The invention and the history of a collection piece

Hello followers!

This time, Iguana Sell team wants to tell you the history of the fountain pen.

This story is quite controversial, as there are different authors and sources with different views on the topic. We will give our review about such an important issue, but we are ready to hear your versions and comments, which are always highly valued by us and certainly by other of our readers.

It all started with feathers of animals such as ducks, crows, eagles … that marked so many spirits and captured their traces in many scrolls.

In the Roman Empire, they used writing instruments such as the pen (see photo) or the “Roseau” (similar to the reed material), some were even made of bronze.

These ones predominated in the Middle Ages and in the classical period and disappeared near the end of the nineteenth century.

Moreover, Egypt opted for metal made fountain pens, such as copper materials. The main problem these instruments made of metal represented were the lack of flexibility and resistance, which hindered the writing.

Only the emergence of new steels with the sufficient strength and flexibility, allowed the progress of these valuable objects. The first steels were produced in Birmingham in 1820 and achieved to replace animal pens and quill pens.

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Some years later, in 1827, the Romanian engineer Petrache Poenaru presents the first fountain pen with replaceable ink cartridge, after having had problems with the flow of ink for several years.
Petrache Poenaru-Lewis Waterman
Until 1833, Lewis Edson Waterman acquires a splendid fountain pen with incorporated ink, which was used to sign one of his most valuable contracts. What he did not expect is that on the big day it decided not to work and it got worst … the entire document was stained by ink!!
From that day Waterman decides to reflect on a new system of fountain pens, in which he could trust. For this, he applies the physical law of capillarity, which consists on replacing the ink supply channel by many small channels to make the flow more regular, smoothly and easier through the feeder.

In 1884 Lewis presents his patent and began selling its magnificent invention that allowed his pens to provide a guarantee of high quality differential.

Lewis Waterman Patent
Since then, the market for fountain pens becomes massive. The fountain pen was born as general writing product, and since then until today, has served to write the most beautiful pages of history.

Nowadays, the nib of the pen presents a large variety, adaptable to all writing tastes: from ultra Extra fine nib for lovers of fine print writing, to italic or oblique left-handed or calligraphy lovers. Thus, the fountain pen can be an everyday tool or a jewel of pure collecting.

The fountain achieves to form part of our hands to write letters and words with an elegance that any other writing tool can have.

The development of the fountain pen: Waterman, Pelikan, Parker, Montblanc, Omas

There are many brands that develop this type of pieces, in Iguana Sell we count on the main ones with a great variety of catalog.

Each brand has its own characteristics and specific features, in this way writing lovers can find the instrument that best suits their taste, hand and form of writing.

Iguana Sell offers its customers a personalized service to help you find the perfect fountain pen for each.

If you need more information on these products, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can send us an email, call us at +34 91 441 50 41, or come to visit our boutique in Madrid, at Núñez de Balboa 90. We’ll be pleased to help.

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