on fountain pens, part 2.

I ordered a couple fountain pens last week, and since they’ve arrived I’ve been dabbling in doodling with my new toys.

Specifically, I ordered two LAMY Safari pens, a yellow one with an extra fine nib and a black one with a medium nib.

Fountain pens feel different on the page than the felt-tipped markers or roller-ball gel pens I’ve been using for the last couple of years. There is a more tactile effect to their contact with the paper, a subtle scratchiness and that moment of flow as you see the ink setting into the page and drying a millimeter or two behind the leading trail of your sketching path. There is a unique satisfaction to their flow on the page, and I’m enjoying them immensely.