While there is more to the care of a fountain pen than others, it isn't all that much more. Some of what one reads in online forums goes quite overboard and can actually be very harmful. (Not everything you read in online forums is correct. Who'd have thought?!) Once you have the hang of a fountain pen, filling and cleaning it can be done in very little time with very little mess. We have a wide variety of fountain pens made with the beginner in mind. We also make sure each and every customer buying their first fountain pen tries out several and receives all the instruction they'll need for a lifetime of writing enjoyment before they leave the store!