1: Winston Churchill

Throughout his term as prime minister, Churchill was most fond of Conway Stewart ‘Self-Filling Stylos’. Which were apparently “Impossible to obtain” according to his supplier. Lots of people incorrectly believe that Churchill was most fond of Montblanc pens because they have released a pen named after him, but most sources show that he used Conway Stewart’s when he could.

Nowadays you can still buy pens from Conway Stewart, but they start at £300 – you could say they’re still impossible to obtain! A good alternative at a lower budget would be Conklin Pens, which are traditional American pens with a similar weight, size and style to the original Conway Stewart designs.

2: Barack Obama

According to an interview with the New York Times, former president Barack Obama is very particular about his writing, but he doesn’t have expensive taste. Quite the opposite, in fact. Obama prefers to write on yellow legal pad using a black Uni-Ball Vision Elite rollerball. This choice is very practical – legal pads and disposable rollerballs can be found everywhere and bought for hardly anything, so maybe he is on to something! Either way, we think he could probably afford something a little bit better.

3: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway had an extremely interesting life. Starting writing for a newspaper, he became an ambulance driver in World War 1 inspiring his novel ‘A Farewell to Arms’. During his time as an ambulance driver he was posted very close to Montegrappa factory at Villa Ca Erizzo in Italy. Because of this he started writing with Montegrappa pens, and preferred them throughout the rest of his life.

Recently Montegrappa has released a limited edition fountain pen named after the Nobel prize winning writer.

4: Stephen King

One Final Note: This book was written with the world’s finest word processor, a Waterman cartridge fountain pen.

Stephen King, Dreamcatcher

Stephen King began to write the novel Dreamcatcher after he had been in a brutal accident. He turned to writing to distract himself from pain and Oxycontin addiction. While writing he found that it was far easier to write on paper with a fountain pen than to sit up and type. Dreamcatcher is 620 pages long, so a ballpoint would not have been suitable as it would have caused hand cramping.

Stephen King has been a fan of Waterman fountain pens ever since.

5: Arthur Conan Doyle

The Parker Duofold was a favorite of the Sherlock Holmes writer for the forty years he wrote stories for the detective. The duofold is an iconic pen which has been extremely popular for decades. It is extremely fitting that the most iconic character was created using such an iconic pen.

The Parker Duofold was also a favorite of the Brighton Rock writer Graham Greene.

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