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Welcome to Ravens March, a site devoted to the fountain pen; a writing instrument which is frequently misunderstood and somewhat mythologized. I hope to deal with the misunderstandings, but given how much I like them, I’m unlikely to quell any mythology (except the very silly sort).

There’s pretty pictures….

For those anxious to gaze upon fountain pens in their diversity, I have them on display in the History Department, under their makers arranged in alphabetic order. That department also contains a brief examination of the development of fountain pens from earliest times until the present (or at least, last summer), for those more interested in general trends than specific models.

Hmm… fountain pens, eh?

If you’ve just laid your hands on a fountain pen and want to know how to get it running, the Applied Arts Department lays out the basics of pen management. If you’re wondering whether you want to lay your hands on one, I have a bit of a primer for that, but you should be warned that I’m slightly biased.

Science! That means cuttin’ stuff up!

The Science Department examines the physics that let pens work and the parts that go into them. Happily, this does not require a very strong foundation in math.

Hideous! …but fixable.

Finally, I should mention that, while I do this mainly from pure love of pens, I do have a bit of a commercial enterprise underway as well. Have you laid your hands on a fountain pen that doesn’t want to work? I may be able to help, and I may be able to direct you to help yourself.

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A freshly laid easter egg

I’ve just produced a new little surprise, and hidden it away at the bottom of the page about cartridges where no one will ever look– a chart which, with some caveats, shows what cartridges will fit in which pens.  It won’t change the world, but it might make it a very little bit easier to …

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Return of the Clinic!

On Saturday next, which will be 14 May, I’ll be conducting another free pen tuning clinic at Paper Umbrella, from 11am to 3pm.  If you’re in the area and have a pen that’s being sub-par,  come on down!

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A gain in Delta

This is not an announcement of a spacecraft maneuver, alas; my delta-vee remains as ever at zero.  However, the arrival into my hands of a Delta Fusion 82 called for the creation of a page for it, which moved me to get cooking on the long-fallow page for the company itself.  Why “long-fallow?”  Well, the only …

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It’s getting damp in here.

That’s nothing to do with the proverbial April showers, but rather an increase of the Waterman content here.   There is a page for the Charleston and the L’Etalon, both of modern production.  This has also seen an updating of the family album.  There have also been some updates to the main Waterman page and a few …

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