In late September, I started writing Christmas cards. Usually, I would use a gel pen because of the look of the ink. But this time, I opted for a fountain pen. Deb, a longtime supporter of the Oblates, had learned that I liked sending cards. She gave two fountain pens.
The first time I handled the pens, I got ink onto my hands. A YouTube search brought up Left Out, a video series by the Goulet Pen Company. Lydia advises left-handers on using fountain pens.
One suggestion is to doodle to be comfortable with the feel of the pen. It was fun doodling. It tapped into my childhood. After a few practices, I learned how to hold the pen to ensure contact with the paper.
I enjoyed writing with a fountain pen. The ink comes out smoothly and the lines look elegant. My fondness for gel pens must have been a desire to imitate a fountain pen. It makes me tempted to use it as an everyday pen. ALMOST.