Today, we start writing with fountain pens in my Italic handwriting calligraphy class. I've always wanted to write with one. A friend gave me several used ones last year but I could only get one to work after it was cleaned and loaded with ink. I want to learn how to write fast, create legible marks with fabulous negative spaces and counters, rhythm and crisp joins. Will writing with a fountain pen encourage me to write more? Will the beauty of the letter forms lead to a writing practice? I can hardly wait until this afternoon when we receive our new Manuscript Classic Calligraphy Set with five nibs. Oh, the anticipation of learning something new.