Glossopedia of Pen Terms

(This page revised March 19, 2018)

Introduction  A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W  X  Y  Z

Reference Info Index | Glossary of Paper Terms  ]

This complete Glossopedia is also available as The RichardsPens Guide to Fountain Pens, Volume 1, as an ebook that you can carry with you on your mobile device.

Introduction

Like any other specialized item, the fountain pen has amassed a lexicon of terms that are unique. A collection of terms peculiar to a certain subject or field of endeavor is called a jargon; and like other jargon languages, fountain pen jargon can be cryptic or misleading, even to collectors with more than a little experience. One reason for part of the confusion is that some terms have changed meanings, in some cases quite dramatically, since they first came into use more than a century ago.

Fountain pen

This Glossopedia is a compact glossary/mini-encyclopedia of words, phrases, and names, with more than 1,500 definitions and descriptions, more than 900 illustrations, more than 170 patent citations linked to their respective patent documents at various archives, and extensive cross-references. Its specific focus, like my own, is American fountain pens, but I am sufficiently distractible that some entries relating to foreign pens and manufacturers, ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, etc., have inevitably crept in.

Manufacturer logo

In addition to defining jargon words and phrases, the Glossopedia also includes historical and usage notes. There are also brief histories of many pen companies and capsule biographies of some of the people who made important contributions to the advancement of fountain pen technology.

The content of the Glossopedia is organized alphabetically. For numbers, look under the spelled-out form; e.g., for 14K, look under fourteen.
Filling system
 
Filling system

If there is a magnifying-glass symbol (Magnifying glass) next to an image, click the magnifying glass to view a zoomed version for more detail.

Bookmarking or Linking to Entries in This Glossopedia

To bookmark or create a link to a specific entry, navigate to its page and hover over the entry name until a tooltip appears. The tooltip shows you the link target for that entry. Then create your link like this example for WARRANTED, using the target that the tooltip gave you:

http://www.richardspens.com/?gloss=warranted

Paste this link wherever you like. To bookmark it, paste it into the address bar and press Return/Enter. When the page has loaded, bookmark it in the usual way.


The information in this Glossopedia is as accurate as possible, but you should not take it as absolutely authoritative or complete. If you have additions or corrections to the Glossopedia, please consider sharing them with us to improve the accuracy of our information.

© 2018 RichardsPens.com Contact Us | About Us | Privacy Policy