I’m a collector and user of vintage and modern fountain pens; my current collection comprises over 100 fountain pens dating from the late 1800s to today. I love writing with a fountain pen and find it difficult to write well with a biro or pencil. I was taught to write with a nib and ink in primary school where we had dip pens and inkwells set in the upper corner of the desk. In secondary school we graduated to fountain pens and could only use fountain pens for our school work. I used a fountain pen throughout university and used a fountain pen at work until computers came along. My first fountain pen was a blue Esterbrook, which I bought in September 1960 when I was shunted off to boarding school. My second pen was a maroon PARKER 21, which I still use today, about 57 years after I bought it. I wrote all my school exams, O Level, A & S Levels, and university exams and term papers with it. I’ve had it serviced just once in the time I’ve had it. I’m very careful with the ink I use in all my fountain pens: it has to be either Watermans or Diamine. I’ve found these inks to be the most compatible with a fountain pen: they are not corrosive, don’t clog and flow nicely whilst offering a good range of colours.