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Until the Biro put a spanner in the works, civilised society wrote with a fountain pen. Half a century on, they remain admired status symbols and are highly collectable.

30th January, 2010

Until the Biro put a spanner in the works, civilised society wrote with a fountain pen. Half a century on, they remain admired status symbols and are highly collectable.

Viewed as a practical writing instrument, the pen’s appeal lies in the way it adapts to the writer’s unique style, thanks to the flexibility of the nib. There are nine standard nib sizes and three different nib-tip cuts - straight, oblique and italic. A forthcoming sale...

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