A-Z Of M&G Stationery: F – Fountain Pens

Fountain Pen Range

Before I start about fountain pens, the eagle eyed of you will notice we’ve missed “E” in sequence! That’s because we will do “E” later. We’re waiting on some product that will be brilliant for that letter, so watch this space!

The history of the Fountain Pen

Fountain pens have been used for hundreds of years. I had to use one at school when I was a boy. (Not hundreds of years ago, before anyone says anything). While at junior school, modern day year 6, I had to use a nibbed pen and an ink pot. For the youngsters reading this, the pen had to be dipped into the ink pot to charge it. If you over did it, you ended up with little pools of ink all over your page which inevitably got smudged.

The use of fountain pens goes back as far as the 10th century believe it or not. There is a report of the caliph of the Maghreb, in Africa, asking for a pen that would keep his hands clean. While he used the pen, he didn’t want to leave anywhere near as much mess as standard pens and quills. This happened according to history records.

Another mention was during the 17th century when German inventor Daniel Schwenter invented a pen made from two quills, one inside each other. The internal one had a cork to keep the ink in and released the ink through a small hole to the nib. Samuel Pepys also wrote about a pen that “held ink” which seems to refer to a fountain pen.

Manufacturing of Fountain Pens

In 1828, Josiah Mason improved a cheap and efficient slip-in nib in Birmingham, my home town, which could be added to a fountain pen. New manufacturing equipment was developed and by the 1850s. More than half of the steel-nib pens manufactured in the world were made in Birmingham.

Literally thousands of skilled craftsmen were involved in making pens. As technology in manufacturing improved, the city’s factories were able to make their pens cheaply and efficiently. The marketplace was the whole world. This helped the development of education and literacy.

Of course with mass production, pens became cheaper. The development of using cartridges also helped the ease of use of fountain pens. Instead of dipping or filling from ink pots or bottles, the plastic cartridges are simply pressed into place and away you go.

M&G Fountain Pens

The M&G fountain pen range offers 3 styles to suit a variety of tastes. All are stylish writing instruments.  Based on a plunger type refill mechanism, the pens will also take standard mini cartridges but they perform best with bottled ink.  This is our recommendation – to use bottled ink but keep some blotting paper handy to soak up any excess!. 

These pens offer a variety of grips to provide a firm hold.  All have fine nibs which are great for freehand writing but also suitable for legal documents and completing information boxes on forms.

Demonstration of M&G Fountain Pens

M&G Fountain pens have a very tight fitting push on, pull off, cap which prevents drying out, this can be seen demonstrated in the video above.

Fountain pens can make great gifts so we offer this product either with or without the M&G Premium gift presentation box.

You can buy them here.

Summary of Key features of the M&G Fountain Pen range

  • Fine nib.
  • Plunger style ink fill mechanism.
  • Tight fitting cap.