Fountain pen writing exercises: How to Write with a Fountain Pen

How to improve your handwriting | Life and style

My handwriting has been deteriorating for at least a decade, but last year was a tipping point. My brain seemed to stop connecting to my pen; I found myself missing out letters and scrawling in handwriting that was often illegible, my hand aching from the effort. It was better when I was eight years old.

You might wonder if it’s worth the effort to improve it – after all, haven’t computers and smartphones made handwriting pretty much redundant? I don’t think so. It is a fundamental way to make our mark, some sort of calling card, an aspect of our personality stamped in ink in a way it never can be on email. If I need to remember something, I still write it down rather than type it. But more importantly, I love sending and receiving handwritten letters and thank-you cards. There’s something delightful about recognising the sender even as the envelope sits on the mat.

Cherrell Avery, once a calligrapher-in-residence at the V&A, gives handwriting lessons to adults, and believes it is perfectly possible, even in adulthood, to change your style completely and adopt, say, an italic hand – although all I’m after are techniques to improve its legibility, make it more attractive on the page, and lessen the discomfort. In a 90-minute introductory class, Cherrell assessed my writing and set me homework. It made an immediate difference, but real change takes daily practice. Here’s what I learned:

1. Choose the right pen

Before you write a word, think about your pen. I usually write with a thin Hi-Tec rollerball, but Cherrell thinks I might have more control with my writing if I try a thicker barrelled pen, which will help to extend the fingers and loosen my super-tense grip (hence my aching hands). We work our way through a range of brightly coloured ergonomic pens meant for young children. A lurid orange pen by Stabilo with a dimpled grippy barrel and a medium to slow ink flow feels perfect. My hand relaxes and when I start to write, the letters flow across the page.

2. Check your posture

Sit with your back straight, feel flat on the floor, legs uncrossed. Relax your hand and arm. Shake your hand until it feels floppy. Breathe. Many children curve their arm around the page while writing, but handwriting benefits from sitting up straight, with your forearm resting on the table, so that the arm moves the fingers rather than the wrist.

3. Pick the right paper

Write on lined paper, but make sure the lines aren’t too narrow: Cherrell advises that writing much larger than normal helps to make sure letters are formed properly. You can shrink it down again when things have improved. A thick pad may distort your posture, so tear a few pages out or use a thinner pad. I started with traditional school writing paper, which has lines to make sure the body of the letter is formed correctly with the right height for ascenders and descenders.

4. Slow down

Cherrell says I write much too fast, probably because I’m trying to keep up with the speed I can type. Unless you are in an exam and forced to rush, there’s no need to write at a galloping speed. Letter formation takes care.

5. Examine your writing

Take a sheet of lined paper and write the alphabet, aiming to join every letter. Focus on which letters you have the most trouble with. Do your Os look like Qs, or vice versa? Are some letters not properly formed? Perhaps your a and g are left open at the top, so they can be confused with u or y. Circle the letters you’re not happy with and work on improving those. Does your handwriting slope backwards or forwards, or is it upright? A traditional hand-writing style slopes slightly forwards so it guides the reader’s eye in the direction they are reading.

6. Check the heights of your letters

Letters must be the correct height in relation to each other – if the height of your letters are wrong, your writing will be difficult to read. My ascenders and descenders are all over the place. My letter k, for example, has a tiny ascender, while my g , j and y have massive descenders that invade the line below, making my writing look cramped. Cherrell made me practice each letter again and again until I’d got it right.

7. Let yourself doodle

Making relaxing scribbles on a page will help your writing style, by training your hand and eye to work together, and also teaching your pen to skim across the page smoothly and easily. Use spare moments to practise this – it’s actually strangely relaxing.

8. Copy handwriting you like

If you particularly admire a different style, get some tracing paper and start to copy it – the more you imitate a particular way of writing, the easier it will be to bring elements of that into your own script.

9. Start a journal

Starting a daily journal will give you a reason to practise your handwriting every day – if only for five minutes. Little and often is best.

10. Persevere

“Your handwriting will change,” says Cherrell, “but sometimes it looks worse before it gets better. Your spelling may also go to pot as the artistic side of your brain takes over temporarily. Don’t worry if your writing looks childish at first. Once you get the letter formation right, then you can start to reintroduce more character into your style.”

To find out about Cherrell’s handwriting classes, visit cherrellavery.co.uk

Try this: Improve Your Handwriting by Rosemary Sassoon and Gunnlaugur SE Briem (Teach Yourself £9. 99). The online pen company www.cultpens.com offers a wide range of ergonomic pens

Of Handwriting, Cursive, Fountain Pens and Ink | by Shon Ellerton | The Ironkeel Collection

Shôn Ellerton, December 19, 2019
A little discourse on the art and mystique of handwriting and how we might be in danger of losing the ability to write by hand.

On the dining room dresser at home, I have a large glass jar packed tightly with an eclectic collection of ballpoint pens. There must be near enough one hundred of them packed in there of varying colours, shapes and sizes. At the end of the dining room table, a near-permanent stack of papers that need seeing to lie amidst yet more ballpoint pens, this time, however, all being the same plain-looking ordinary black ones. It only occurred to me the other day that the reason I have so many of them is that my wife, a registered nurse, always keeps a pen with her at work, then brings it home, and forgets to take it with her to the hospital where she works the next day. Surprisingly, as cheap as those hospital pens are, they are amazingly good pens, whereas half the pens in the jar have given up the ghost and ought to be thrown away.

Despite having a bucketload of pens lying around the house, it’s ironic insofar that I use them for only four purposes: filling in forms, taking notes at work, writing a shopping list or writing in my daily diary. Much of what I do is on the keyboard primarily consisting of emails, computer programming and writing articles.

I decided to spend a bit of time to test out the pens and turf away the duds. Rummaging through desk drawers, I came across my rather nice Waterman fountain pen along with an arsenal of Noodler’s ink of varying colours. I hadn’t used it for years, and being thoroughly dried up and blocked, it needed a good rinsing out with hot water. It has a fine nib and refused to flow for what seemed to be an eternity. It was then that I thought about the art of handwriting and if we are slowly losing it in our digital age.

Before taking up a daily diary, about two years ago, I noticed how my handwriting had degraded to the point I nearly forgot how to write in cursive (or for those not familiar with the term, joined-up handwriting). For years and years, I’ve been writing in print style which requires lifting the pen each time you begin the next letter; a decidedly inefficient tactic at best. I’ve forgotten how much less strain there is on the hand when writing in cursive. Two months in from the start of the diary, I finally managed to regain my cursive writing skills in full.

Many schools are phasing out cursive handwriting all together because of the need to learn keyboard skills. I think that’s a shame because, not only is cursive an artform in its own right, many historical documents have been written in it making them unreadable for many. Many examinations that have, traditionally, required long passages of handwritten responses have been replaced by multiple choice making it, of course, far easier to be graded electronically. In the professional world, I remember taking an exam on project management methodology originally used in the British defence industries on undertaking project management within controlled environments, the PRINCE2 exam. The second half of the exam, the practitioner’s exam, was mercilessly hard on your wrists given the amount of writing one had to do to complete the brutal essay-style questions. It would have been far easier to write in cursive, but I was out of practice in my cursive-writing skills. Nowadays, of course, most examinations are all in the multiple-choice format.

Not all cursive looks elegant. I’m not particularly happy with mine as it looks a little ‘schoolyardish’ or perhaps, something that resembles a doctor’s script. However, there is a beauty to be admired, for example, when looking through some of the fine handwritten letters from the olden days before the advent of digital technology. If one is not familiar with cursive, reading it may be problematic. Many letters look entirely different from their print counterparts. The letter ‘Q’ is a great example looking far more like a ‘2’. Russian cursive is even further removed from its print counterpart and looks decidedly cryptic.

I am teaching my four-year-old to learn how to write in print and in cursive and my wife is teaching him how to write in Mandarin which boasts an incredibly beautiful script. These are skills often not taught extensively as they once were within our schools. One of the key ingredients to good writing skills, is to know how to hold the pen properly; the classic ‘triploid finger’ pose. What makes the fountain pen interesting as a learning tool is that a fountain pen does not tend to work at all if held improperly, whereas a pencil, felt-tip, or a ballpoint pen will. Try it and you’ll know what I mean.

Handwriting may be on the decline, but it won’t disappear altogether. For example, many of those in the upper echelons of management whether it is in industry, the military or otherwise consider the art of handwriting, a powerful sense of being where the pen is mightier than the sword. Hobbyists who simply enjoy writing and traditionalists who send personal handwritten letters to friends and family through the postal service will keep the craft alive.

It is sometimes viewed as being sophisticated or elite when in possession of a fabulously beautiful fountain pen, much like it is when wearing an expensive watch. Functionally, using a cheap ballpoint pen and checking the time on your mobile phone will, essentially, do the same thing as a fountain pen and a clockwork watch. However, there is that sense of tradition, handiwork and timelessness of owning something of beauty and durability which isn’t going to break down next year, come obsolete, run out of batteries or simply run out of ink only to be thrown away.

Even the colour of ink has an interesting place in history within certain circles. The use of green ink has, historically, often been reserved for use by high-ranking officials or those with extraordinarily superior and powerful authority. Red ink is used for signing death warrants in Pakistan or writing insults in Portugal or used by medical nurses in the olden days. Turquoise is used in Pakistan for high government officials and brown was used in Germany for signing death warrants. Most everyone tends to use black and blue of course.

So many activities that required a pencil or a pen has been transitioned over to the keyboard and the mouse. It has become so commonplace now that the very notion of writing a handwritten letter is seen as either very special or even eccentric in nature. In my mid-twenties when the Internet was still in its infancy, I applied to several engineering firms by writing letters with a fountain pen on high-quality woven paper and then sending them out in the post. These days, recruitment agencies and companies receive thousands of templated emails every time a position is up for grabs. To this day, if there is a job I really want to secure, I will write a traditional letter as I once did as a follow-up from the electronic application. It could make that one crucial difference in securing the role.

The skill of being able to write elegantly has now turned into an artisan’s craft rather than what was once quite commonplace; one only has to observe the high quality of the handwriting on old postal letters. In China, calligraphy is considered one of the highest forms of arts, a practice that can often be observed by watching people on the street pavements drawing Chinese characters in water. English script has a rich variety of calligraphy, an art seldom practiced by many.

As for keyboard skills, I am one of those who claim to be ‘semi-touch-typist’. I need to, now and again, glance at the keyboard to see where my fingers are. The only time I use my little finger is for the ‘Shift’ key and the thumb for the ‘Space’ key, otherwise I rely on the middle fingers only. Back at elementary school in the days when the Commodore 64 personal computer and Van Halen was in vogue, we were taught to touch-type on typewriters with keys covered in red fingernail polish to discourage us from looking at the keyboard.

Many of us know how poor keyboard skills, along with poor body posture and bad positioning can affect our wrists after long use. An ex-colleague of mine had surgery on his wrist having had repetitive strain injury. Much like playing a keyboard instrument like a piano, using a keyboard properly is very important. As for touch-typing, this is a skill mastered by only a few and will probably continue to be that way as, by that time, voice-to-text devices may dominate over keyboards by then.

I might have rambled on a bit and reminisced more than I ought to on the merits of preserving the craft of handwriting, but if we do not teach others or our children how to write, we will certainly lose the ability to do so.

7 Ways to Improve Your Handwriting Today

In the digital age, beautiful penmanship has become a lost art. Recover that art and improve your handwriting with these seven simple techniques.

How to Improve Your Handwriting

When you go online and look at other people’s beautiful penmanship, it’s hard not to compare it to your own. Beautiful writing is wonderful to behold, but it often has the unfortunate effect of making you feel self-conscious about your handwriting.

I know that pain, my friends. I have always lamented that my handwriting didn’t look like some ancient script from a parchment scroll. While I might never have that kind of cursive capability, I have been able to amp up my penmanship in this last year with a few key techniques.

I want to share these techniques with you so you can improve your handwriting like a champ! You ready? Let’s go!

1. Invest in Proper Materials

Buying a wonderful, smooth pen has been a huge boon in my penmanship skills. Yeah, you can pick up any old 10 cent pen that you accidentally stole from your bank teller, but it’s just not as good.

You want a pen that makes you want to write with it every day. I have a huge variety of pens that I love (and you can see them all at my My Supplies page), but my very favorite for daily writing is the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen.

Do you need to get a fountain pen to improve your handwriting? Of course not! But you might find that you enjoy your writing experience much more with the smooth ink flow and significant weight of the pen.

Writing with a fountain pen might bring out your inner Gregorian monk and make you feel inspired to write with panache. If you want to try out a fountain pen but don’t want to spend so much for one pen, try out the Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens. They are a great gateway drug… uh, I mean pen… to get you into fountain pens.

You also might want to consider using a decent caliber of paper. Of course, notebook paper will do just fine. But there are a variety of options out there for writing practice that might tickle you.

For example, a notebook of French ruled paper might be a great way to help guide you as you practice your writing. I also think that keeping my practice sheets together is better than having them all floating around in my apartment.

I typically write in my Leuchtturm1917 journals, using both a dot grid and plain paper. Both are thoroughly enjoyable!

2. Hold the Pen Correctly

When you hold your pen, you should have a relaxed grip. Many people hold their pens too tightly, resulting in cramped penmanship and a cramped arm. You should be able to slide the pen out of your writing hand with relative ease.

The pen isn’t going to wildly buck and jump around, so you don’t need to control it. You are working with the pen, you are not controlling a wild animal. So loosen up!

A tight grip will result in strain on your muscles and cramped handwriting.

A loose grip will be much more comfortable way to write and will result in a smoother flow of writing.

3. Write Using the Proper Body Parts

You might think this sounds silly. You write with your hand, right? Not exactly!

Most folks learned to write with their fingers, myself included. This means that you are keeping your arm and palm stationary while your fingers move the pen around to create the letters.

This is not the best way to write. Most master calligraphers write with their wrist and arm while keeping their fingers stationery.

If you aren’t sure, sit down and write out a few random sentences right now. Pay attention to what muscles you’re using. Are you using your fingers?

Try writing another few sentences without moving your fingers at all. It can be awkward at first, but after a little bit of practice, you will find much more smooth, consistent handwriting.

4. Sit Up Straight!

Your sitting posture can also have a large effect on your penmanship. If you slouch and lean, it can make your handwriting inconsistent. To maintain proper posture when you sit, you need to:

5. Stretch

Just like with any physical activity, it’s good to get in a good stretch before you begin. Try flexing your fingers, turning your wrists in circles, and rotating your arms to prepare yourself for a good writing session.

You may also want to turn your neck in circles to loosen up. If you begin to write with your arm instead of just your fingers, you will find that you work out muscles you didn’t realize you had.

It can be a bit tiring at first, but with practice comes better control and strength. Stretching will help tremendously with this transition.

6. Slow Down

When you watch people with good penmanship write, they typically go pretty fast. This may lead you to the conclusion that you, too, must write fast. But writing is not a race!

While you are retraining your body to write with proper form and posture, you need to go slow to build the new muscle memory. It will get faster with time, I promise.

For now, just be deliberate and write slowly to really build the habits and techniques that will improve your handwriting.

7. Write Morning Pages

What I really mean is practice, practice, practice! But for me, anyway, the best practice was three pages of longhand cursive in my Morning Pages.

The act of writing Morning Pages has been wildly beneficial to me in a million other ways, but I have definitely tightened up my penmanship after months and months of practice. Whatever you do to practice, make sure you stick with it.

Like exercising, if you want to improve your handwriting, the desired change doesn’t happen overnight. So don’t sweat it when your penmanship doesn’t look as pretty as you’d hoped in only a week. If you can commit, you can have the coolest handwriting ever before you know it!

So that’s it! Employ one or all of these techniques and I’m sure you can improve your handwriting in no time. Just remember to be patient with yourself and have fun with it.

Try keeping an analog planner with the bullet journal to write on a daily basis, or keep a gratitude log. If you want to reconnect with friends and family in a more personal way, try writing letters to hit two birds with one stone.

If you want to get a little fancier (and who doesn’t, really?), pop on over to my ultimate hand lettering guide to see how you can get started with the basics of modern calligraphy!

Looking for more resources?

If you’re on the hunt for free planner printables or lettering worksheets, be sure to check out the Fox Den Resource Library. The library is packed with over 100 pages of printables and worksheets.

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Learn How to Improve Your Handwriting With These Five Tips

Whether your script is cursive, print, slanted, or straight, your handwriting can say a lot about you. Although nowadays there are fewer occasions to practice longhand, it’s still very valuable if you can write neatly. Even if you’re not satisfied with how your marks look at the moment, this is a skill you can easily develop. To make things easier, we’ve compiled five tips on how to improve your handwriting.

From choosing the right pen to finding new ways to practice your lettering, these pointers will help you build your writing confidence and, with some patience and consistency, improve your dexterity.

Scroll down to see five tips on how to improve your handwriting.

 

Learn how to improve your handwriting with these five easy-to-follow tips.

 

Choose the Right Pen

If you want great handwriting, then it’s important to have the right tools. Pencils can be convenient for erasing mistakes, but you’ll probably find more enjoyment in your practice if you work with a pen. The key, of course, is choosing the right one. Here is a quick breakdown of some common types of pens you’ll come across:

 

Fountain Pens

Kaweco | $27.50

Fountain pens are the modern and convenient version of dip pens and the go-to for many letterers and calligraphers. While they can be tricky to get used to, they are also capable of producing expressive, flourishing lines.

 

Ballpoint Pens

rOtring | $26.25

Ballpoint pens are a fantastic, easy-to-use pen that delivers straightforward clean lines. They use a modern design in which oil-based ink is channeled through a steel tip that rolls over the writing surface.

 

Rollerball Pens

Pilot | $8.98

Rollerball pens have a design that is similar to ballpoint pens but produce a “wet ink” that is more like fountain pens. They are a good option for those who want the best of both worlds.

 

Check Your Grip

After you have your pen, the next thing to check is your grip. An ideal pen and pencil grip should allow the user to write neatly without getting easily tired. If you ever feel soreness in your hand or wrist, it’s best to check with online resources and adjust accordingly.

 

Change Your Posture

Photo: NeONBRAND

Have you ever thought about the way you sit when you’re writing? Just like the way you hold your pen, your posture can affect the tidiness and style of your handwriting. Good writing posture includes:

  • Having a comfortably straight back
  • Gently resting your forearms on the desk
  • And keeping your feet flat on the floor

 

Write Large

Photo: Aaron Burden

When you’re trying to improve your handwriting, it’s best to write larger than you normally would. In doing so, you will be able to identify areas you would like to change and see your progress. If writing big letters doesn’t come easily to you, try using handwriting paper.

 

Use Worksheets

Practice Consistently

Even if you have the right supplies and techniques, improving your handwriting will also come down to how much you practice. And while you don’t want to overwrite and tire out your hand, you’ll still want to use your pen or pencil for about a half-hour to an hour a day at least.

If you’re not a student, however, you may feel like there are few occasions in everyday life to use your longhand. Well, if you lack the opportunity to exercise your skills, then you can try some of our ideas.

Here are just a few of the ways you can incorporate practice into your daily routine:

  • Journaling
  • Making lists
  • Writing letters
  • Copying lyrics to a song
  • Taking notes in class

 

Remember, practicing your handwriting can be rewarding and fun!

 

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    Soon There Will be no More Cursive Writers to Buy Fountain Pens

    I have a cousin who makes fountain pens with inkwells. When I asked his sister why, she explained that they were beautiful, collectible, and made letter writing fun. And he loved creating a unique thing of beauty.

    Otto Tasche & Muji Pocket Pen by Glenn Strong

    My first association to pens and cursive writing was the fountain pen with a turquoise ink cartridge I used to take notes in college. Nothing like pretty calligraphy to stem the boredom of a lecture.

    My next thought was that, like hand-written letters, cursive writing is disappearing from our lives. When my granddaughter was in third grade, I remember a handwriting book that was part of her homework. At least she learned to sign her name that year, which is more than many schools do these days.

    I asked my niece, who teaches third grade, about this. She was surprised the handwriting book was even sent home. She explained that there was no time to teach cursive writing at her school. It is not part of the Common Core State Standards in Michigan. There is no test to see if a child can write her name. And teaching cursive would do nothing to improve my niece’s year-end evaluation, but higher test scores would.

    When I suggested not even being able to sign your name to a letter, document, greeting card, or check was sad, she set me straight. You can print your name, and no one writes checks or sends hand-written letters or snail-mail cards any more. And most documents permit e-signatures. Beautiful handwriting takes a lot of time to learn, is not easy for kids with motor challenges, and is a dying art.

    She had me there. Perhaps because my hands are a bit arthritic or perhaps because I am too much in love with my computer, I don’t write too many things by hand these days. I’m more likely to compose a personal letter on Word and print it out than write it by hand. But I still like to sign my name at the bottom.

    Written in 1943 from my father to my mother

    But it suddenly hit me that, if my grandchildren can’t write in cursive, will they also be unable to read it? Will they never be able to read the notes written by their grandparents, or even by me? Will the stash of WWII letters my parents wrote to each other be gibberish to them? If they do original research that involves pre-21st century documents, will they need an interpreter for the handwritten ones?

    All of this makes me sad. Someone has decided that many of our schools shouldn’t waste much time teaching things that don’t matter like cursive writing or art appreciation or literary classics. There won’t be a test on these things and they won’t get kids the jobs of the future. Ours is a disposable society and we are fine with tossing aside the things that are not practical for the future.

    Today is my granddaughter’s 11th birthday and I think I’ll buy her a fountain pen with green or hot pink (her favorite colors) ink.

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    Features of writing with a fountain pen

    Recently, the shelves of art shops – IArt-Kvartal are no exception – replenished with the tender dreams of lovers of calligraphy and cursive writing: Lamy fountain pens in pastel colors. The growing excitement and curiosity about the new colors of writing instruments is not clear to everyone – especially to those who are used to using ballpoint or capillary pens. What is the essence and meaning of this adaptation? We personally took up this investigation. – No pressure When writing with a ballpoint pen to draw clear lines, or when you need to write quickly and a lot (every student now involuntarily sighed), you must firmly hold the shaft of the pen.Due to constant tension, joints and fingers quickly get tired, they begin to hurt and you have to take breaks. It turned out that this does not happen when you write with a fountain pen. A light holder, a thin nib that begins to draw letters with a light touch – according to personal experience, you can write for about an hour and not get tired. – We continue to health Due to the fact that the hand gets tired of writing and writing letters “for a long time”, many have switched to another alternative – a long typed letter. Conveniently, economically, tunnel syndrome. A common case among office workers, programmers and other people who prefer a keyboard and mouse to a sheet and a pen.Cases have been proven when writing with a fountain pen restored the work of the brushes, kneaded the joints – it was necessary to write approximately on A4 sheet every day. – Emphasize your style Let’s go back to the colors and talk about practicality. The year of writing is a dozen ballpoint pens that are constantly lost or just disappear. For a year of writing with a fountain pen you need … just one pen and one or two cartridges. The fountain pen will definitely not get lost – it will be noticeable, and the variety of colors will help you choose a match and make an accessory for your own image.You cannot bite through it with your teeth (you should not try it for those who like to gnaw on pencils and pens) and such an object can last for several years. Some people even put together a collection of fountain pens for different occasions – for work, for personal writing and for study. In any case, it is always nice to have a thing of your favorite color with you. – A rich inner world In addition to the color of the body, you can choose the color of the ink with which this pen will write, and if you wish, even carry replaceable ones in the set. It became necessary – changed from black to red, tired of the classics – turquoise ink comes to the rescue – Beautiful handwriting Smooth and light movements with a fountain pen that will write all the time, and not stop at some particular moment – there will always be handwriting with it the same.He will align and improve on his own. The pros are obvious. What about the cons? There will be more recommendations here: – If you are closer to a printed letter, if you do not want to choose your own pens or ink – in this case, you should not purchase a fountain pen. For now. – Bad and very thin paper is not suitable for calligraphy – the ink will be blurry and poorly absorbed, which can lead to dirt. Better to use a slightly thicker paper. Art-Kvartal hopes that he has managed to explain the benefits of fountain pens and the number of calligraphy and graphics lovers will join the ranks! P.S. The author of the article now wants to buy himself a fountain pen – a red one. What color would you choose?

    Lamy Company Blog

    The Lamy 2000 fountain pen was created in 1966. It is still produced today without any significant changes from the original version, is one of Lamy’s bestsellers and has a reputation for being a Bauhaus style icon.

    In 2013, in addition to several existing design awards, the pen received the most prestigious prize – the title of the Fountain Pen of the Century in the category of the German Brands of the Century award.What makes this pen worthy of such a high-profile title?


    About the history of creation

    In the mid-1960s, with the arrival of Manfred Lamy, the son of the company’s founder, at the Lamy factory, an active search for new ways of developing the enterprise began, which had existed on the market for 30 years and this market still has nothing special. surprised. Manfred Lamy believed that Lamy should find his own style and move away from the traditional classical design that reigned in the writing instrument market in those years.On his initiative, a collaboration took place with one of the most influential industrial designers of that time – Gerd Alfred Mueller, who became famous for his developments for Braun, the trendsetter in industrial design in those years.


    About Design

    Braun were truly the pioneers of modern industrial design. Lamy was influenced directly by Gerd A. Müller. It is also known that this design was inspired by Steve Jobs, who emphasized that Apple products will be simple and functional: “We plan to release high-tech products, the design of which will immediately make it clear what it is and why…. The products themselves will be white and beautiful, like Braun electronics. ”

    There were two leading designers at Braun: Gerd A. Müller and Dieter Rams. Dieter Rams was the head of the audio engineering department, and everyone knows the “principles of good design” formulated by him (https://readymag. com/shuffle/dieter-rams/), which have become a real manifesto of modern industrial design. Gerd Müller was responsible for the development of household appliances at Braun, and thanks to him, many of the things we used to use every day look exactly the way he once thought of them.Müller and Rams were close partners and like-minded people, and it is not surprising that the very principles of good design were subsequently embodied by Müller in the Lamy 2000 pen: innovation, functionality, aesthetics, close attention to detail.

    Müller’s original design techniques for the Lamy 2000 are the interplay of smooth curves and a combination of metal and plastic.

    The shape of Lamy 2000 has been praised by users many times – thanks to the light roundness of the body, the handle is very comfortable in the hand.It’s simple: this writing instrument was created specifically for the human hand, no matter how trite it may sound. Aesthetics and convenience here merged into one.

    Ideal proportions of metal and plastic: the “working” part of the pen is made of metal, while the plastic light body contains the internal working organs: a container for ink and a refueling mechanism. This is a direct reference to Rams’ principles of good design: “Design should focus on the most important aspects and emphasize product usability and avoid anything that might detract from that usability.”

    Separately, it should be said about the choice of material from which the body of the Lamy 2000 is made – it became Makrolon – the trade name of Bayer polycarbonate. This is a transparent material with high strength – in terms of impact resistance it has no equal among light-transmitting analogs. Fiberglass-reinforced Macrolon is not subject to deformation.

    The choice by Gerd A. Müller and Lamy of a completely new, one might say, revolutionary material in the production of writing instruments was not accidental and quite justified – the pen had to be light and durable.

    If you have never held a Lamy 2000 in your hands, then the chance that you know about polycarbonate is still great, because it is everywhere: CDs, DVDs, transparent Lego bricks, protective glass of hockey stadiums, motorcycle helmets, glasses, lenses, etc. .d. etc.

    Macrolon provides the Lamy 2000 model with the well-known strength and lightness (not quite typical for a premium pen), and unpainted transparent “windows” are used to control the ink level.

    Lamy collaboration with Gerd A.Müller pioneered the brand’s design orientation, and the Lamy 2000 made Lamy a well-known brand and laid the foundation for the success of this venture, making it one of the world’s leading writing instrument manufacturers. Lamy’s tradition of attracting the most famous designers to the creation of its products continued – among them were such world stars as Richard Sapper, Franco Clivio, Mario Bellini, Naoto Fukasawa and others.


    About the filling system

    The fountain pen has a piston system refueling, i.e.That is, ink is drawn from the can directly through the nib. This “old” method of refilling has its advantages: the ink tank has a large volume (equal to about three ink cartridges) – the pen does not require refilling for a long time. And also, with each refueling, the entire system seems to be self-cleaning – the need to rinse the handle occurs very rarely in such a model.


    Nib

    The nib is made of 14 carat gold (585 assay value). Since the design of the Lamy 2000 is based on the Bauhaus canons, gold has only a utilitarian function here – it is extremely soft to write with such a pen.So that the “loud” color of gold does not come into dissonance with the metal parts of the handle, it is platinum. The width of the nib can be selected in almost the entire spectrum that exists with Lamy: EF, F, M, B, OM, OB, BB, OBB.

    Many reviews and articles have been written about the softness of writing with the Lamy 2000 pen. American science fiction writer Neil Gaiman described this writing instrument as nothing more than “the pen used to write novels.” Indeed, he writes drafts of his novels with fountain pens, among which Lamy is his beloved.


    About handwork

    Lamy 2000 is, without exaggeration, the pride of the company, they are very careful to control the production quality of this pen. The most important technological processes are still carried out by hand: for example, gold nibs are polished exclusively by hand. Also, after assembly, the entire case is manually polished, but the polishing is special here – brushing. After being brushed with a stiff brush, the housing acquires microscopic longitudinal grooves, which give it an extremely pleasant roughness to the touch.Also, brushing-polishing completely hides the joints of the body parts – visually, the body is a single whole.

    Another important operation is done manually: a strong steel spring is inserted under the clip (it is also designed in the Bauhaus style), which allows it to firmly attach the pen to a pocket, folder or diary.


    There are several other types of writing systems in the Lamy 2000 range: ballpoint pen, ink roller, automatic pencil and 4-in-one multi-system pen.

    Writing instruments inspired by the Bauhaus style have acquired their distinctive features over time, thanks to which you can always say yes, this is a Lamy pen. Next year will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Lamy design, a design that began with the Lamy 2000 fountain pen.

    Tips for Parents to Get Left-Handed Tools

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    Right tool for left-handers

    The first important step for left-handed parents is to provide the right tool.Because choosing the right cookware at the right time is critical to the development of your If you are left-handed, you should reduce your left-handedness as early as possible by purchasing the right tools. Support service. There are also many Internet portals and specialized stores (for example, B. Lefty), where today you can “turn inside out” almost everything that is required in everyday life.

    This primarily includes:

    • Tools for left-handed people for every day : Potato peelers, scissors, manicure scissors for left-handers, etc.Lefty has a combination double sided nail scissors for right and left handers, solving the old manicure problem.
    • Writing accessories for left-handers : especially fountain pens for left-handers with a special pen shape and nib that is easy to remove and move. Other left-handed products such as Bolly, as ballpoint writers, tri-plane writing utensils and pens, Three-point pen, ergonomic pens, soft colored pencils and wax pens, spiral notepad for the left hand, sharpener, – Ruler.

    More tips for parents of left-handed children

    • Conduct writing training : Left-handers have a different viewing angle, namely from right to left. Therefore, you love to leaf through a book from cover to cover, look at pictures from right to left, and write almost perfectly in mirror image. However, the first written exercises are usually chaotic: letters, syllables and numbers are intertwined, everything looks very creepy. So practice writing more intensely with your child.
    • Pay attention to the correct posture when writing : We recommend an ergonomic writing position that allows you to write calmly without smudging the ink. The leaf is located to the left of the middle of the body and is tilted with a tick to the right, the end of the feather is tilted towards the left shoulder. The hand lies below the line of the letter. There are also left-handed writing pads with markings for optimal paper retention. A hooked or upside-down writing position, in which the more inclined hand moves over the writing line, is less favorable.
    • Optimal sitting position : In addition to optimal writing instruments, the sitting position must also be correct.It would be disadvantageous to sit too close to the left and write to the right. Both will bother each other.
    • Avoid criticism of left-handedness : Do not blame your child if he is only left-handed. Even siblings can subconsciously set an unfavorable role model here: younger siblings love to imitate everything their elders do. Thus, a little left-handed person can learn pseudo-right-handedness, which will be negative for him. Instead, help with everyday help: don’t put your cutlery on the plate as usual, but in the middle of the plate or board.In the case of cups, pay attention to the perimeter or drawings so as not to deliberately dictate that the handle is in the correct position. This allows the child to choose which hand to eat or drink with. Consider his behavior a little left-handed: the left-handed person perceives his surroundings in a holistic manner. Usually he takes on the role of a leader or separates, wants a little peace, which can already be noticed in kindergarten or school. Support him by paying attention to his characteristics, as if you were treating any child.

    You can also read my article on this subject: “Lefty: These tips can make your daily life easier.”

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