Over the years, there have been many debates on whether children should use fountain pens or not.
Online PR News – 21-November-2015 – Bangalore – Over the years, there have been many debates on whether children should use fountain pens or not, when they transition from pencil usage.
Bril has been in the school stationery and baby & children’s products space for over 50 years now. Over the years, they have been following some research globally, spoken to handwriting experts, and have also studied various developmental aspects that are beneficial to children and adolescents.
Following are the reasons based on their research why children should definitely start off on fountain pens and not ball pens, gel pens or micro tips, from around 10 years of age (Std. / Grade 5) to at least 16 years (Std. Grade 10):
- Traditional fountain pens with high-quality nibs allow children to hold the pen in the correct position. This ensures the least pressure on a child’s hand and brings about awareness of grip, leading to stability of writing in the long run.
- Holding the pen in one position becomes essential as the flow of ink is optimum (due to abrasion of the nib) in the position used most often by the child. This promotes discipline of grip and makes writing a conscious effort, improving fine motor skills and brain development.
- Quality fountain pen ink is less viscous than other inks and offers the best flow under least pressure. Writing for a longer duration with a fountain pen is much easier than using ball or gel pens.
- Handwriting experts and graphologists advocate the importance of handwriting and its link to overall character and personality of a human-being.
- Learning to write with a fountain pen takes practice and this helps children become more patient, write slower, and work on this very important life skill constantly as they go through school. Patience is a virtue that is quickly disappearing in a world of instant gratification. Research shows delayed gratification during childhood has a direct correlation with success and happiness in adult life.
- Handwriting that is stable and legible will help children communicate what they learn and know to the world more effectively, with ease and confidence. Legible handwriting helps even smart children score higher in exams. Fountain pens definitely help children write with more self-awareness, confidence, and take pride in their writing.
- Conscious, mindful writing happens best with a fountain pen and this reduces mistakes and scratching.
“Never forget that handwriting is a person’s unique identity, and this needs to be nurtured with care and not treated as frivolously as typing. Even the beautiful fonts in our iPads and computers were created by artists who studied calligraphy. Steve Jobs too was inspired by meditation and a calligraphy course he took,” sums up Jayaram Rajaram, Managing Partner, Bril.