Jobless broke guy in his late 20s. I write in a journal in an attempt to not completely lose my sanity.


I try to keep as few pens as possible (weird, I know). I do it by gifting pens that are good but are not for me. I am thinking about doing this with ink. Would it be alright if I sent you a bottle of ink?


Well damn, I wouldn't say no to that!


DM your address and I'll get it out next week. I'll even make my employer pay for the postage.


This is so damn wholesome, after a bad day it really made me smile. Thanks for spreading kindness, you're a great person.






It stands for Not in Employment, Education, or Training. It's used to describe people who don't participate in the workforce, willingly or not. I spent most of 2019 and 2020 as a NEET and it honestly gets insanely stressful if you don't take steps to care for your mental health.


I've been in the same situation at your age and I feel you. Keep your chin up and eventually Lady Luck will shine her gaze upon you, my friend.


I just watched Cast Away last night. "You never know what the tide might bring."




I’ve been jobless and broke in my late 20’s. I found reading Dark Horse by Todd Rose and Ogi Ogas as well as The Passion Economy by Adam Davidson helped me not lose my sanity. Admittedly, instead of getting a job, I got married and had a baby and am staying home at the moment so probably not your exact future situation but I did keep my sanity and I am still working on making money so maybe those books will help you too!


I'm desperate to get out of my hometown by the end of the summer. I'm not completely broke by any means but I have to live as if I am until I get paid. There are almost no job opportunities around here for me, I need to get back to the city where I studied. Thing is there, housing seems to be the problem.


Your feelings are completely understandable and valid. I’ve definitely felt desperate many times about rent prices in major cities. Especially when I was living with about 16-17 other people in a house in LA (that sounds worse than it was, mostly creatives trying to make it in various entertainment fields). I sincerely hope the best fit for you and your current situation comes along sooner rather than later!


I think I just need to work for the summer and get and land a job offer or internship in Bristol (UK), and then do whatever I can for a living situation there. I gotta be out of my current living place this year and for now luckily my expenses are low. But if I don't line up a place somewhere where there's opportunity by then I'm gonna have to settle for whatever job I can find here. And after over 2 months of searching and getting nothing, I simply don't think I can afford for that to be an option.


Kia kaha!


I drive a fork truck in a grain factory. I really enjoy the looks I get from lorry drivers when I pull out a good fountain pen from my dirty overalls, sign the paper work and hand it back to the driver telling him to try not to smudge the ink. My favourite part of the day.


I work in garbage and hazmat disposal…. I enjoy using fountain pens for notes and stuff but have to use ballpoint for shipping papers. Fountain pens can’t handle the pressure for 5-layer manifests.


[Could you get by with a Pilot Manifold nib, designed for copy pads / multiple layers?](https://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/topic/361683-comparison-of-pilot-elite-nibs/)


There are also old Esterbrook nibs that are meant for carbon paper. I imagine they would work and are not very expensive. Most people seem to really want the flex nibs so the hard as a nail nibs go for cheap.


This. No one I’d trust more than a person in a labor industry with a penchant for fine tools and the ability to take care of them in a dirty/abusive environment.


I'm a researcher, there's another guy in my office (6 occupants) who's a frequent FP user, plus a couple of the technicians who I work with regularly. We're even starting to see signs of contagion.


I'm a researcher as well!


I, too, am a researcher. r/labrats is another frequent haunt of mine.


Same. I even found a weird ancient fountain pen a retiring professor had left after packing up his office when I was helping move a colleague.


Midlevel manager at a multinational corporation. Don't tell teenaged me that this is how he turns out, he'll be pissed. 100% of my work is done on a computer, but I'm an avid note-taker and list-maker. Typing my notes is faster but I don't retain it the same way as I do when I write it down.


I read medieval engineer. Would have been envious of your job :)




Same, re: notes. Something about writing just makes it stick. Plus I have to pay more attention and figure out what's important since I type fast enough to copy what people are saying almost verbatim. Turns out that's not that helpful. If it helps, I read that as "medieval manager" and was wondering if that meant you used a battleax to keep people in line.


Exactly! Handwritten notes ftw if you want to actially take in/make sense of/remember much!


I work at a fine pens counter, so it's very easy and expected for me to use pens in my everyday work. I have regular customers in all types of jobs- teachers, office workers, public transit employees, artists, retirees, students. If it's a job where someone could conceivably use a pen, fountain pen users will do so!


Oh wow, what’s your EDC pen? Do you feel pressured to choose a fancy one?


And do they ever carry a sharpie just to agitate everyone?


Same! Fine pens counter at a hybrid book/stationary store. All sorts of people buying FPs here. It’s kind of like owning art with utility.


Military. I just don't bring them in the field for obvious reasons. At least 2 other FP user in my office as far as I know!


I literally have 2 other guys in my platoon who use their lamys for day to day note taking.


Military here too. It comes with me on the office days, stays at home during the operational ones


STEM teacher. I use my pens to sign and check exams, for journaling and just for my pleasure.


I had a psych professor once tell me that he used green ink because it signified hope... As in "you need all the hope you can get with answers like this." What color do you use?


My favorite math teacher used green! Another used purple. Math was not my strong suit, and their color choices were such a welcome change from red. Many decades later I still remember them and their ink!


I always used green or purple to grade student papers. Red seemed a bit hostile, lol!


I used to use green, but they started printing all of my assignments on green paper. Purple came out too black on the paper - it blended in with the student inks. I ended up settling on a reddish brown, which ended up looking the least hostile.


Colour for the mood. I like that. I use red for exams, of course, blue for signing and a lovely grey for journaling. I do have a special light blue for hopeful stuff, a pinkish red for all the things I love, black for drawing and a coffee brown for my diary:)


Software engineer. I take notes for professional certifications and trainings, both of which require me to take exams. I figure fountain pens are fun and the best way to study! I have many inked pens and use different colors to organize my notes.


Another software engineer here… I bounce between fountain pens (f and ex) and ridiculously fine Japanese gel pens - and a stub nib for titles on my notes :-) Been addicted to office supplies for years - and have a few vintage pieces from family that got me started - my dad was a pen / fountain pen aficionado, too.


Yep, fountain pens or gel pens depending on where I am and my level of frustration with Google. (Android developer here.)




911 operator. Our system is largely computer based but when I have to jot something down I tend to use my FPS, which means I also carry a rhodia notepad to work as well.


Lol first thought you where a Porsche driver, it's time it's weekend. My brain needs some rest


If that was a job (operating a Porsche 911) I would be first in line to apply…


I am a self-employed illustrator, designer and calligrapher. Fountain pens used to be my hobby and now they are actually a huge part of my day.


Blacksmith, woodcarver and work with leather, but besides that i just really love drawing and i love fountain pens, so i use them for that Also since I'm diabetic my doctor ask me to write down what i eat, my sugar levels and insuline i use, and tbh using a fountain pen makes that less of a pain


Engineering student :)


As a fully fledged engineer, I hope you enjoy it and stick with it! It can be very rewarding. And frustrating, but what isn't?


Oh definitely! I am currently being challenged a lot as I'm doing the 4 month internship that's a part of my program :) just started this week


How exciting! Good for you!


14 year old kid interested in calligraphy


It’s always great to see younger people in this subreddit. I wish it’d been around when I was a teen. I wish you luck in your pursuit of calligraphy!


Attorney. I have used FPs off and on going back to HS. The only person I really know who's also into FPs is someone i went to law school with, who is also a bit quirky and liberal arts educated as I am.


Glad to see a fellow member of the bar here. I secretly judge other attorneys by the pens they pull out to take notes with in court.


It's pretty rare for me to take a very nice pen to court, though, as I certainly don't want a nice pen lost/damaged. You'd probably rate me pretty low as I usually put things like ECOs, Lamy Al-stars, maybe a Lamy Studio in my pocket for such things.


Nothing wrong with those pens. I used a Studio just this morning in a status/scheduling conference. I'm talking about the guy who pulls out a chewed-up dollar store ball-point and then sits there and scribbles like a caveman trying to make fire until it starts writing. Or worse, looks over at me and asks "can I borrow a pen?"


Attorney here too. Usually use a Pilot G2 or Signo in court, but a lot of my nice fountain pens get used in the office.


'IT Guy' for a motorsports company.


I am an aspiring creature designer and I studied illustration. I have a job in a bookstore for a couple of days a week for money (a job I absolutely love to bits) I mainly use my pens to journal, but also to send letters, cards and I use my eco to sketch sometimes! (The filling mechanism also allows to just put one drop of ink in a glass to use with some water and a brush :))


I love designing creatures as well - working on making graphic novels and stories this year


A doctor with legible writing. I write so much at work that my hands were cramping and giving me wrist and finger pain with regular pens, so I made the switch to EnerGels a few years ago, but even that got too much for me now, so I turned to fountain pens. I use up about 2 mL of ink a day with an EF (Japan) nib. Vanishing Point is great for short notes and annotations, but I do make a bit of a show of starting the appointment by taking off the cap of my pen and sitting back ... and at the end, the cap goes back on, and we know the session is over. My patients comment that I must use "calligraphy" for all my notes!


Doctor with “legible writing” 😂. Need more of you!! It’s a pain to read patient’s files 😭


I had someone blindly grab one of my files and complain about how it's impossible to read my writing ... I calmly asked them to humour me and try to read my last note. They opened the file, saw my writing, and their face sank. I enjoyed it and smirked.


Nephrologist here. Lots of doctors use them in India , perhaps more than any other profession .


>Nephrologist Nephrologists are doctors who specialize in conditions that affect the kidney. In case others were wondering since I had no clue! Thank you for being a doctor and making a difference!




I had a client from India explain that all school children were required to learn how to write with a fountain pen. When I showed a client my ECO, he smiled big and wrote his ridiculously long real first name and complimented my pen.


I would love to here your suggestion on good Indian made pens. I have several from FPR, Kanwrite, Serwex, Ranga, and Airmail.


I'm an engineer. I do a lot of risk analysis and process improvement (I have a knack for fixing other departments' shit so that we can do *our* jobs). I take meeting and phone notes, draft meeting agendas and major points I want to hit, and also draft out my plan of attack for solving anything major. I do all of this in a cheap composition notebook. I also journal sometimes, and write letters. I keep a nightly gratitude journal, too.


IT support desk for a hospital. I don't use my FPs much for work other than noting down bullet points in weekly meetings, but I use them a TON at home when I write out plans for my Pathfinder 2e group!


Also a TTRPG fountain penner. Just feels right so right!


I’m a stay at home wife, mother, keeper of the pets. I love being a mother… but it feels like a lot of work raising a pre teen girl in this world. In my earlier years I have history of being an AP Lit teacher for high school seniors and then worked in the children’s department of our county’s library! I am thankful to not be working at this stage in life because I was also recently diagnosed with an autoimmune condition that regularly f**** with my life. And all of that to say I LOVE FOUNTAIN PENS.


I also have a chronic illness. Hi!


Me too 👋 - I'm an artist and animal mom with autism and autoimmune 😊. fountain pens are a special interest of mine that enhances all my art and journaling every day. My therapist of 4 yrs is also into fountain pens and we geek out about em every session 😂 - it's awesome! I've gotten a few friends into them as well and I dare say it's catching on. An ADHD friend recently requested help picking out a pen in hopes it will help him stay focused when writing. I've noticed that's definitely true for me - focusing on the pen and ink sensations is pleasurable and motivating 🙌


Hey friend. It sucks, eh? I hope you’re okay today. I’m okay ish. And also trying to differentiate a bad health day from a bad day in general if that makes sense!


Today is okay. Yesterday was a bad flare up. It comes and goes. Pens help!


I’m having a bad hand flare which makes the pen using tough. But I’m hoping it backs off soon! 💜


♥️ best wishes


Same here! Stay at home wife/mom. Kids are in school all day but I do volunteer in one of their classrooms a little bit at the end of each day. I use my fountain pens mainly for journaling and podcast notes. Previous work history is in banking, so I also consider myself a 'home economist'...nay - 'Master of The Budget!' sounds cooler.


Master Treasurer


I refer to my wife as the president of the board of directors. "I'm going to have to run this by the board of directors. I need to make sure the president signs off on this purchase"


Hahahah love it




I’m an amateur historian and writer. Use my FPS a lot.


I was never that interested in history until, weirdly, I started attending the opera. My opera does a pre-opera talk, usually putting the opera in historical context, and for whatever reason, that suddenly made timelines click together in a way they never really had before. The talk for Verdi's Attila blew my mind. "Holy smokes, this person and that person and this other person all were alive *at the same time*. OMG. All of this was happening all at once. Whoa." The talk for Madam Butterfly was also really interesting for somewhat similar reasons. What do you write? Historical fiction? Or do you aim to write a non-fiction book?


I’m a UX designer and a writer who spends too much time on the computer. I love analog tools and fountain pens bring me so much joy. I use them for planning, sketching out ideas and obviously while writing. I find that working with pen and paper before going to the computer is the best way for me to work.


I work in a small company so i do not have a job title. But i fix all the shit that the rest of my colleagues can’t. From speaking English to fixing printers with in between using excel and maintenance of our online systems. I’m the only one who uses fountain pens. I use them for notes, to do list, anything i need to remember. They find me hilarious for doing so but are all quite jealous of my handwriting. They also laugh with my knitting hobby. I also use my pens to write patterns of course. But to be honest most of their weekends are binge drinking so i do not think much about what they think. Sorry about the rant. :)


GP here. I use a vanishing point at work to make little memos and to sketch explanatory diagrams for patients. I like it because it doesn’t look like a fountain pen but it still feels like one. I am maybe overly concerned with not wanting to look fancy, because I want a consultation to feel collaborative, not hierarchical. No white coats! At home is where I use them the most. Mostly vintage pens used for journaling, planning and taking notes for D&D, writing occasional letters to the couple of friends who will write one back 😂


I sell flooring. Like carpet and LVP. My wife is an artist, so she has a reason to gush about inks and colors and writing implements. But me? I hand-write notes and then type quotes. I have absolutely no professional reason for having my pens. I will say my fascination with pens has connections to moments in my life. Like how I always disassembled pens growing up, or how I always was picky about the color of ink I used. The time that I read that some 3 billion pens are tossed each year and my little environmental heart stopped buying pens to protect the environment. Or how my dad would tell stories of doing math in ink and then showing me the pen (a late 60s parker 51 engraved with his initials given to him by his father which he gave to me last year). Who knows why we like these little ink sticks? I guess if I had to have a vice, I'm glad it's this. Probably more expensive than smoking but certainly less deadly!


Lorry driver - can't use a fountain pen at work cause so much of it uses carbon paper. In my own time I write fiction for fun with my fountain pens.


Engineer. I mainly use my pens for notes and lists at work to help keep my tasks organized. And then I keep a journal for work and home as well. Sometimes I only do a few lines of the same pangram, but I aim to use at least one pen daily.


I’m an Engineer but started as a drafter. Of course it was all digital but my drafting degree had some manual drafting classes in it which definitely jump-started my affection for writing implements. As a Liaison Engineer I spend a lot of time in meetings with airline customers, and unbeknownst to them I choose my pen/ink based on the airline meeting I’m attending.


I love this (choosing pens and ink based on meetings) and would really like to hear more about it!


Really just based on liveries… trying to match if I have that color inked or a complimentary color if I don’t. Diamine Aurora Borealis definitely looks good with certain Irish airlines ;-)


Investigator. I think there might be one other person in the office that also uses fountain pens.


I'm a researcher, I use FPs to take notes when working, be it meetings, seminars or reading research papers. I find I remember things better when I take notes, even if I never read the notes.


STEM Professor...lots of notetaking in meetings (5% to capture important things, 95% to alleviate boredom and stay focused), hand note-taking on hard copy articles, grading, and now 7 months in with basic bullet journaling to keep everything on track, and have a quiet, nonjudgmental place to vent about university inefficiency spiraling out of control.


Retired it professional, now a special needs tutor in a village school


I'm a writer, so I use my pens to write!


Was an electrician, now going into the military. Not a lot of everyday use in the fore and doubt there will be in the latter. But I use them in my private time daily. I like to journal and write fiction in my free time.


I am a musician, and music teacher. I teach fully online now. But I have a super passion for journaling, and writing. So I use my fountain pens just for the pure enjoyment of using them as I write. I might also add that I love wood case pencils, mechanical pencils, and also different ballpoint pens. So basically I guess you could call me a stationery junkie. One can never have too many pens, pencils, or notebooks.


Software Engineer. In a pre-pandemic time when I used to work from the office, I always used a fountain pen at work. I would almost always get curious glares from other engineers around me. I use it just for taking notes during meetings, or while I am thinking or reading a doc. I cannot write as fast as I want with my Fountain pen, but I feel it helps me to think process, and take terse notes.


Left-handed General Surgeon here. I use a range of FPs, depending on the day - Lamy, Pilot, Visconti. I do my best work when the patient is asleep, so they can’t see if I am any good. I need to inspire confidence in what I do with my hands very quickly. Dressing well, being cleancut and using a fine instrument (FP) achieves this goal. It’s also a great conversation starter/ice breaker with nervous patients.


Do you do your chart notes in the OR with your FP, or is it for clinic days only? I did a rotation through ortho and one of my staff used FP's exclusively and borrowed my pen one day and I gave him my decoy ball point and he threw it across the room.


I'm an almost 16-year-old teen. I use my Jinhao fountain pen for all of my schoolwork. Why? Because these kinds of pens give you a classic feeling, even if they're no longer 'that' popular. Some people just like small things, it's the little things that make life fun some times. For me, fountain pens are one of them.


I'm in health care, my partner is in mental health. We both use FP's for personal journaling. I also use it at work for some handwritten notes, both official documentation (charting) as well as my own personal notes. My partner has an FP at her work too, not sure how much she uses it there.


Mechanical engineer, developing customer-specific mechanisms; designing stuff involves a lot of note-taking (you get some of your best ideas "out-of-order", before you can actually implement them).


IT Consultant




Lab technician. I don't use FPs at work.


Tax Lawyer at an investment bank.


I'm a civil engineer/planner but currently on mat leave. When I'm at work I use my pens just for my daily to do lists and notes but at home I use them for writing and journalling. I don't want to carry on in construction though, I want to be a writer! I don't know anyone who uses fountain pens - at my work it's all pencil and ballpoint.


I work at a non-profit in Germany with longterm unemployed people, it's a weird mixture of manager/teacher/social worker. There's a lot of paperwork, we still do that analog. So of course I use my fountain pens. The group I work with see that as my quirk and we're having fun with it. Sometimes they show me their cover letters and I'm not using red ink to mark the mistakes. One of them is using her old school fountain pen, I've offered to refill the cartridge once it's empty. I might even buy some Jinhao Sharks as a give away for them, pen-abling is an important duty!


I'm a mid-twenties romantic. I took a year off from a professional school to teach Scuba diving in the Carribbean. I'm writing with a pen found on this island in a very old handmade stone house. It was found in a desk they were throwing out. It's called cochina construction and uses shells as mortar. It was owned by a whaling captain, long dead, and has survived many hurricanes. It may have used to write profit and loss statements for his whaling. I've had it professionally restored and use it daily.


Freelance journalist


Management Consultant


I work in IT for a university, but I also order all the material we use. I use my fountain pens to make notes of due dates, keep up with orders coming in and out, and I try to fill a journal page everyday because I find it relaxing. I'm the only FP user I know personally, but I bought my wife some shimmer inks for her journal/school work along with a TWSBI and she's coming around to it.


Records manager, reviewer, playtester, translator, documentalist.


Software engineer/manager. I work from home 9 of 10 days. I take some work notes with FP and journal with FP!


i’m an animation student, focusing more in concept art and story!! i also just draw/paint for fun. i don’t really talk to many people but i know there’s probably others who use fountain pens in the anim department, more in other majors


Analytics developer, it’s kinda funny because my job is all about automating digital processes, but I take 1,000 notes a day on paper. I was in a meeting recently and someone asked me, “Are you taking notes with a calligraphy pen? Do you always do that?”


WFH in a support role for a FAANG. Used to be an engineer glad to see a few here.


I am a system administrator. We keep servers running and patched. I converted to Buddhism and i am learning Chinese - i use my fountain pen to practice Chinese calligraphy and copy down Middle Chinese texts using the xíngshū style of script. It helps with learning the characters and also is a good meditation. I use a fude nib pen and i really enjoy it.




Supervisor of admin in a multispecialty clinic - I don't know anyone else that uses them


Attorney, PE & vencap


I'm a candlemaker who owns her own business. Got back into decorating my journal and journaling by hand as a way of getting a daily dose of non-monetized creativity after I had my son and was time-limited, which led to the fountain pen rabbit hole. :) I do watercolor as a hobby (I just started a little over a year ago and am very much a beginner!) and I will use inks that I just don't love in a pen in art sometimes too.


Fireplace service technician. The business where I work has been in business for more than 50 years and their bookkeeping methods show it. I bought a Pilot Metro as a joke, insinuating if we do 1960s era bookkeeping, then we should use that era of pen as well. Fast forward a couple days and I had fallen in love with the metro. Swiftly fell down the rabbit hole...


I'm an electrical engineer. I just use mine for whatever I'm writing, usually lab notes and todo lists.


I’m freelancer (writing, editing, research) and aspiring historical fiction writer. After years of struggling to figure out how to do the butt-in-chair using several versions of software to master the wild beast of a Work In Progress, I went back to FP’s, pencils, and notebooks. I write anytime, all the time, anywhere. FP’s unlocked the process for me.


STEM professor. I don’t really use fountain pens for work though as almost all of my work is digital. I love them for personal use: journaling, keeping lists, writing letters, planning trips, etc. At my institution I know several faculty and staff who use FPs.


I'm a music teacher! I use fountain pens in my bullet journal and travelers notebook inserts daily.


Engineer. Such a welcome break from computers and CAD software.


I’m a librarian in charge of digitizing vast paper collections and archives, but I still do a lot of writing and planning.


Military, formerly bank solicitor. Here in Romania, children are still taught to write using fountain pens in schools, so people don't see them as exotic. There are also numerous adults using them as a matter of course. Therefore, it would be very unusual not finding fountain pens or FP ink in a stationery store around here. Also, the eternal topic in this sub about what paper is good/better/best for fountain pens is rather moot for me, because paper that's more or less FP friendly is the norm here.


Logistics in my office several pen enthusiasts but as far as I know only 2 fp users both I penabled. In my spare time I'm a fiction writer and edit occasionally I know of 1 fp user. Journal and planner I know lots of fp users there. I use my fp to write everything. And I write a lot.


Healthcare Consultant


Same here.


Journaling. Brain dumping. Studying my Spanish.


i'm a network/sys admin.


I'm an electronics technician that works on fire safety systems used in public transportation infrastructure. Since I'm often in the field in some gnarly places the nicer pens stay wrapped up, but I carry a TWSBI mini vac in my safety vest pocket for field notes.


Lawyer. First got interested back when I was in criminal law and one of my judges signed all his judgments with a fountain pen. I definitely find myself quietly resisting the paperless trend because I find it really helpful to have paper copies of stuff and of course it gives me an opportunity to mark them up using a bunch of fountain pens. Otherwise it’s just my journal, to do list, and a handful of pen pals


IT. I work remotely as an AWS DevOps Engineer. No one I know even owns a FP. Outside of the gifts I’ve given that is. I try to share the joy when possible.


Just a factory worker. I enjoy using fountain pens for journaling and for drawing more recently.


OP: I hope this is not too invasive... Reddit: 450 replies and counting. Seriously, with the range of replies here I think we've got quorum to start an alternative civilization or something but then I didn't see any manufacturers chime in so that idea is a dud. Am surgeon. Most of us dont use fountain pens where I work but many people I know who use fountain pens are doctors.


Financial services compliance. Use one all day for notes, signing off on various things. etc.


Atm I am studying for my numerous fixus test to get accepted in to pharmacy at the RUG. I use fountain pens because I like the customisability of ink colours and just the way they glide over paper


Working on becoming a surgeon,eventually bio-tech spec.simple and plain.


I'm an archivist, I use fp in daily and work life. I've also noticed that I take much better notes about my garden plans and observations when I use beautiful pens and inks, so it's part of how I trick myself even doing what I need to do.


Linux L3 Support Engineer for a big restaurant chain, 100% remote job, but unlike others, I easily get bored of working at home, I don't like it very much, fortunately I can work at my daughter's house for some variety. I mostly use my pens for note taking and for trainings. I'd like to do lettering or learn something else like Spencerian but I try to give most of my free time to my daughter 😁


I'm a software engineer. ​ Even though everything I do eventually is typed in my keyboard, the thought process not on the PC helps me to stay focused.


I’m a lawyer - while I use the computer often, my attorney notes are hand written (my firm has sprung for good paper for me!). Also, I journal. I don’t think there’s any one type of person, profession, or path that is a singular user of fountain pens. I think that anyone who has an affinity for writing, can use fountain pens.


One more thing - when my kids aren’t using pencils for school work, they do use fountain pens (Pilot Kakuno - fine nib). You got to penable them early!


I'm an attorney. I use nothing but fountain pens. I do write a lot by hand though. For some reason, my writing mojo can't get out of first gear unless I am writing by hand. Editing then comes when I am typing out what I initially wrote by hand. Time-consuming but it is what works for me. I also (to the chagrin and frustration of my support staff) maintain a paper calendar and take all my notes on cases and meetings by hand. Not to mention the fun of being able to reach into my suit pocket and pull out a fountain pen to sign documents. There has been more than one "ohhhhhhhh you came prepared" comment made.


I'm a freelance writer. I've written 2 novels (still unpublished), lots of short stories, some plays and screenplays, and in recent years I've mostly written essays, although a short story or the beginning of another novel still slips out now and then. 25 years ago, in addition to being a writer, I was also an actor and a musician, but I decided I was spreading myself too thin, so I've concentrated on writing for the past quarter-century. I'm not an academic, but I hang out with academics a lot, and I read a lot of things which are mostly read by academics. For example, here on the desktop next to the laptop is Hermes en Haute-Egypte. Tome II. Le fragment du discours parfait et les definitions hermetiques armeniennes, by Jean-Pierre Mahé. It's a critical edition of two Hermetic texts, one in Coptic and one in Armenian. I don't limit myself when it comes to the topics of my essays -- why be a freelancer if you don't try to be "free"? -- but I do frequently write about history, philosophy, religion and the arts, and also about climate change and solar and wind energy and EV's and related things.


I'm a chemical engineer. More specifically, I'm a rubber compounder. I do R&D to develop rubber formulations for off the road tires. I use my fountain pens for taking notes in the office as well as for journaling at home. If I'm taking notes in the plant or at a mine site, I'm typically using a gel pen or rollerball.


Mail carrier, though I just carry an uncapped Bic at work. Click pens are snagged by others. Gel pens freeze. Stuff falls out of your pockets when reaching into deep hampers. A vp would catch all the rain and snow. I’m open to ideas though!


This is gonna sound really sad, but since chronic illness has me stuck at home now, writing helps prevent me from bottling up all my feelings. Being able to look in my journal and seeing that i made some progress even if it doesn't feel that way is pretty important to me. And refilling cleaning and choosing inks is a great way to keep myself busy when there is nothing to do.


County worker, full time. Also full time mom.


Ophthalmic technician. I don’t use my fountain pens at work because I’m afraid I’ll damage them.


I’m a lawyer. I work at a fairly large firm, but only know of one other person there so far who uses FPs. My dad got me into FPs, unintentionally. He was in industrial sales and had a client give him a couple Watermans when he visited a manufacturing plant that was making them. I was fascinated with his pens growing up and eventually got my own.


I’m a receptionist and in my free time an avid gardener. I always loved to write down things on paper, but sadly I am not a writer…


I’m an artist and I use my fountain pens. I work with other artists and no one else uses them! I did get lucky and found out my boyfriend, early in my relationship, uses them. His grandmother got him into them :)


I co-own and manage a small commercial print shop. We have software to help manage the 50-100 projects simultaneously going at any given time, but nothing helps keep me more aware of what to do than a daily handwritten list.


Academic librarian! And one of my fellow librarians introduced me to fountain pens. Apparently there's also a faculty member who uses them, but I haven't met them


College student and part-time tutor ^-^ I use my FPs for my planner and journal


Long-term Grad student (already have a masters, working on PhD) Honestly for me it’s meditative. To hand write notes - circumstantial, but I feel like I remember better if I write it down even if I don’t later review it.


I own a trucking company. I use it for company signatures, important documents, etc.


Author & lawyer. I write my novels and other books longhand (probably to a productivity detriment), but I love using fountain pens and there's a different feeling writing longhand vs typing it out. More of a mind-body-story connection and easier to get into the groove. So many distractions on computers!


part time Arby's employee and artist 💀 i only use my pens for my art though and also some light journaling.


I'm an architect, generally working in preservation. I use one FP for work, a vanishing point, which I use for notes. Since the ink I use is not great on bad paper, it forces me to use one notebook for all my notes, which helps me stay organized. I do not use the pen for sketching. For sketching I use a pentel sign pen, a pentel p209 mechanical pencil, or my favorite, a diamond razor point II pen, inevitably on copy paper or canary trace. For the most part I use my fountain pens for journaling. I write about 1.5 pages of a5 every single day. I use fountain pens for journalling for a few reasons. One, like alternating ink colors every day, since it allows me to see when one entry begins and another ends. Two, a good fountain pen is easier to write with for long periods. Three, if you use the right ink, it will be very resistant to water damage. There are some good waterproof gel pens out there but I prefer the FP.


An IT professional who wants to take my mind off from my other 2 hobbies, photography and watches. Both are more costly.


Speech therapist. My pens are pretty special to me, so I leave most of them at home. Fountain pens are finicky sometimes, so I prefer regular ol ballpoint pens for work.


I'm a professional chef, and I like to use my fp when tackling my personal budgeting as well as my consolidated recipe notebook at home (wouldn't dream of taking the fp to the goblin hole, though).


I’m a technician in an entomological collection, and also a freelance scientific illustrator! I write a lot of notes, but I also use my pens for sketching. Haven’t used them very much for finished artworks, yet, but maybe I’ll get around to it!


Violinist in a professional orchestra


I'm an ICU nurse. Fountain pens aren't super convenient at work, but I'll use them for my report sheets and other paperwork when I can. I keep a nice and cheap ballpoint in my pocket for quick notes and anyone that asks to borrow a pen.


Run my own law practice.


IT consultant by day and naturalist by night, using FP for all facets work and play, from note taking to brainstorming, bullet journaling to love letters for my wife. I tried digital in every form for over a decade, have come in to paper and FP full force and feel my brain is far less constrained and free to ... create. Albeit with crappy handwriting ;)


I am a retirement plan specialist, so I do compliance testing on 401k plans for our clients. Boring as fuck, but it's easy work, I rarely have to talk to a customer, and I get to leave it behind when I clock out. Most of my coworkers take all of their notes on their computer, but I've always liked having a notebook to keep a reference so I don't have to keep minimizing stuff to reference one of the 40 documents I have open at and one time. I only know of one coworker who has a fountain pen and it was a gift and she uses it for signing papers and that's it. I recently got my husband into fountain pens, too. He's a programmer, but he doesn't use his fountain pens at work, just for journaling and drawing at home.


Spa management and accounting here. Use FP often for communications with our contractors and for records. The oils/lotions that get on everything tends to be an issue in lifting regular ballpoint inks so FP inks tend to be my go to.


I'm a software engineer. Since most of my writing consists of notes to myself, I can use any pen, any ink, any color I damn well feel like which is cool when packages from Goulet come in. I'm the only one around here (large corporation) that uses fountain pens though once a colleague pointed one of my Safaris and identified it. When I asked him, he said his father has been (unsuccessfully) trying to get him to use one, all while rolling his eyes.


I’m an engineer, and I use my pens to take quick notes during the day and in my planner (I prefer paper planning because it keeps me mindful of what my priorities and workload look like). I’m also an avid journaler, which is what I mostly use my fountain pens and nice paper for.


I'm a customer account specialist. I exclusively use fountain pens because they're easier for me to use after a very bad wrist fracture with lasting nerve damage and limited hand mobility. I got my son started on them. He likes doing calligraphy, but also uses them at work as a security and fire systems installer. I gave him my Kaweco brass and it's his EDC now.


Litigation attorney-use my FP's every day.


Part-time instructor, lyft driver, and writer in my 40s. I've used a fountain pen ever since an ex in high school gifted me one in h.s. I can't remember what it was called, but in the 90s there was a fountain pen you could find in most major grocery stores in the u.s. I had a couple of those before they seemed to disappear, then discovered lamy and only had lamy for a long time. This sub has recently exposed me to lots of other affordable pens.


I'm a high school teacher and have gotten two of my coworkers addicted to pens.


I’m a writer and editor, and have been using fountain pens since I was a school as they were a requirement. For me it’s almost natural to have a pen on hand. I tend to carry around Kaweco pens as they are small, but I love to drop money on great inks. Inks for writing (and letter writing as I moved countries before the panini and like to write to my elderly aunt), and terrible drawing (people and fantasy maps).


Production staff in the animation industry. I bullet journal to keep track of my tasks and daily deadlines (as well as Surprise: Something Broke and No One Can Work Around It explosions) and flipping between different pens and colours helps keep my adhd brain engaged as I write stuff down and review notes etc. I also take detailed notes during creative meetings where i really need to keep track of ideas/future adjustments and typing just doesn’t help me retain contextual info as easily as physically writing it down. Shorthand cursive is faster for me than typing so I actually use my best paper and smoothest FP and i am scribbling at the same speed as the artists/directors talk.


Was a bicycle mechanic for a few years, currently work retail. I like tinkering with stuff, which is a big part of why I think I'm so into fountain pens. Different nibs, adjusting the tines and smoothing, how they feel and look with different inks, etc. In the last 5 years I think I've encountered 2 people that actually use them or even really know what they are lol.


Advertising design/creative director and painter. I use them almost exclusively (for anything I need a pen for) - carrying 5-6 to the office each day, inked in different colors. I use the colors to code note taking (by speaker or subject), color code camera movements in a storyboard - and as illustration ink under watercolors (with a waterproof ink).


I'm an admin assistant for one of the partners in a hotel/condo rental office. Everything's digital now, so I use them to journal when there's a lull in work. I get a lot of Journaling done. All TWSBI, three iris vacs, five 580 ALR'S, an iris 580, and a EF precision.


Admin in an IT dept...use fps at work to counter all the tech I use daily - taking notes, tasks lists...whenever I can write instead of type I do. At home, it is the only writing instrument - lists, journaling, calendering, etc.


I work as a technician in a medical field, and use fountain pens for all note taking and patient charts, which adds just that little bit of fun for me in what can otherwise be very boring work. No one else I know uses one, though.