Resource: The Pen Chalet Infographics

As a long-time fountain pen and ink user, I've been presented with certain questions repeatedly. Things like:

  • What makes a fountain pen different?
  • How does a fountain pen work?
  • What ink should I use for illustrations so I can watercolor over them?
  • What ink should I use if I want to watercolor with the ink for shading?
  • I'm a lefty and I smear my ink. Is there something that dries quickly?

I'm always willing to give up this information freely because, well, someone once gave it to me, or I learned by trial and error. But, maybe someone is a little apprehensive about asking such questions. Perhaps they don't have a fountain pen friend to go to. Or maybe they're just looking for some unique ways to brush up on their knowledge of pens and inks. Where does one go?

Fortunately, the awesome folks over at Pen Chalet, via their blog, have given us some unique resources outlining some key elements of fountain pens and inks. You may remember from past posts that Pen Chalet is a sponsor of Nib & Ink, and as such, I felt compelled to share these two infographics with my readers so that they might gain some knowledge or store them away as a reference piece for themselves and future curious pen and ink users.

The first of these graphics is an invaluable reference on Fountain pen Inks, outlining the different ink categories. Looking for something to liven up that dry nib? Check out the Lubricated Inks section. Need something for signing checks that will be tamper resistant? Look at the Bulletproof section. Pen Chalet has done a fantastic job of categorizing the different ink styles and brands to give us an excellent resource for finding the perfect ink for any given task or need. By clicking on the image, you'll be taken to a larger version of this graphic that you can study in more detail. Be sure and download or bookmark it so that you can easily reference it later!

The other graphic gives a good amount of information regarding Fountain Pens. In addition to outlining the different parts of a pen, they give you a closer look at the feed system, a brief history of the fountain pen dating back to 1702, common nib materials and line widths and a short display of fountain pen price points. There is also a rather extensive list of fountain pen manufacturers. Again, this is a valuable asset to users who may be new to fountain pens or looking to move up to a different nib size to accommodate a unique lettering style. Maybe they're researching how to swap a nib and they've heard the term "shoulder" and want to know where that particular piece of anatomy lies. As with the first graphic, the picture at right will take you to a larger version.

As a somewhat veteran user of fountain pens, I still find these graphics fascinating. I know a good bit of the information that's on them, but I find myself referencing the ink chart quite a bit when I'm looking for inks for a particular project. Pen Chalet offers these resources and many others on their website and blog and I encourage you to check them out. 

While you're there, check out their excellent selection of pens and inks. If you find something you just gotta have, plug in the coupon code nibandink to save 10% on your order. Thanks so much to Pen Chalet for providing excellent service and support to the pen community.

If you've got other resources that you find helpful, be sure and leave them down in the comments section so others might enjoy them as well.

Thanks for reading,
Matthew