Should Schools insist that Students use Fountain Pens?

Can Students Hand-Writing get better by using Fountain Pens?


Why do some schools still insist that students use fountain pens?  Is there an advantage to using a fountain pen over a biro or similar pen?

I believe there is.  Do you remember your first lovely fountain pen?  I am not talking about the first one; you had to have at school, which was probably only a few pounds and leaked all over the place.  My pen leaked everywhere, and with my awful hand-writing, my teachers always said, it looked like ‘a spider had crawled out of the inkwell all over the paper’! No, I am talking about a gorgeous weighted pen, with a beautiful thick, smooth nib which glides like water over the paper.  I am not saying; I started writing beautifully, just because I had a better pen, but I think it helped.

Should you buy an expensive pen?

It is obvious, isn’t it?  You go out and pay a fortune for a nice car, or a beautiful washing machine etc., why do you expect to get a biro for fifty pence and assume the student will produce beautiful hand-writing?  Think about it, doesn’t make sense, does it?  So, when they are ready, and when you can trust them with a pen, that costs a tenner for a starter pen (and I mean a starter pen), just see how they go on.  Having a lovely weighted pen in their hand may encourage them to try to spend a little extra time writing, and you and the student will probably see the difference quite quickly.  It is indeed worth a try, isn’t it?

One point to mention though, I never letting anyone use my pen for two reasons, firstly, you never get them back, people just forget; but more importantly, a nib is personal to the user, and only you should use it as the nib ‘wears’ in a certain way.

Should schools insist on students using fountain pens, or is it just ‘a thing’ they want to do?   I think it is a good idea, but, I would like to see if any research has been carried out, to confirm whether fountain pens improve people’s writing or not.  I am going to see if any research has been done to support the schools’ theory and will update this in the future.

Any comments or suggestions are very welcome?


Dated: 2 December 2017