Collecting Pens 5/31/02
How Do I Get That "Self-Filling" Pen to Fill?
There are a lot of ways to fill a pen. The earliest fountain pens were eye-droppers designed to carry their ink with them in the barrel. Most required that the section be unscrewed to fill the pen. Soon there was a scramble to invent an easier and less messy way to get the ink in the pen, and numerous "self-filling" pens were introduced.
Contrary to some tongue-in-cheek posts on the Zoss Pen List, self-filling pens don't fill completely by themselves. "I left my pen next to the open bottle of ink all night and it was still empty the next morning!" No, some amount of user intervention is required!
In the quest to build the best filling system and conquer the market, many different methods have been tried over the last 100 years. Here's a really brief list of the major types and the companies most associated with them:
So this month's survey is three parts:
What do you think? You can make multiple selections in each poll. Please vote and also add comments that you think others would find helpful!
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