One Cool Thing: Fountain Pen Hospital

Apr 24 2015

The Fountain Pen Hospital in New York City was founded in 1946 and caters to customers who prefer a classic pen.
The Fountain Pen Hospital in New York City was founded in 1946 and caters to customers who prefer a classic pen.

What is it? Even in this digital world, there are times when you need a pen. A surprising number of people still prefer the old-fashioned kind and many get theirs at Fountain Pen Hospital in Manhattan.

A hospital? The company began in 1946, when its primary business of repairing pens led to its name. It’s still run by the grandsons of the original company founder, too.

Where is it? Find it at 10 Warren St. in the financial district, about a block from New York’s City Hall. They’ll also ship to Canada from their website.

What to buy? No plastic BIC pens here! While the store carries some relatively inexpensive pens, most are around $100 to $800. You can also find limited-edition collectible models that run into thousands of dollars. And if you only know Montblanc, check out some of the other premium brands, including Pelikan, Sailor, Visconti and Waterman.

Prefer more modern? If filling a fountain pen isn’t your thing, there’s also a wide selection of ballpoints and rollerballs.

Vintage, too! The store carries a huge inventory of antique pens, all of which still work just as well as they did when they were new — even if some are almost a century old.

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