I like to write, and I’m a fan of old fashioned ink fountain pens. I passed on an opportunity to purchase an inkwell a few years ago and never forgave myself. When I saw this one, I knew I had to have it. I love the details of the design and the space to put pens/letter opener, etc. I have used it, but since the lid just closes and does not seal, and since I don’t write with ink regularly, I pour the ink back into its glass jar every time I’m done using it. It wastes a little ink, but hey, it allows me to use this beautiful piece.