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Alphabe Thursday Q is for Quink

September 12, 2013

Oh dear ‘Q’ has come round again but I didn’t have to look far this time. On my desk is a bottle of ink; it is called Quink,  a word formed from ‘quick’ and ‘ink’ developed by the Parker Pen Company in 1928. It was to be the new writing system, the ink drying by absorption and not by evaporation.  It was used with the Parker 51 pen introduced 10 years later.

Although I use a fountain pen all the time; especially when writing by first drafts for my blog (I can write more quickly with a fountain pen) I prefer cartridges as they are less messy.

But I like this little bottle; it was designed with a low centre of gravity to prevent tipping. Which was a good feature for me; as child as be lived on a houseboat.  A bottle of Quink, with an assortment of pens always stood precariously on the sideboard.  Although it was securely moored beyond the high tide level to have at least one thing unspillable in a family of 6 was a good thing.

My mother was determined that we should continue to use fountain pens;  even though ball points such as Biro were becoming available and affordable. She believed ball point pens were harmful to handwriting!

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy Kennedy permalink
    September 12, 2013 11:23 am

    This is so interesting. I don’t know of anyone who uses fountain pens these days. I have done a little with calligraphy, but that’s the extent of my experience that comes close to fountain pens. I’m a bit messy using those even and found I use ball point pens with more ease. What a quaint “Q” post!

  2. September 12, 2013 1:02 pm

    I enjoy my pens … different shapes and sizes and coloured ink! thanks for find comments.

  3. September 12, 2013 4:56 pm

    I had a fountain pen when I was younger – I need to look into getting one for my desk….

  4. Sarah ~ Magnolia Surprise permalink
    September 12, 2013 6:49 pm

    Well, ballpoints probably were harmful to handwriting! I remember having a Sheaffer pen that used cartridge ink — I particularly liked green ink!!
    I like your cute Beatrix Potter mug too!!

    • September 12, 2013 7:01 pm

      Yes! it is my daughter’s cup she 25 now! and far from home it is a comfort to me xxx

  5. September 13, 2013 12:24 am

    You have such an interesting blog.
    Visiting through Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday and I’ve had fun picking out random archive posts of yours to read – I particularly enjoyed your posts on ribbons which I related to – my grandfather always used to bring me ribbons for my hair when I was a little girl.
    I am still on a quest for a good fountain pen for my art and Quink sepia ink- I can only find it in blue.

    • September 13, 2013 8:01 am

      Thank you so much for your find comments. I still wear ribbons and scarfs! Yes I would love sepia ink too!

  6. September 13, 2013 12:41 am

    if I have neat handwriting I would use fountain pens but at last, I have terrible handwriting. but it’s nice that other people like yourself is using it.

    hope you have a great day.

    • September 13, 2013 8:02 am

      Hand writing is yours only … just love it! I will have a good and you! xxxx

  7. September 26, 2013 6:04 pm

    I definitely think that the higher quality writing instrument you use, the better quality your handwriting will be…

    I love the idea of using a Quink…

    This was quite the thought-provoking post for the letter “Q”!

    Thanks for linking.


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