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The History of the Fountain Pen. How did it come about?

The History of the Fountain Pen. How did it come about?


Polish Radio 1's 'Eureka' programme featured Prof. Aleksander Mikołajczak from the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, who has been a collector of fountain pens for many years, and is the author of the University Press' recent publication "Inkblot Design. The Social History of the Fountain Pen". The programme was hosted by Katarzyna Kobylecka.

"In the Atlantic Codex we find a fountain pen drawn by Leonardo da Vinci, which is based on the idea of an ink container combined with a writing tip. As far as we know, such a fountain pen was never constructed and 20th-century attempts to do so were also unsuccessful. This is because we do not have the most important part of the fountain pen drawn there, i.e. the feed, which is located under the nib", said Prof. Aleksander Mikołajczak on Radio 1.

The programme can be heard here: The History of the Fountain Pen

See the book: Design of the blot. Social history of fountain pens

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