A fountain pen is a writing instrument which uses a metal nib to apply a water-based ink to paper.
It is distinguished from earlier dip pens by using an internal reservoir to hold ink, eliminating the need to repeatedly dip the pen in an inkwell during use.
The pen draws ink from the reservoir through a feed to the nib and deposits it on paper via a combination of gravity and capillary action.
There are several factors that allows a company to dictate extremely high prices for these writing tools.
Each item features superior engineering and is a part of a long history of the brand.
Many Fountain pens are expensive because of high material costs and high production costs.
One contributing factor is the material of the nib. The tip of the nib is sometimes of a different material than the rest of the nib. Hence, you might have platinum tips, or iridium tips, or gold tips, in short tips of precious metals.
The other factor that determines a high price for the pens is certainly their supreme quality. Craftsmanship and several hours of manual work are required to produce each item.
It often takes more than 100 steps for production of the whole pen.
A lot of effort and skills are required to give it the perfect symmetry and shape.
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(fountain pens and prices posted on the Internet 12/21. Actual prices may vary)