Recommended Rollerball Pens
Once you're ready to start experimenting with some pricier pens, you can go to premium rollerballs. Don't worry - we'll get to fountain pens soon 🙂
Mark One by Studio Neat
My favorite rollerball. It’s a well built, beautiful pen, and the knock (the click sound) is so satisfying. I’m a huge fan of all Studio Neat’s work. I love this so much I’ve got two.
If you're looking for variety, check out Retro 51. They create fantastically designed rollerball pens; I have quite a few in my collection. What you choose is up to you, but you can see what they have to offer over at Pen Chalet. They do a lot of special editions too. The Tornado Poppers are fantastic.
First Fountain Pens
Fountain Pens are the most fun! There's lots of stuff to know, and lots of different styles to choose from. Here are a few good first fountain pens.
The TWSBI Eco is pretty much a no-brainer as far as beginner recommendations go. It’s an affordable fountain pen and it has a piston filler, so it’s very easy to get ink into – no converter or cartridge required! Plus there are several colors, and the fabulous TWSBI nib I love so much.
A few notes...
There are different nib sizes - and those sizes vary a little based on manufacturer. Fine and Medium are safe in most cases (including the pens I recommend above).
There are two ways to ink up fountain pens (excluding the TWSBI above): a cartridge, which is a pre-filled disposable tube, or a converter, which you can fill with any ink you'd like. Speaking of...
Upgrade Fountain Pen Picks
Once you've tried one of the earlier recommendations, you might be ready to check out some of the upgraded picks. These are generally more expensive due to better quality and materials, like an aluminum body (as opposed to plastic) or a gold nib (as opposed to steel or iridium).
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