There are many reasons why you would want to buy a classic fountain pen in these modern disposable times. Tactile and beautiful a well chosen fountain pen will bring years of pleasure and enjoyment.Vintage fountain pens make wonderful gifts that can be used on a daily basis.
An apparent common denominator of good quality nibs; as long as they have been used appropriately; is that they are long lasting, often lasting longer than the lifetime of the original owner. Many vintage pens with decades-old nibs can still be used today.
Between 1822 to 1874, more than 160 patents were registered pertaining to a variety of improvements to mechanical pencils. The first spring-loaded mechanical pencil was patented in 1877 and a twist-feed mechanism was developed in 1895. The 0.9 mm lead was introduced in 1938, and later it was followed by 0.7, 0.5, 0.3. Even a 1.4 mm mechanism was available, and 0.4 and 0.2 versions are now produced.