Started in 2012 to help promote the use of fountain pens in day-to-day life, as well to help revive handwriting as a whole, Fountain Pen Day has grown into a worldwide celebration on the first Friday in November.
So, just what does one do on Fountain Pen Day? Well, if you're already addicted to fountain pens like we are, it's assumed that you will be writing with a fountain pen at some point during the day. To go above and beyond, we suggest going to a meetup, exploring a new pen & ink pairing, and sharing your love of writing with others.
Being a pen & stationery enthusiast can feel isolating in a culture that favors rapid digital communication. There's plenty to be learned, appreciated, and shared when a group of fountain pen addicts gets together to geek out over pens and ink. Grab a case full of your inked pens and head out to a meetup (or host one) to celebrate FPD with pen pals.
Attending a pen show is not only a fun way to meet up with like-minded appreciators of fine writing instruments, but it's also the best way to expand your horizons by browsing massive pen collections that include modern and vintage pens from manufacturers all over the world. If you're in the area, the Ohio Pen Show is being held during Fountain Pen Day weekend with over 150 exhibitor tables.
You can also find a local group that may be meeting on November 2nd. If one isn't going on in your area, you could always post your interest in an online pen forum to see if you can connect to others in your area for a friendly meetup at a public location. A coffee shop or library tend to be ideal locations, but you should call ahead to make sure it would be permissible for you to meet there.
If you can't physically make it out to a meetup, you can join us for our first-ever live event on the Goldspot Pens YouTube channel to celebrate Fountain Pen Day. At 11 am Eastern Time, Friday, November 2nd, you can ask questions, chat with other pen enthusiasts, and see some awesome pens. Subscribe to the Goldspot Pens channel and hit the notifications bell to get an alert when the live show starts.
Regardless if you're meeting up or not, you can always post your pens and write on social media with the hashtag #Fountainpenday2018 to join the global conversation.
ENJOY a new pen and ink!
Pen addicts hardly need an excuse to buy a new fountain pen or ink. Whether you're celebrating a promotion, passing a significant personal milestone, achieving an ambitious goal, need retail therapy after a rough week, or celebrating a birthday early, there's always a good reason to treat yourself to great stationery.
Fountain Pen Day presents a perfect excuse to explore a new pen and ink pairing. A big part of the enjoyment in writing with fountain pens is the variety of nib sizes, pen styles, and ink colors you can explore to put your own unique flair on your signature handwriting.
Looking for something new to write with? Check out all the latest and greatest from over 50 of the best writing brands. Searching for your new favorite ink color? Check out our massive selection of bottled ink for fountain pens. Want a great deal? Our Fall Pen Clearance Sale has pens up to 75% OFF.
Starting Wednesday, October 31st (Halloweeen), and running throughout the Fountain Pen Day Weekend, there will be a variety of special free pen gifts with your next order. It's a progressive gift promotion, so the more you buy, the more you get free.
Fountain Pen Day Weekend Deals
- Order $30 or more, get a FREE 3-Pack of Ink Samples
- Order $75 or more, get a FREE 3-Pack of Ink Samples, a Goldspot Black Single Pen Sleeve and FREE Shipping (within the USA only).
- Order $149 or more, get a FREE 3-Pack of Ink Samples, a Goldspot Black Single Pen Sleeve, a FREE Bottle of Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink and FREE Shipping (within the USA only).
- Order $249 or more, get a FREE 3-Pack of Ink Samples, a Goldspot Black Single Pen Sleeve, a FREE Bottle of Pelikan Edelstein Olivine Ink, a Sheaffer Agio Fountain Pen and FREE Shipping (within the USA only).
Simply add your new favorite pen, an array of colorful inks, a fresh notebook for 2019, and all the best writing tools to your cart. The free gifts will be automatically added when you reach each level. No coupon codes required.
All free gift offers end Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 10 am Eastern Time. If any part of the order is returned which invalidates the minimum purchase requirement for the free gift(s) or shipping, the credit given will be less the cost of the gratis product. Promotion cannot be redeemed for cash value.
spreading the addiction
One of the most important, yet overlooked functions of Fountain Pen Day is to share your "penthusiasm" with people who are foreign to fountain pens (of which there are many). Most people may look at you sideways when you express the depth of your love for the writing experience. For them to truly understand, you need to put a pen in their hands.
Most pen collectors are rather reluctant to share their fountain pens with newbies, and I don't blame you. Fixing a sprung nib is quite expensive. What we suggest is to send at least one person who shows a general interest in good stationery and office supplies a Starter Fountain Pen Care Package.
We've put a lot of thought and feedback into putting together a selection of packages that include a quality pen, paper, and ink, perfect for beginners. Although there are plenty of instructional how-to videos on filling a fountain pen and writing with one, we would suggest showing your friend (in person or through video chat) just how to properly enjoy their new writing instrument and help them through any questions they may have.
FOUNTAIN PEN DAY 2018 GIVEAWAY
Lastly, we're celebrating Fountain Pen Day with a HUGE WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY! Enter below for a chance to be one of 5 winners of these great prizes:
- Grand Prize: Esterbrook Estie Ebony Oversized Fountain Pen - $250 Retail Value (Buy)
- 1st Runner Up: Pelikan M205 Olivine Fountain Pen w/ Matching Ink - $215 Retail Value (Buy)
- 2nd Runner Up: Lamy Safari All Black Fountain Pen with a bottle of Lamy Black Ink - $49 Retail Value (Buy)
- 3rd Runner Up: Penbbs 308 Fountain Pen with a set of 5 ink samples - $29.95 Retail Value (Buy)
- 4th Runner Up: Itoya Profolio Anywhere Journal A5 - $19.95 Retail Value (Buy)