Once a staple in every office supplies collection and classroom, the fountain pen still has its avid users. The ballpoint might be cheaper and easier to use but the elegance of a fountain pen can’t be argued with.

Here at Octopus Office we love to celebrate any stationery, and its also a good excuse for Ozzy to go fact finding! So here are his top 5 fountain pen facts for your reading pleasure.

  1. In World War II fountain pens were replaced by ballpoint pens because they do not leak at high altitudes
  2. The most expensive fountain pen in the world is worth approx. 6 million pounds. The “Fulgor Nocturnus” is made in Italy and is decorated with 945 black diamonds and 123 rubies
  3. Your pen has a memory! If your fountain pen has a gold nib, this soft metal will adjust to your style of writing
  4. Fountain pens are over 5,000 years old, ancient Egyptians first used reed straws and ink made of soot
  5. The oldest surviving fountain pen is from 1702

So if you don’t love the fountain pen even more now we don’t know what to do! Not only are they over 5,000 years old but they also make a beautiful Christmas gift, particularly in a gift box.

If you have any facts to add to Ozzys collection then send them in.

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