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.