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.