So what’s considered the best fountain pen? Today you have many choices with factors such as color, price, length, weight, etc. If you are new to fountain pens, you may have some questions and some things to consider to narrow down your choice for the best fountain pen:
- What will you be using it for?
- How much do you have to spend?
- What nibs size should I use?
- What ink should I use?
- What type of paper is good to use?
- How do I take care of the pen?
- How much should I spend?
Fountain pens are often considered fine writing instruments that can be very personal. It’s not uncommon for fountain pens to be associated with elegance and sophistication. The high end fountain pens are often treated as luxury goods.
Bottomline is that fountain pens can be very personal and subjective. Buy what you can afford. Buy what looks good to you. Keep the ones that ergonomically feels good in your hands and makes you keep on using it everyday and you’ll enjoy the fine penmanship and pleasure that a fountain pen will bring you. Fountain pens aren’t just regular pens. The best fountain pen for you is the one that you will keep for years and perhaps pass it along to your kids. Level up your writing experience. Try one and your hands will be very happy.
If you are a novice to fountain pens, don’t be intimidated. We’ve created a mini selection guide to help you choose the best fountain pen for you. We’ll be updating this in the future.
|Platinum Preppy ||$
|Pilot Vanishing Point||$$
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|Pilot Custom 823||$$$
|Montblanc Meisterstuck 149||$$$
|Nakaya Neo Standard Aka-tamenuri||$$$
The Pilot Metropolitan is one of the best fountain pens on the market today. It is an affordable entry-level fountain pen which you can pick up for around $15. The body of the Pilot Metropolitan is constructed of a slick brass with a slim body. The brass barrel gives it a nice weight giving a feel of a much more expensive pen.
The Pilot Metropolitan comes in three colors: black, gold, or silver. The length of the pen is about 5 ½ inches capped and about 5 inches uncapped and weighs in at about 0.3 ounces. The cap slips on and snaps to close. The pen comes in a nice box with one black ink cartridge, and an aerometric converter, i.e. squeeze converter.
The Metropolitan seems well-balanced and writes well requiring very little pressure. It feels comfortable even though the glossy section feels a bit slippery. You can get the nibs in fine or medium. The nib is smooth with a nice even ink flow. The writing is not scratchy even on normal paper. Of course gold nibs are smoother. One bonus is that the nib is interchangeable with other Pilot fountain pen models like the 78G, Penmanship, Plumix, and Prera.
The Pilot Metropolitan is one of the best starter fountain pens out there. It is very stylish, has good balance, and a decent nib in the price range.
Another exceptional fountain pen in the starter category is the the Lamy Safari. You can get one for around $40. The body has an industrial design and made up of sturdy ABS plastic which is similar to Lego pieces. It comes with a clip that can be used to clip onto things like backpacks or purses.
You can get the Lamy Safari in wide array of color choices like blue, charcoal, green, neon coral, neon yellow, pink, shiny black, white, and yellow. The length of the pen is about 5 1/4 inches capped and weighs in at about 0.6 ounces. The pen comes in a nice slim box and one cartridge so you can start writing. You can use a cartridge or get a Z24 cartridge converter sold separately at around $5. Along the side of the pen is an ink window so you can see the level of the ink inside the pen. An interesting design is that the grip is cutout so that beginners can learn how to hold the fountain pen properly.
The Safari is well-balanced and lightweight. The steel nib wasn’t scratchy and glides on paper well. You can easily swap out different size nibs like broad, extra fine, fine, and medium.
The Lamy Safari has a nice combination of sturdy design and writing pleasure. If you are considering trying out fountain pens for the first time, this is a good pen to try out.
The Lamy 2000 is considered a truly iconic fountain pen. In fact, it has a permanent place in the Museum of Modern Art. This German-designed pen has changed very little in over 40 years since the introduction in the 1960s. Why change a good thing, right? For around $200, the Lamy 2000 is nearly the perfect fountain pen and is often one of the most recommended pens in the forums. The body is made of brushed Makrolon (polycarbonate) with a spring-loaded clip. The body has a very faint ink window allowing you to see the ink level. The body also has two tiny metal tabs in the barrel that holds the cap.
The Lamy 2000 comes in black. The length is about 5 ½ inches closed and about 6 inches when posted. The pen weighs in at about 1 ounce and is nicely weighted and balanced. This is a bottle ink only pen and does not come with ink. The pen is piston filled and can be filled through a small hole on the underside of the pen which has to be submerged in the ink. The smooth writing is made possible by a platinum coated 14k gold hooded nib. Nib sizes range from broad, extra fine, fine, and medium.
The Lamy 2000 is a beautifully minimalist designed pen. The looks is modern over 40 years ago and continues that today. Oh yeah it performs well too with the superb nib.
In the mid range of fountain pens, one of the best fountain pens is the Pelikan M200. The pen is easily recognizable with the Pelikan logo crowning on the top of the cap and its distinctive design. You can pick one up for around $100.
The Pelikan M200 is made of high quality black and green resin. The resin body has a nice shiny classic green marbled look complemented by the black resin and gold trim. There is an ink window so you can view the ink level. The M200 is a smaller pen measuring in at about 5 inches and 0.5 ounces. The pen uses a piston filling mechanism giving it a large capacity. The M200 is equipped with a removable steel gold plated nib. Nib sizes range from broad, extra fine, fine, and medium. The pen doesn’t skip and starts writing right away with good ink flow.
If you are looking for a small and light weight fountain pen, then the Pelikan M200 is a great pen. The design of the M200 is classic with the black with gold trim seen in many pens.
At the higher end of the spectrum is Platinum’s flagship fountain pen – the Platinum President. At around $250, you’ll get a great pen that comes in a nice box with a cartridge, converter, and an adapter to fit international sized cartridges. The body is made of high quality resin with a screw on cap.
The President comes in black, blue, red, or yellow. The pen has a real solid feel to it weighing in at 0.75 ounces and about 5 ⅝ inches capped. Writing with the President is enjoyable with the 18k gold filled nib producing a consistent ink flow. The removable nib is a thing of beauty. The pen can be used with a cartridge or converter.
The Platinum President is a great fountain pen for those looking to level up. The combination of the sleek look and smooth writing with the beautiful nib makes this a great pen at this price range.
Montblanc Meisterstuck 149
Commonly considered the king of fountain pens, the Montblanc Meisterstruck 149 is probably the most recognizable pens in the world. For about $700, you can own this quality pen (comes with a nice black bottle of ink too) and make a statement. The classic and elegant design hasn’t changed much since its introduction in the 1950s. The MB 149 has a oversized cigar shaped body with a screw on cap that has the signature white star logo. There is a also a serial number engraved on the ring of the cap.
The solid body of the MB 149 weighs in at one pound and is about 6 inches capped. The pen comes with a very big gold nib that is available in broad, extra fine, fine, and medium. The converter seems to hold a lot ink. It is a big pen that holds a lot of ink. One nice thing about the pen is that it takes very little pressure to write with it.
If you are willing the spend the money, you’ll own one of the most exclusive brands for fountain pens. This is a quality pen that is very distinguished and can be passed on from one generation to the next.