Even in the age of computers and texting, writing by hand is still an important part of what children learn at school. Adults learned to write longhand when they were children, and our own will do the same. Despite the digital age, it is best children continue learning longhand because writing is actually beneficial to our brains.
Recent studies have shown writing by hand activates and stimulates the brain in ways typing does not. In essence, it helps develop better cognitive skills because it taxes your brain more. Writing uses three brain processes: visual, motor, and cognitive. The visual part of the brain activates because you are seeing the implement in your hand, the paper you are using, and the letters you are writing and reading. Naturally, your motor skills are used when writing. Your cognitive skills are stimulated like the other two since you have to remember the letters and words you are using. The latter is much different than memorizing where the letters and numbers are located on your keyboard.
When thinking upon the value of writing with a Waterman roller ball pen, know that you are increasing your brainpower more than someone who is typing.
Sometimes you will find your Parker roller ball pen will stop writing. The pen is not broken; it can just clog, which is a simple problem to fix.
First, quickly run the pen in circles to get the ball rolling, literally. A better technique is to write in a figure-eight motion because the continuous friction should be enough to loosen up the ball if it is stuck. But if the problem is a clog in the nib, run the tip under warm water. Doing so might be enough to break up the clog. If the clog is not in the nib but the well itself, shake the pen up and down to loosen up the innards. Try writing with it and see if that does the trick.
Another way to unclog the pen tip is to simply press the pen firmly on a piece of paper and write with it. In most instances, this is enough to get it to start writing again. Here is an usual way to get the ball rolling again: write on a piece of glass. This is one you most likely have never heard of, but writing on a window or mirror can get your Waterman roller ball pen to write again.
While Parker rollerball pens and Aurora pens are in a league of their own, we cannot forget some of the most innovative pens that have come out. These are pens that are both unique and functional.
- Ruler Pen: Designed by ShiKai Tseng, the cap is printed with ruler markings and can used like any other ruler.
- Digital Pen: Produced by Epos, everything you write is saved onto the USB drive.
- Cramp-Free Pen: Made from aluminum, it is designed to be very ergonomic with rubber grips on three sides for the index finger and thumb.
- Inkless Pen: This metal alloy pen leaves a mark on paper that resembles something produced by pencil graphite.
- Evo Pen: Though small, this pen is ergonomically designed to combat pain caused by arthritis, carpal tunnel, etc.
- Color Picker Pen: Invented by Jinsu Park, this pen will actually scan any color from your surroundings, which you can then use to write or draw with.
- Lamborghini Pen: Designed by Omas, it uses design cues from the manufacturer’s cars. The pen uses a triangular barrel inspired by the cars, a body made from PVD-coated aluminum, and an 18k gold nib.
- Inka Compact Pen: Made from aerospace-grade materials, the ink cartridge is pressurized and will write in a number of unique weather conditions.
Before purchasing your first Sailor or Aurora pens, you have probably heard a few stories about fountain pens. Some are positive, some are negative, but they are all interesting to hear. In this blog post we will dive into the various myths surrounding fountain pens.
- To write with a fountain pen, you have to practice. This is not entirely true. You can write as you normally would with any other implement, but if you want a bit more flair or finesse, you might want to practice a bit.
- Fountain pens leak. They can but not all of them will do so. A leaky pen means the fountain pen you are using needs to be fixed; leaks are not an inherent symptom of all pens.
- Gold nibs are better than steel. Not true. The original reason why gold nibs were the norm was because it had better corrosion resistance. Nowadays, modern pens with steel nibs are just as resistant to corrosion. As far as writing quality, there is no different. The only advantage gold has over steel is the former sill always stay shiny while steel nibs need a little TLC every now and then.
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Like other complex mechanical devices, a little TLC is necessary to ensure they keep working properly. Sailor pens, and other fountain pens are no different. Here are the steps you can take to clean your fountain pens.
- Start with the nib. Unscrew the pen nib from the body and remove the ink reservoir.
- Fill an ear syringe with cold water and squeeze water into the pen nib. It is best to perform this step above your sink or a cup so it catches the liquid. Any leftover ink in the nib will fall into the cup. Repeat these steps as necessary to expel all leftover ink. For clogged nibs, squeeze ammonia into it to remove any solidified ink.
- Wrap a paper towel around the nib and shake it to force any remaining water from the nib. Keep it in the towel overnight so it can dry completely.
- For the body, use a soft, clean cloth to wipe it down. If the pen is made of resin, check for any cracks or chips. Silver pens should be polished if you see they have lost their luster.
- Once you have completed these steps, reassemble the pen.
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Pen collectors are very passionate and have much to say about their collection of Waterman pens and other equally famous brands. But where do you start? Here is how to begin your collection.
- Know Your Budget: Pens can be really expensive, so be sure to work within a budget. There are many high quality pens from Aurora and other manufacturers that will not break the bank but are stylish and write well. Just know when you go into this hobby, you will be paying upwards of three to four digit prices for particular pens.
- Are You Collecting Old or Modern Pens? Before you even purchase your first pen, this is something you need to consider. Older pens, while being more historically interesting than modern ones, can be more expensive due to their rarity. Modern ones are more practical and perform better, but they lack the mystique of older pens. Weigh each one and see which you want to dive into.
- Not All Pens Are Valuable on the Secondary Market: This requires a lot of research if you are one who wants to not only purchase pens, but sell them as well. Not all special/limited editions will have a strong resale value, so ask around before investing.
Aurora pens have been around since 1919, when an Italian textile merchant founded the company after World War I. The founding of this company marked the birth of the very first Italian fountain pen. Since then, Aurora has become a worldwide name in pens. The breakdown is as follows:
- 55% Italy
- 30% Europe
- 35% The Americas
- 30% Middle/Far East
- 5% Rest of the World
The style and designs of the pens have been influenced by a number of designers, including:
- Marcello Nizzoli (Aurora 88, 1946)
- Albe Steiner
- Marco Zanuso (Hastil, 1970; Thesi, 1974)
- Giorgetto Giugiaro (Design, 1970; Kona, 1980)
- Giampiero Maria Bodino (Ipsilon, 1993; Talentum, 2000; Leonardo Da Vinco, 2002)
One of the most well known Aurora pens in the world is the Diamond, appropriately named being that it is the only 30 carat pen in the world. The tip is rhodium-treated, 18k gold which ensures both the quality of the writing as well as the mystique.
One of Aurora’s limited edition pens is the Demonstrator Black. Available in several models, these pens are so limited that they are numbered. The nibs are crafted from 18 carat black gold.
Under its Prestige line of pens, is the Alpha Black, which has a chrome trim and a cap and barrel made from black marbled resin. Its nib is made from solid 14 carat gold.
Forget sitting behind a desk and typing away at your computer. Forget about using your smartphone to jot down notes. Take a Parker roller ball pen, a sheet of paper–or several sheets–and write away!
Most of us spend way too much time working on a computer to the point that it is hard to look forward to actually sitting behind one, even if it’s one you use leisurely. This makes it hard for any writer to get work done because we subconsciously see a PC as tied with our regular 9 to 5 lives. For this reason, it is better to write longhand if you want to write creatively.
The act of physically writing has a better chance of sparking your creative juices than typing on a word processor. The physicality moves the part of the brain that forces you to focus on what you are doing, thus instilling an instinctive need to see your writing through to the end. When you get your pen hand moving and moving, the longer you do it, the better you feel. This enthusiasm will fuel your writing which will make it hard to stop.
Try it out the next time you have writer’s block while sitting in front of your PC. The moment you pick up a Waterman pen to write, you will feel differently.
You may think typing on a word processor may be more efficient and quicker than writing longhand with a Parker roller ball pen, and it may be true, but it does not make it better.
Writing stimulates a bunch of cells located at the base of the brain called the reticular activating system. The RAS, as it is also referred to, filters out your actions and places a mental emphasis on the things you are actively doing. Since your mind is focused on writing and what it is you are writing, you tend to give more weight to what is on that particular page, instead of what is on your computer screen. This aids in cognitive functions and learning processes.
For this reason, even today in the wake of smartphones and tablets, children are still learning to write with a pencil and paper. Children were able to write faster, write more, and create complete sentences when trained in longhand writing. When people write with a Sailor pen or other implement, the formation of letters and sentences constantly engages the brain as they are doing it. Typing does not work the brain in nearly the same way or with the same intensity.
Today, Penwa is highlighting the Waterman Edson Sapphire Blue Fine Fountain Pen.
Ever since Lewis Edson Waterman invented the first fountain pen in 1883, Waterman has been one of, if not, the dominant name in fountain pens. This particular pen was created to celebrate Waterman’s 120th anniversary in 2003. Only about 4,000 were ever produced, and each one has been individually numbered, making these a rare find and one Waterman pen anyone would be proud to own.
Made from the finest materials available, this pen was tested at variable altitudes of up to 2,000 meters to eliminate the risk of leakage and ensure its performance. The unique inlaid nib is sealed by hand with a leak-tight joint and then fitted with an ink flow regulator to make sure you only use the right amount of ink you want. Each hand-mounted nib is made from rhodium-plated 18k solid gold, giving the pen a persona of class while offering the tight control you need when writing. Crafted and designed to be ergonomic and comfortable in anyone’s hands, this makes the perfect gift for any self-respecting pen collector, businessman or woman, or for yourself!
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