In Kolkata, often called the cultural capital of the country, there are many who vouch by the fountain pen. For instance, Sucharita Sen, a resident of Bagha Jatin who works in an MNC in Salt Lake told us that it was mandatory to use fountain pens till Class VIII in her school. “I never gave up the habit and took all my exams using fountain pens throughout my life. Even now, when almost everything is digital, I carry fountain pens and often use them. I even signed my marriage certificate with an old fountain pen, which my parents also used when they got married.” Academician Bratati Bhattacharyya added, “A fountain pen also helps a child develop motor skills as it has a specific weight and needs to move in a certain direction to write. Fountain pens with high-quality nibs allow children to hold the pen in the correct position, which helps with stability and a good grip.”
Sales on the rise
At College Street and Gariahat, the the common verdict is that the fountain pens have definitely made a comeback and sales are on the rise. And according to the vendors, students prefer fountain pens that come with a piston-filling mechanism. “Though the mechanism is pretty old-school, many opt for it nowadays since it doesn’t stain your fingers,” said Hamid, a manager of a pen shop in a city mall that sells high-end pens. Added Swarup Kumar Adhya of a stationery store on College Street, “It’s good to see that many youngsters are buying fountain pens now. The pen varieties, which were popular in the ’70s and ’80s are making a comeback and sales have increased 50 to 60 times since 2016.”
‘I still use a fountain pen’
I love using fountain pens. I have one that I still use to write almost everything. I used to collect stamps, coins and pens, including fountain pens.
— Soumitra Chatterjee
‘I’m more creative with fountain pens’
I only write with fountain pens — be it a script or anything else. I think my creative juices flow better when I write with a fountain pen. I love how it stains my fingers. I also love collecting fountain pens.
— Goutam Ghose
Source: Times of India