Qompendium is an evolving and ever-changing platform for philosophy, art, culture and science, represented by a series of print publications: magazines, books and monographs. Furthermore, it is enriched by a gallery concept, a work shop and a fast-moving online portal.
Visconti, Montegrappa, Aurora, Pelikan, Parker, Waterman – these are some of the major players since fountain pens were created in 1884. Despite the myriad variations of pen nibs, they all begin the long trek as flat pieces of gold or fine metal that are press-cut into shape and stamped shortly after with the company emblem. They are then run through a diamond cutting wheel which slices out a thin reservoir for ink passage. An Iridium tip is then applied to the apex which ultimately determines the pen’s writing width. Many nibs also feature a small hole punch which allows for balanced air flow.