pick up the fountain pen and put it our souls to paper. Fountain Pen Day is celebrated worldwide by enthusiasts as a time to embrace, promote, and share the use of fountain pens.
“My two fingers on a typewriter have never connected with my brain. My hand on a pen does. A fountain pen, of course. Ball-point pens are only good for filling out forms on a plane.” – Graham Greene
History of Fountain Pen Day
In 2012, www.fountainpenday.org created the Fountain Pen Day to welcome, support, and share the use of fountain pens in day-to-day life, as well to help the revive handwriting as a whole. The instruments used for writing have gone through some massive changes throughout history. Initially, chisels were used to mark stone, a bit of papyrus reed to point out the shapes of cuneiform, or pieces of charcoal used to print words on pieces of Birch Bark or bits of leaf. Then with the help of plant matter, animals, iron, and extract of Oak galls, the Ink was created. Ink required a fresh tool, and that tool was originally the dip quill pen, a bit of feather with a carefully made nib to draw up the ink and transfer it to paper. It was an incredible innovation at that period, and it stayed for extended years. As the day goes on, the innovation without constant dipping and constant recutting of the nib is required by the peoples to save more time. Then the fountain pen comes into existence in 1636, combining an excellent reservoir of ink with a metal nib that did not require constant recut of the nib. The world of writing was changed forever, and it took 300 years for the innovation to come along that overshadowed it. The fountain pens may be overshadowed, but still, it is the writing utensils of choice for peoples who prefer the traditional, beautiful and elegant method of writing. Hence Fountain Pen Day honors this writing tool with the long, and ongoing, history.
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How to Celebrate the Day
The best way to celebrate Fountain Pen Day is going out and get yourself a new fountain pen. There are other ways to celebrate the day.
- Write a letter to someone with your favourite fountain pen. Under the signature, you can mention the pen and link that you used in the letter.
- Go through your paper collection and use some of those you have saved for a particular occasion. Surprise the friend with that vintage paper.
- You can make up an FPD “intro to fountain pens” pack for a friend like this.
Share your thoughts on the social media’s by using the hashtag #FountainPenDay.
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