Posted by GPP on October 21, 2003
In Reply to: Fountain pen and pen posted by R. Berg on October 21, 2003
: : How to differ the two?
: A fountain pen has a refillable reservoir that contains liquid ink. At least, that was the classic design; some fountain pens now have cartridges that are replaced when empty. All fountain pens are pens, but not all pens are fountain pens.
There are basically three different kinds of pens currently used:
the fountain pen, as described above (see http://pw1.netcom.com/~danhle/home.html),
the ball-point pen (see http://home.howstuffworks.com/pen3.htm),
and the felt-tip pen (see http://www.shoplet.com/office/db/g3277.html),
all of which have replaced the old-fashioned quill pen (see http://www.regia.org/quill2.htm).