Pen Buyer’s Gift Guide
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 🙂
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.
Both the Mark One and Retro 51 accept “Parker-style” refills, which are common in lots of pens. My favorite is the Schmidt easyFLOW 9000.
First Fountain Pens
Lots to choose from
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.
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.
If you’re interested, check out my blog post – it includes my favorite fountain pens!
Also, Episode #400 of The Pen Addict Podcast is a great primer on all pen-related things.
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.
Another great, affordable option is the Lamy Safari. It comes in a variety of colors too!
These pens are great because these are the fountain pens you’ll find in stores. If you want to try one, you can find a Lamy distributor, or most likely check your local Barnes and Noble.
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).
Other Upgrade Fountain Pens to Consider
Field Notes are easily my favorite.
Looking for Variety?
Great for variety, + fountain pen-friendly paper:
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