While technology enables us to ditch lead and ink for keyboards, there has been a renewed interest in fine writing materials. Descending from the quill (featured heavily in Jose Rizal illustrations and movies), the ballpen’s ancestor, the fountain pen, is alive and kicking (or leaking) in the digital age.

Often regarded as a luxury item, the fountain pen can actually be a workhorse. You don’t need to get big name brands as your first pen (but if you can afford it, then by all means, splurge), with a variety of high-quality entry level writers available in the market.

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