When I was little I would play around with some calligraphy sets my parents got me and I loved it. I’ve always written in cursive, well ever since I was able to. And watching how the nib would enhance my lettering amazed me. However one thing I didn’t like was the sound of the nib on the paper, the scratching sound got on my nerves. Big time. I heard about fountain pens but for some reason was never really interested in them, possibly a combination of the risk of leaking combined with the scratchiness I was used to.
Then my friend showed me his fountain pen and I tried it out. Absolutely nothing like I thought it would be. And that pushed me to order my first fountain pen; a TWSBI Eco. I love it, I now use it over every other pen I own. Feathering and dry time be damned.
One of the things that attracted me to fountain pens was being about to refill them and have the ink consistency across a book. I’ve had times in the past when I’ve fallen in love with a pen and then it runs out of ink and I can never find a replacement. Or I find one I like and hoard so many I lose them and have to revert to different pen. Using a fountain pen I can at least guarantee a bottle of ink is going to look the same across one notebook. And then I can buy more ink, and providing I chose the right company and shade it should at least last me until I find another ink I like.
Although I said feathering and dry time be damned they are major annoyances for me. I prefer paper which doesn’t feather; surprisingly normal printing paper and then I use Tomoe River Paper and Rhodia paper. Dry time is lengthened on TMR and R paper and I find having a piece of paper over the top when I close the book helps prevent smudging, especially blotting paper.
So now I’m pretty much exclusively using my fountain pen as my daily writer, and it goes with me everywhere.