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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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The Darling Buds of May… and points beyond.

As May showers batter the ground into yielding up June flowers (it’s Canada, folks– our seasons are no respecters of old lyrics), a few fresh updates appear.  The first, and in place long enough that this is now a late announcement, I have put together a page for a pen which I’ve have for more …

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A New Bird in Springtime (and some cleaning)

The Pelikan which I mentioned in the previous notice has arrived– it’s a Pelikan 25, the mysterious ur-cartridge pen (sort of) of my favorite* German company.  As a result, I’ve been able to run up a page for it and its fraternal twin, the 15. Also new, thanks to a local source beginning to stock …

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The least pressing post to date

In anticipation of the arrival of a Pelikan I have never met before, I was doing a little preliminary research for a new page. I discovered while doing so a few small facts that made me revise entirely the page for the “New Pelikans” of 1965 (until they weren’t really new anymore). Th result has …

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Clad all in steel

I’ve just added a page for the Pilot Myu, having had one in the shop to have its flow sorted out. Also, there’s now a sample of Waterman Florida Blue on the page for that company’s inks. If you’re thinking, “What, you’re only getting around to that now?!” I can only hang my head in …

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