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Parker fountain pens

A fountain pen is a writing instrument, more specifically a pen, that contains a reservoir of water-based ink that is fed to a nib through a "feed" via a combination of gravity and surface tension. Refilling ink either involves replacing an ink cartridge, filling with an eyedropper, or using one of a variety of internal mechanisms to suck ink from a bottle. The fountain pen was commonly used in the past but has become more of a status symbol and collectible since the mass production of the ballpoint pen and other easier-to-use pens in the mid 20th century. (more...)

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