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22 Sep 2012
The first practical fountain pen was patented by Lewis Waterman in 1884. Fountain pens were the first form of pens to be used by men. However, the oldest surviving fountain pen belonged to some Frenchman named M.Bion dated to 1702. Antique fountain pens are prized possessions and are collector's items because they are really unique. Most in the antique pens are very expensive because they are very rare and are not easily available inside the market. Antique fountain pens as a result of the age need special care and handling techniques. These pens usually have ink filling mechanisms and differ greatly from your modern fountain pens. The cost of these antique fountain pens depends greatly on whom they belonged to and what material they're comprised of. Other factors like the quality from the nib as well as the material used for that nib also help determine the price. In case, the nib is constructed of gold or silver, the prices automatically rises up a great deal. Since many of the vintage pens have a very history behind them, their prices rise accordingly because the demand becomes too high. Despite being expensive, these pens are extremely popular amongst those who enjoy writing with fine pens and who have a desire for collecting pens belonging to different periods. The prices of those pens also depend on the case by which these are kept. If the cases are made from gold or silver or some good quality metal and are hand crafted, then this prices tend to become quite high. These rare fountain pens aren't sold at wholesale outlets and therefore are usually present in flea markets or old curio shops. You can purchase antique fountain pens over the special dealers dealing in antique pieces. Various websites also offer a variety of vintage restored fountain pen and by having a good search; one can possibly purchase them for low prices.


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