Joe Levi:
a cross-discipline, multi-dimensional problem solver who thinks outside the box – but within reality™

Disposable Fountain Pen

Most people who know me would catagorize me as a technophile.

I also have an affinity for fountain pens. Some might see that as a contradiction — bear with me.

Credit for the invention of the fountain pen is given to Lewis Edson Waterman in 1884. The modern ball-point pen wasn’t invented until 1943. Some might say the ball point pen was the evolution of the fountain pen. I see things from a slightly different angle: as of 2006, the ball point pen has had 63 years of improvements, whereas the fountain pen has had 122 years, making the fountain pen almost twice as technologically advanced as the ball point pen. Follow?

Up until recently, the fountain pen was lagging behind the ball point pen in one significant area: disposability.

I’m not much for disposable anything (I’d prefer to reduce, reuse, recycle), let alone disposable pens, but now there is a disposable fountain pen — and it’s piqued my curiosity. That said, I have three arriving at my house tomorrow, so I’ll update this post with an objective review once I’ve put a mile of ink behind me.


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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sweet! Dad gave me a fancy fountain pen he had and I used it for a few months, but when I couldn’t find the right sized ink cartridge for it, I tried to jury-rig something and got some plastic stuck in there that I haven’t been able to get out. 🙁

    Where’d you get those disposable pens?


  2. Joe says:

    Heya Mook! Click the image and it’ll (should) take you right to the product page on the Office Depot website.

    They have three colors: black, blue, and purple. Only available in fine-point. (I’m a medium/broad nib type.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    This is great!

  4. Joe says:


    I’m a web developer by profession, so I do stumble across new templates frequently.

    Sorry for the confusion…

    Oh, I think you’re a blog spammer, but since your submissions contain links they’re auto-magically filtered and edited for me. If that’s your only reason for being here, you won’t gain any relevance by spamming my blog. If you’re here for legitimate reasons, please accept my humble apologies.

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