Readers of the blog may have noticed I am into wood pencils. My wife calls me a "pencil nerd." Whatever. Even though I prefer to do the vast majority of my writing with graphite there is always the need for pens. My go-to for fine writing in pen has been the Moma Muji pen from Japan. No bleed, quick dry. They are fantastic. But as I have been working on my penmanship people have been pressuring me to pick up a fountain pen. After doing some reading on the subject I finally pulled the trigger and picked up the Nova fountain pen by Namisu.
Aesthetically, this thing is a work of art. Its minimalist, satin black design appealed to me right away. The Nova is precision-machined from solid aluminum. I don't have the money or interest in adopting a fountain pen collection, but will probably pick up one more.
Why a fountain pen?
I picked up a fountain pen for a few reasons. One, it encourages better penmanship by requiring a specific hold and lighter touch when writing. Second, it feels good to write with a fountain pen. This is why I enjoy writing with pencils. The experience itself is satisfying. Third, it's something I can keep for the rest of my life and hand down to my kids.
If you wan to jump in go economical and pick up something not too expensive, check out the Lamy Safari and the German made Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen. I almost went with of those. As I write this Namisu is currently sold out of the Novas.
For more on fountain pens check out this Primer on Fountain Pens via The Art of Manliness, and How To Write with a Fountain Pen via Jet Pens.