Foun­tain pen users forced to splash out on ink

The Daily Telegraph - - Letters To The Editor -

SIR – Sean Chap­man (Let­ters, Jan­uary 8) says the cost of printer ink is a “mod­ern won­der”.

The cost of or­di­nary ink is equally shock­ing. I re­cently de­cided to buy a foun­tain pen, as a more eco­log­i­cal al­ter­na­tive to dis­pos­able ball­point pens. I was sur­prised to find that a 50ml pot of ink costs £7.50. In vol­ume terms this is the equiv­a­lent of pay­ing £112 for a bot­tle of wine.

I can’t be­lieve that ink could have been so ex­pen­sive in 1968, when at prep school it was stan­dard prac­tice to use blot­ting paper to soak it up from our inkwells, in or­der to flick drip­ping pel­lets at those sit­ting in the rows in front.

A G White­head

St Leonards-on-sea, East Sus­sex

Take note: a de­tail from Raphael’s por­trait of Tom­maso ‘Fe­dra’ Inghi­rami (1509)

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