Monday, September 5th, 2011

Want to try a fountain pen?

Stephanie

If you love to write longhand but have never tried a fountain pen, now might be the time.

A good fountain pen, (“good” does not necessarily mean $$$) writes extremely smooth with very light pressure on the paper. They allow you to write for extended periods of time with little hand/wrist fatigue.

You can find disposable fountain pens like the Pilot Varsity, for about $3. A great refillable starter pen is the Lamy Safari, which costs around $35. (I have several of them) Mid range pens can run from $60-$100, like my favorite Pelikan M200. ($90) There are brands that are more expensive – often considered to be symbols of status, such as Montblanc and Omas ($300-$500) and limited edition collector’s type pens that can run $1000-$5000 and up.

Many people prefer to use vintage pens – ones produced as far back as the 1920’s. These can be purchased fully restored from specialist vendors like Vacumania, or in “as-is” condition for a few dollars at a local flea-market/swap meet.

Fountain pen inks come in every imaginable color, and on average cost about $8-$10 a bottle. A single bottle will last you a long, long time and many FP users enjoy having multiple bottles on hand to suit their inky whims.

Learn much more about fountain pens from the ultimate online community, The Fountain Pen Network.

 


22 thoughts on “Want to try a fountain pen?

  1. For an inexpensive starter pen, I’d recommend a Platinum Preppy ($3). You can get them in two nib widths, 0.3 and 0.5 mm, and they have generally been very nice writers. I recommend a flush with dilute soap water to clean out any manufacturing residue, followed by a thorough rinse and drying, which goes for any new pen. The Platinum cartridges are good for refilling. I also tried a TWSBI Diamond 530 pen (around $40 from ebay) and like it very much. It’s a very smooth writer, solidly built, and is a piston filler that can hold a lot of ink.

  2. For an inexpensive starter pen, I’d recommend a Platinum Preppy ($3). You can get them in two nib widths, 0.3 and 0.5 mm, and they have generally been very nice writers. I recommend a flush with dilute soap water to clean out any manufacturing residue, followed by a thorough rinse and drying, which goes for any new pen. The Platinum cartridges are good for refilling. I also tried a TWSBI Diamond 530 pen (around $40 from ebay) and like it very much. It’s a very smooth writer, solidly built, and is a piston filler that can hold a lot of ink.

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