It's an antique dip pen at this point
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It's an antique dip pen at this point

The story of a dip pen that's been in my family for generations.

My grandmother had these really cool fountain pens, which she called "dip pens". She kept them in this cute little, blue felt-lined box as if they were worth a million dollars.
She explained to me that her grandmother had given her her very first dip pen. I had to ask her what that meant and she explained that "normal" pens have an ink reservoir in them, but dip pens or most fountain pens, did not. In order to keep writing, one must dip the pen into ink before one could continue.
I would often see her penning letters to family or friends using one of those dip pens. It wasn't until I was older, a teenager, that she started to teach me how to use one.
I picked it up w/surprising ease. It's how I become so gifted at calligraphy. Her & I would sit for hours working on getting my lettering just so. It was nice spending that time w/her.
When I graduate high school, she came to my graduation party with a small, nicely wrapped package. She insisted I open it then & there. Inside was the dip pen that her grandmother had given her. I was so touched I started to cry! I knew how much that pen meant to her; I couldn't believe she was giving it to me.
She told me to keep it in the family; that when I had my first grandchild, I should teach them, like she taught me. I can't wait until I have my first grandbaby. It's a special gift.
Many kids of tips for dip pens.
Many kids of tips for dip pens.
My Grandmother's dip pen that she passed on to me.
My Grandmother's dip pen that she passed on to me.
“I would often see her penning letters to family or friends”
A very old antique dip pen that I think has a lot of character.
A very old antique dip pen that I think has a lot of character.
I've collected a few of my own now to hand down to my kids.
I've collected a few of my own now to hand down to my kids.