Best fountain pens according to redditors

We found 1,946 Reddit comments discussing the best fountain pens. We ranked the 867 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Fountain Pens:

u/sarowen · 30 pointsr/femalefashionadvice


Personalized [May Designs Notebook] ( -- They come in three different sizes and are available in a ton of different design and colors, and there are multiple options for what kind of paper is used to fill the notebook. They also sell personalized notecards.

A [Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen] ( with a few [ink samples] (

u/elwood2cool · 19 pointsr/Psychiatry

If you want to buy them something they'll use on a regular basis, try a nice pen. Psych tends to be a specialty where handwritten notes are still the norm and having a nice pen to write them with is an enjoyable experience.

Here's my recommendations:

u/DotComCTO · 18 pointsr/relationship_advice

I have a nice selection of fountain pens, and they're lovely. I enjoy using them immensely, and they make great gifts! Perhaps you should show her the price range of higher end fountain pens?! Watch her head explode. Good thing you like fountain pens, and not high-end automatic (mechanical) watches!!

If you haven't used a fountain pen before, you want something inexpensive and disposable to try out, the Pilot Varsity fountain pens are actually quite good (and cheap):

For something a little nicer looking (but still really inexpensive), check out the JinHao fountain pens (China). Here's an older review:

Just keep in mind that you do need to clean out the ink periodically, and you definitely want to clean them out if you're not going to use them for a while.

The JinHao fountain pens are sold on eBay. Here are two examples:

Good luck!

u/ForestChapel · 18 pointsr/languagelearning

It is as others have said a MUJI Aluminium Fountain Pen

u/chewychubacca · 14 pointsr/fountainpens

Platinum 3776, Black, Medium Nib

This plus the Converter is under $70 for a great pen with a gold nib, and cap that will keep the pen from drying out for over a year.

u/lilblovesyou · 14 pointsr/interestingasfuck

This gif ...... this gif is the gif that made me buy my first fountain pen. The Pilot Metropolitan. /r/fountainpens will tell you this is the first pen to get. I also have a decent amount of nibs ( what you see here ) I even have this exact one.

That was about a month ago. Maybe 2. Best part about fountain pens and ink is that it is VERY CHEAP to get into. And if you use it and buy a fucking book you can improve a great deal. You will be busting out lines of beauty and cumming in your pants when you see how much fucking ink can be dumped out of a dremeled out ebonite feed in the Noodler's Ahab Flex.

I'm off to make capital P's. Gooood^byyy^eeee

u/DailyPlanet_Reporter · 13 pointsr/fountainpens

That's really cool that you're trying to share the hobby with your co-worker. Unfortunately, I'm not sure about sites for used fountain pens, (maybe check out r/Pen_Swap), but I have a few suggestions for cheaper pens:

  • The Pilot Metropolitan is a very nice entry level pen and it's only $11 on Amazon right now. It comes with a black cartridge and a converter if you want to get him a bottle of ink. You could also get him a pack of extra cartridges to go along with it and stay under $20.
  • The Platinum Preppy, which is about $3-$5 and comes in many different colors. (This is the blue-black version). It comes with one ink cartridge and works with standard converters. (The converter is not included)
  • Pilot also makes the Varsity, which is a line of disposable fountain pens that come pre-filled with ink. You can get a set of 7 different colors for around $12.

    I hope this helps!
u/alkkine · 10 pointsr/ArtistLounge

You want to get a good brand fineliner, copic, sakura. Or you could get a fountain pen with some platinum carbon ink which is smear and waterproof once dry.

Highly recommend as a starter fountain pen.

u/millipz · 9 pointsr/mechanicalheadpens

Apart from the keycaps, this is a pretty budget setup, but I like it!

u/ARbldr · 9 pointsr/fountainpens

Some quick questions, do you write really small now?

Most of the engineers I know do write small, which is why I ask. /u/the_illest does this joke you see here every time this question is asked, but it is a good recommendation to start. I personally recommend the Pilot Metropolitan over the Lamy Safari, I think it is a nicer pen to use, and the I believe the nib is better. If you write fine, you might be better off going to Goulet and getting the new model in fine, than buying the medium nib on Amazon. If you write really small, I really like the Metropolitan with the nib from the Pilot penmanship swapped onto it. The link here is more than I spent on the penmanship, if you search you can find them cheaper (I think on Amazon sometimes, I got two for that price). The Japanese EF nib is closer to a western UEF nib (the medium on the Metro is very close to an EF on the Safari). The line is very thin, and comfortable if you are used to writing small with a mechanical pencil.

With this, pick up a bottle of Noodler's black , and you will be set.

Now, to deviate a little from the standard answers. If you want something a little different, the Nemosine Singularity is an good intro pen that has gotten a lot of good feedback.

For a cheaper alternative, but usually only in a medium nib, the Jinhao x750 or x450 are big pens that make a statement (Amazon has sellers that ship these from China, Goulet pens carries them for $10 in stock).

There are a few others on Amazon that people like in the starting range, Parker, Scheaffer, etc that some like, but generally, the popular ones are the Metropolitan and Safari.

u/mtbkrdave · 9 pointsr/fountainpens

If you'd like to go in the metal-barrel direction, consider the MUJI Aluminum Fountain Pen - I have one, it's a good, basic writer with a classy minimalist design...

u/_Panda · 8 pointsr/fountainpens

My suggestion is to buy a Pilot Metropolitan, which comes with both a cartridge and a converter so you can try both out. I would also suggest getting a bottle of a basic, workhorse ink. Something like Noodler's Black would be a good option, a nice saturated black that is waterproof and behaves pretty well on cheap paper.

u/Sugarlips_Habasi · 8 pointsr/fountainpens

:) Anything that doesn't have a brand name in the title is automatically suspicious to me.

If you want a wood pen on the cheap, I'd ago with the Jinhao 8812. Those reviews are genuine.

u/bronwyn_ · 8 pointsr/fountainpens
u/NotSoMeanJoe · 7 pointsr/pharmacy

I carry several metros, but the workhorse ink I use is Noodle's Heart of Darkness, Haven't had too much issue with it. I also use Diamine shimmering ink for when I want some whimsy

u/DontFuckWithMyMoney · 7 pointsr/fountainpens

You actually probably do!

Platinum Preppy $5.67
Pilot Varsity $8.49 per 3 pack
Pilot V-Pen $6.99
Bic Disposable $5.06 per 2 pack
Jinhao X450 $4.54
Zebra V-301 $7.87
Jinhao X450 $4.54
Baoer Silver Cross Line $4.50
Pelikan 4001 Ink 30ml Royal Blue $8.65
Jinhao $5.21 for 15

So you see, you can buy one. Maybe not a Montblanc just yet, but don't worry, these are all still fun.

u/nekoshinigami · 7 pointsr/fountainpens

I think that the Pilot Metro in classic black is pretty professional.

Perhaps a Metro in M nib with a bottle of black ink?

u/browniebiznatch · 7 pointsr/fountainpens

Pilot Metro $11.80. Comes with a CON-20 converter. Can add a CON-50 for $6.74 for a total of $18.54.

Or just about any Jinhao pen would work as well.

u/JR-Rader · 7 pointsr/pens

Much better gel pens :

Zebra Sarasa Clip Rapid Dry Ink Gel Retractable Pen, 0.7mm, 20 Colors Set with Original Vinyl Pen Case

Better yet:

Platinum Preppy Rainbow Fountain Pen Set, Fine Point - Pack of 7

u/E2TheCustodian · 6 pointsr/fountainpens

Hehe if you don't mind a wait, the shimmering sands Jinhao can be had for $4.88 with shipping.

u/Protonoid · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

I realize nobody told you how much the pen is. Brand new, the Lamy 2000 retails for ~$150. Amazon

It is beautiful and one of my favorite everyday writers!

u/asciiaardvark · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

They're on Amazon for $118 and free 2-day shipping with prime...

u/chzplz · 5 pointsr/Lamy2000Club


Have you tried writing with a 2000 F or EF? They're finer than the average fountain pen...

u/alanlight · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

Noodlers Ink 4.5Oz Heart Of Darkness W/Pen

u/captainobvipus · 5 pointsr/pens

Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91111) (comes with converter, and personal favorite)

Pilot Kakuno Fine-Nib Fountain Pen, White Body Soft Blue Cap Body (FKA-1SR-SLF) (takes con-50 converter)

(25 u.s. dollars) Pilot Explorer Fountain Pen Gift Box, Fine Nib, Gray Barrel, 1-Pack, Black Ink (12271) (get con-40 for this one, or syringe and refill cartridge)

Platinum Fountain Pen, Preppy, Fine Nib, Black (PPQ-200-#1) (just get an o-ring and eyedropper convert this one)

For all the pilots get the refill cartridges at Staples cheaper than online.

Good (cheap) ink brands are noodlers, waterman's, diamine, and Parker.

Also r/fountainpens is a good resource.

Regular pens

Tombow Airpress 0.7mm Ball Point Pen, Full Black (pressurized can even write upside down)

Zebra F-701 Stainless Steel Ballpoint Retractable Pen, Black Ink, Fine Point, 2 Pack (29411)

Pilot FriXion Ball 0.7mm Erasable Gel Pens, Fine Point, Black Ink, Pack Of 6 (erasable)

Pentel EnerGel Deluxe RTX Gel Ink Pens, 0.7 Millimeter Metal Tip, Assorted Colors, 6 Pack (BL77BP6M) (disposable cheaper at Staples to)

Parker Jotter Stainless Steel Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point, Black Ink (Again Staples)

Anyone else can and should add on to this if you want to.

u/LadyBoobsalot · 5 pointsr/ehlersdanlos

Every time anyone asks about writing tools, I recommend fountain pens. The fatter and heavier, the better.

Ballpoint pens absolutely murder my hands. I have to have a deathgrip on them to be able to press hard enough to make them results in a lot of hyperextended fingers and hand cramps. Fountain pens write with little to no pressure so I can pretty much just prop them up with my hand and scoot them across the page without gripping very hard at all. Rollerballs are a good option too...the more liquidy ink in rollerballs seems to flow with less pressure than ballpoints. You can even get rollerballs that take fountain pen ink if you want to take advantage of some of the cool inks without using an actual fountain pen.

For anyone wanting to try an inexpensive fountain pen to see if you like it, I'd recommend the Platinum Preppy, Pilot Varsity/V-Pen, Faber-Castell Loom and Lamy Safari/Vista. TWSBI Eco is also good but can quickly become frustrating if you're the type that has to take everything apart to see how it works (though if you do run into this problem, there are lots of YouTube videos to help you put it back together correctly).

If I have to write with something really skinny, I grip the pen/pencil a little differently. Resting my pen between my index and middle fingers like this relieves some of the pressure on my index finger (the one that hyperextends the most). I'll do this even if I'm wearing my ring splints because my finger is so floppy the splints dig in uncomfortably when I try to grip something tiny.

For drawing and doodling with colored pencils, I'm finding that better brands marketed toward artists are easier to use. I used to buy whatever was cheap because I'm not a "real artist". Cheaper brands like Crayola seem waxier and feel like they need a lot more pressure to put down color evenly. Nicer pencils like Prismacolor feel softer and put down an even layer of color with less pressure. I wish I could find a cushioned grip that could quickly be transferred from one pencil to another to make drawing for longer periods of time more comfortable. If I try to put something on every single pencil then storage becomes a problem. If it's something that's going to take time of effort to put on/off then I probably won't use it. Maybe I can do something with kneaded erasers or Silly Putty or something...I have a couple globs of putty from PT sitting around somewhere. If I find something that works, hopefully it'll work on my drawing pens too.

u/nrevan · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

Link for the lazy (Note: NOT an affiliated link).

EDIT: no money cannot buy. =l

EDIT 2: price only for F nibs. FYI.

u/HeyItsDaft · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

Hard to beat the Lamy Safari or the Pilot Metro as far as pens go in that price range.

u/DarxusC · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

Well, you can get a single one in fine for $13.22 from Amazon right now:

But if you actually want two, yeah. (I have two, because I wanted to try both nibs.)

Edit: $12.93 for a medium:

u/rockydbull · 5 pointsr/LawSchool

Absolutely. Warning: if it tursn out that you relaly like fountain pens it is a deep dark hole of spending as there are so many great pens out there.

If you want to get your feet wet and not invest too much I suggest the Pilot Metropolitan. This pen's msrp is 15 (but lower on amazon) and can be found at wal-mart and staples. It is made of a brass body (so it has some heft), has a fantastic japanese steel nib (japanese nibs run on the small size for line width), and even includes a converter (easy way to use bottled ink) and a cartidge of ink. It is the quintisentional introduction fountain pen and exceeds the quality of pens 2-3x its price. It comes in black, gold, silver, and purple.

Now I know any people prefer to side on the buy it for life side and jump in with a more expensive item, but it is important to figure out what size nib you like and a japanese mdeium is seen as a nice overall starting point. After that I would suggest you check out /r/fountainpens to see reviews for pens like the lamy 2000, twsbi 580, pilot custom 74 and so on.

While fountain pens are cool, their ink is even cooler. There are hundreds of colors available and can even be bought in samples that are cheap (but enough to last for 2-3 fills of your pen). The most popular retailor for ink is

u/DreamWisdom · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

I went ahead and ordered this Pilot Metropolitan moments before posting this thread.
Could you link me to a rollerball?

u/KapitanTurtle · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

I keep my good pens away from where people sit in my office. I litter G2s, a few TULs and a couple Jinhao 250s so people won't be tempted by my good ones.

u/OwThatHertz · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

I'd love to hear what other folks are using. Ideally, I'd like a case that can fit a total of 16-20 fountain pens, but hopefully with a smaller footprint. The 96-slot Global Art Leather Pencil Case is almost perfect... but they changed their design since I bought mine and they now have only one loop per slot instead of two. (I utilize both loops for smaller things, like pencil leads, wax stamps, etc.)

My current case contains the following items, but as you can see I'm just about out of room!


Side A: Pencils


  1. rOtring 800 in .05
  2. Uni Kuru Toga Pipe Slide in .05 with red nano dia lead
  3. Uni Kuru Toga Pipe Slide in .05 with blue nano dia lead
  4. Uni Kuru Toga Pipe Slide in .05 with green nano dia lead
  5. Erasers: refills for the General Pencil Co. Factis BM-2 mechanical erasers, plus some for the Kuru Toga
  6. A pair of General Pencil Co. Factis BM-2 mechanical erasers (a nice, thin eraser capable of area or detail erasing)
  7. Extra red, green, and blue Uni nano dia lead
  8. Extra black Uni nano dia lead (in a spare Pentel container)
  9. Alumicolor 6" engineer pocket scale, standard (used as a straight edge)
  10. Heavy-duty X-Acto Gripster knife


    Side B: Fountain Pens


  11. Noodler's Neponset Ebonite Flex in black, filled with Noodler's Apache Sunset
  12. TWSBI Eco in black, filled with Jacques Herbin 1670 Emerald of Chivor
  13. Jinhao X750 in Black Night Sky, filled with Jacques Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey
  14. Jinhao X750 in Lava Red, filled with Diamine Sherwood Green
  15. Jinhao X750 in Black Frost Black, filled with Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun
  16. Jinhao X750 in Black Night Sky, filled with Noodler's Blue Ghost
  17. An inexpensive atomizer (used for fine control when creating ink splatters)
  18. Pilot Plumix, filled with Noodler's Firefly
  19. Noodler's Charlie (not sold; comes free with 4.5 oz Noodler's inks), filled with Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Budo
u/aposmontier · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

I have one on the way right now on a slow boat from China, I found it for $3.37 on Amazon + free shipping. Here

Edit: or $5.98 with prime! Just look in the other offers section!

u/Lord_Ka1n · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

In case anyone else wants to do this next year,
these things are super cheap, and all come with a converter!

u/mimafo · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

You can get a set of 8 Jinhaos on Amazon for just $8.30 shipped.

u/etrigan63 · 5 pointsr/pens

Moonman M2 is an amazing fountain pen that holds a large quantity of ink and is available on Amazon for $19.50.


u/kryptikguy · 5 pointsr/fountainpens

Amazon Prime has them. $22, but you’ll have it in two days.

u/DarrenFromFinance · 4 pointsr/fountainpens has them. in Montréal also has them.

Stylus Pens in Edmonton has them.

The website for Laywine's in Toronto doesn't list their stock but they have everything so I'd be shocked if they didn't have this one as well.

They're not that hard to come by in Canada is what I'm seeing here, and they should all ship to the US.

u/FPFan · 4 pointsr/fountainpens

The ink you link to is India ink, and will clog your fountain pens. Stay away from it, and all other inks that are not marked for use in fountain pens.

Now, to have a good cheap ink Hero Ink is available in 4 colors, and pretty cheap, Parker Quink is a little more, but still cheap, then there is Noodler's Heart of Darkness which is also very well priced, and you get a pen when you buy the 4.5oz bottles, and a bunch of the colors can be had in the 4.5oz (130+ml) bottles.

u/Dilong-paradoxus · 4 pointsr/fountainpens

I'm not OP, but I have one and really like it. It looks neat, writes smooth, and the cap looks good when posted. Also I'm a fan of thinner pens and pencils so it scratches that itch.

I put a cartridge converter in mine which makes it last a while longer and use less expensive ink, although it still doesn't hold as much as a twsbi eco or even a lamy safari with converter because it's a smaller pen.

Edit: lady to lamy. Also [this is the converter](Universal Fountain Pen Ink Converter I used for it.

u/Therokinrolla · 4 pointsr/fountainpens

Is this Jinhao 250 pen a wise purchase? This would be my third fountain pen purchase, after the platinum preppy , and that horrid Zebra thing(worlds most satanic pen). I've heard from someone that you have to flush it and I have no idea what that means.... Second, more stupid question: is it possible for me to use the spare cartridge that came with my Zebra fountain pen that I'll never use? Will it work with the Jinhao? Just wondering

u/_Kyrk_ · 4 pointsr/fountainpens

Three pens I'd suggest:

TWSBI Eco ($29) - The subreddit loves this pen for a reason. Incredibly good value with a demonstrator piston filler (which you may not like if you want to stick with cartridges) as well as multiple, swappable nib options.

Faber-Castell Loom ($40) - Incredibly smooth nib, can't really say much more than that.

Pilot Capless ($75-80) - The cheaper, stainless steel/"special alloy" nibbed version of the Pilot Vanishing Point with a gold nib, but still a great retractable pen. The nib units are also swappable, including with the VP's gold nibs if you wanted to upgrade but not buy a separate pen.

u/driftunicorn · 4 pointsr/fountainpens

Current FP Carry:

  • VP with [[Sailor Yama Dori]]
  • Montblanc Classique with [[iroshizuku shin-ryoku]]
  • TWSBI Diamond 580 with [[Diamine Oxblood]]
  • Lamy Safari with [[iroshizuku fuyu-syogun]]
  • Lamy Al Star with [[iroshizuku yu-yake]]
  • Pilot Elite 95s with [[iroshizuku kosumosu]]
  • Pilot Metropolitan with [[Diamine Soft Mint]]
  • Pilot Ergo Grip with Oxblood
  • Pilot Ergo Grip with [[iroshizuku ama-iro]]
  • Muji with [[J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor]]

    I also have a Tombow mechanical pencil, a Montblanc ballpoint, and a metallic gold G2. It's a good fist-full, and a little too bulky for my preferences. BUT I LOVE THEM

    For the price, the Pilot Ergo demonstrator is an awesome pen and the EF nib is truly EF. I've even seen some people on here transfer that nib into other pens. I converted my Ergos into eyedroppers pretty easily with just silicone grease and the ink looks fantastic in them. I haven't had any leaking problems yet and they've been in action for about a month now. Despite being so fine, I haven't had any issues with them drying up too quickly either. The only thing I don't like so much about them is that they don't show off ink subtleties as well on paper since the line they lay down is so fine. I don't think they come with anything other than that EF Penmanship nib.

    I also really love my TWSBI Diamond, and I have heard great things about the Eco so I'll probably pick one up sometime soon.
u/TranquilWyvern · 4 pointsr/fountainpens

Looks like a Pilot Metropolitan to me.

Look at the 3rd picture.

u/treretr · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

To be honest, I would suggest a cheap fountain pen. They dont drip, they are a joy to write with, and the bottle refills are cheap as fuck.

Pilot Metropolitan is $14

A 3oz bottle of Noodlers is $12, and will last for around 10,000 pages of writing. (I really like 54th Massachusetts, but get bulletproof black if you are looking for that shade)

u/beltaine · 4 pointsr/secretsanta

Oooh, depends on what you're looking for, my friend! However, all my starter pens were under $35 with my favorite being the Pilot Metropolitan ($15). It writes very well and it's a great starter pen!My next suggestions would be: LAMY Safari Pen and TWSBI Eco Demonstrator. These are fun, come in fun colors or can be see-through which is neat cause then you can see the ink!

Also take into consideration nib sizes (Fine being thin lines and more tactile, and Medium+ having thicker, "wetter" lines). 🎆🎇

u/PangurBanHammer · 4 pointsr/BuyItForLife

I'd recommend the Pilot Metropolitan- that's probably some of the best value you can get for a starter pen, and for $25-30 you can get the pen plus a bottle of ink.

You can also look into TWSBI pens, but theirs are notorious for having cracking issues which I don't know if they have solved yet.

u/adriangunter00 · 4 pointsr/fountainpens
u/tallpapab · 4 pointsr/pens

You can get Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens pretty inexpensively. Check your local stationery store to get just one.

Platinum Preppys are also pretty nice and pretty cheap.

I guess it all depends on what you mean by "good".

u/AkirIkasu · 4 pointsr/fountainpens

I was curious about the deal so I checked out Amazon as well. The price is crazy low! Especially since they all come with a converter. I assume that it's being imported directly from China since the estimated delivery is so long.

For the curious:

Now to get ink in all of those colors. Anyone know of any good yellow ink? :P

u/AlanBeforeTime · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm going to school


u/Metabilities · 3 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Yes, get a pretty fountain pen or felt tip that makes writing fun! I like le pen, varsity disposable fountain and sharpie's calligraphy pens.

u/j0shBaskin · 3 pointsr/EDC


PowerTank Retractable Pen All-Angle All-Weather Wet Surface… Standard quick draw go-to pen for the last 5 years

Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen Recently got into fountain pens so I use this when I can to sign stuff or have time to take decent notes

Silver Sharpie for writing on dark surfaces

Pocket Level for leveling anything from pictures to 80” monitors and in between

Retractable Sharpie for permanent marking/writing everywhere else not covered by the previous items

Telescoping Magnetic Retriever

My First Pencil for temporary marking… large size for durability and novelty

House Keys, Personal Truck Keys (98 F150), Work Truck/Van Key (what is this thing), Building Keys

Fitbit Charge HR

Large Rubber Band because you just never know when you might need one… and I pop myself if I get a craving for something I don’t need lol

A little Cash, Our Energy Management Policy (our VP will randomly ask to see it and if you have it on you, you may get to be off the rest of the day, get a meal or gas gift cert, movie tix, etc.)

Vicks Inhaler, Every Man Jack chapstick

1/8” Allen Wrench

ThorFire throwaway LED Flashlight for quick peeks, or if the larger one’s battery dies

BP Rewards Card (Filling the work truck a couple times a week gets me a few cents off my own gas… shhhhh), Work Visa, License, Insurance, Carmike Rewards Card because you never know when you may wanna catch a flick.

Nitecore MH1C Rechargeable LED Flashlight… found this baby up in the ceiling and fell in love (once I read the manual and figured out how to work it.)

Zippo Spectrum Lighter… Don’t smoke but I love fire and Zippo’s even more. I have 16 right now but this is my throw around EDC.

Gerber Superknife

TAC Force Throw away assisted opening knife

RFID Access Badge

Medical ID Bracelet… recently diagnosed with Diabeetus and put on Xarelto after a huge blood clot (PE)

3x5 Index Card Daily Work Order Checklist, needed supplies, random notes/measurements/numbers

/r/KaizenBrotherhood 30 Day Challenge Checklist

Leatherman Rebar MultiTool… work buys these (bless them) and I usually break them enough to need one every 1-2 years. Had one model or another since my 18th birthday (36 now) and just found out they will actually repair them for free so I will have to round up some older ones and send them off. Once they are retired they wind up in a glove box, random tool bag/box, in the recliner, on my desk etc, anywhere I might need one and I am not in my work clothes.


Folding Wood Rule

Motorola XPR-6300 Radio

iPhone 6 in Lifeproof Fre Case with Nite Ize Steelie Magnet on the back and $20 inside... used to take picture

*added phone

u/SexierInGlasses · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

For me it's the price difference.

Pelikan m800 | Goulet $572 | Amazon $415 | isellpens $425 | nibs $520 |

Namiki metal Falcon | Goulet $240 | Amazon $213 | nibs $240 |

Lamy 2000 | Goulet $159
| Amazon $125 |

I like Goulet as much as the next person, and I've supported them in the past, and will continue to selectively support them in the future. However shipping cost to Hawaii is expensive, combine that with free shipping from Amazon through prime makes it an easier choice where I spend my money.

u/JobeX · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

Hm... the pilot CON-20 converter thing it comes with should give you enough to last through at least a day... Per haps the next purchase you should get is this:

You get ink and an eyedropper pen which will be able to store a lot more ink. Or you can get the blue too:

u/Mixels · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

Hi there! Welcome to /r/fountainpens! As a FP newbie myself, I hope I might be able to lend a little helpful advice on your search for a first pen. :)

Jinhao pens, I think most people would agree, are fair performers, and their costs at pennies on the dollar are quite attractive. A piece of advice, though: if you don't mind waiting for a Jinhao pen to be shipped from Asia, try eBay. You can almost always find their pens for a third of the cost as a US-based retailer, if not less. Here's the 159 for $4.50, for example.

Interestingly, many other Jinhao pens are also available on eBay for even less than this one. There's the 156 for $3, the 750 stainless for $3, and the X450 for $1.50, among many others.

Of course, any Jinhao pen you buy will not come with ink. You'll need ink to write anything with any pen! If you're after black ink, you could buy the Noodler's Heart of Darkness bundle, which is a bulletproof ink (which means it has properties that make it difficult or impossible to alter after it's dried on paper) that comes with a decent pen.

The Pilot Metropolitan deserves a nod here, too. It's a heavy pen (as it's made of metal), but some people love that premium feel at this price range. $13 shipped. If you don't like the zigzag pattern on the grip, Parker makes other models. Just search Amazon for the Pilot Metropolitan.

You might also consider the Parker Urban kit from Parker. $40 is a bit steep compared to the Jinhao and Noodler's kit, but it comes with everything you need all in one package. Some people don't much care for the Urban because it uses a proprietary converter mechanism (for filling the pen), but bah, humbug. It's a solid performer and is still easy to fill, even if it does fill differently from other pens.

I'll echo some general advice I've seen on these forums: Lamy pens aren't bad, but they tend to be overpriced. You'll run into lots of Lamy models if you do an Amazon search and filter by average review rating. They are highly reviewed pens. It's worth checking them out if you get more interested in fountain pens, but for starting out I'd recommend one of the units above.

Lastly, if you're feeling luxurious, you might be interested in the Massdrop sale on the Conklin Stylograph Mosaic. This little guy is $55--way more than the $12 Jinhao you started with--but it's also in a different kind of class, more a collector's item or a nice pen than simply a serviceable one. That $55 price tag expires today, and the regular price is closer to $100. I'd recommend a different pen for starting simply because this one is more expensive, but I also thought I'd let you know just in case because the deal is gone after today. :) There's no referral on that link. If anyone would like to help me with Massdrop referrals, my referral link is below.

Massdrop link with referral:

The world of fountain pens is big, and I'm just getting my feet wet myself. I hope you find the tips here useful. :)

u/LeviPerson · 3 pointsr/fountainpens
u/superoblivionbread · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

Schmidt K5 converters hold-up better than the Chinese ones. Not saying you cannot break it, but you can tell when you're holding it that it's better made.

edit: linked to Amazon out of convenience. If you want to ensure you get an authentic one, pick a retailer of your choice but they're around $5.

u/TechySpecky · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

I can only find this in the UK, what do you think?

u/purekhaos · 3 pointsr/pens

It's a pretty well known joke.

You are most likely getting a joke response because It retails at $130, shipped with prime. $100 is a lot to ask for a second hand pen at a $30 discount

If you don't have any luck, I'll offer you $60 shipped, payable as soon as you would like. This is about what it is worth.

Good luck with the sale regardless!

Edit: See you on /r/nexus6 !

u/e8dingo · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

Pay for a chunk of your new Pilot Vanishing Point. OR, buy yourself a Midori Traveler's Notebook in brown leather if you already have a decent fountain pen or two. My two cents, or what I would do with $50 on Amazon.

u/amranu · 3 pointsr/McMaster

> I really want to start using them, but they're so expensive!

There are several really good starter fountain pens for ~$30

Pilot Metropolitan

MUJI Aluminum Fountain Pen

Would be two that I would recommend. The second I have experience with, it has a lot of feedback but is still pretty decent. I haven't used a Metropolitan but it has a very good reputation.

u/darute · 3 pointsr/perfectgift

Pilot Metropolitan makes an excellent starter fountain pen. Everyone writes with pen, so you'll be getting them something they'll use. I like to pair it with an ink sample package from Goulet Pens.

u/l3rooklyn · 3 pointsr/Pen_Swap

Check Amazon. They have it for 11.80.

u/hcsLabs · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

4 Jinhao 250's and ink cartridges, thanks to my wife :-)

Now I just need to convince her to let me visit the ink shop again ... she keeps trying to Jedi Mind Trick me - "you do not need to buy more ink..."

u/Selmer_Sax · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

My parents got me a $50 Amazon gift card, and so I'm thinking of buying a few fountain pens, pretty much just starting my collection. This is the list of pens I'm thinking of:

Hero 9296

Jinhao 301

Jinhao 1000 (Gold version)

I'm less certain about these two:


Jinhao Copper (I don't know what the actual name of this one is)

Could anyone help me decide whether to get the last two and if the others I picked are good?

Also, with the remaining $25ish, what inks should I get? I don't get to write on nice paper all too much, as I'm in high school. So a nice black and/or blue, and maybe like a red or green? Especially with the black/blue, one that plays nice with cheap paper. Thank you in advance!

EDIT: oh, and I'd also consider getting a pilot parallel if I could fit it into my budget. Any thoughts?

u/wuu · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

I hope I'm in the right spot. I use the cheap amazon accounting pens that I've seen recommended a few times with noodlers ink. I'm practicing my handwriting with them and I do a lot of pages of lines every day. They don't work so great on the cheap printer paper that I printed lines on so I'd like to get some nicer paper or a notebook to practice on. It needs lines or dots so I can focus on my lettering and not have to worry so much about going in a straight line.

Any recommendations for something that is more utilitarian, but still works well with a fountain pen? I see lots of talk around about papers, but they all seem too "fancy" for my use.

u/discodisc · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

My girlfriend is going through medical school right now, and uses this set for most of her notes. We've been refilling cartridges with whatever similar colors we have around when she empties a cartridge:

Not the most exciting, but it's cheap and gets the job done. Work well on cheap paper, too.

u/djeucalyptus · 3 pointsr/MechanicalKeyboards

Muji Aluminum fountain pen. One of my favorite budget fountain pens out there. Very light weight (which turns some people off of them) but I love it.


u/BreezeeCheezzee · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

That's a great fit. I may go with that one. Know of any pens that are a little less shiny than that AL-Star?

Edit: Nevermind, I found the perfect pen.

u/JulianC4815 · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

You might also like the Muji fountain pen It’s as thin as you can get with a cartridge pen and has an aluminum body. It’s as long as a Pilot Metropolitan though.

u/chshrlynx · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

I bought this 8 pack on Amazon, with 2 day prime shipping for $11:

u/probably_your_wife · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

Still cheaper on Amazon when shipping is added Comes out to 44 cents less on Amazon Prime. Might be good for those without Prime, though!

I love Massdrop- just have to make sure the deal is good :D

u/ShebanotDoge · 3 pointsr/fountainpens

From amazon, here's the link

Transparent Eye Dropper Filling Fountain Pen by Moonman M2 Large-Capacity Ink Storing, Fine Nib Writing Calligraphy Pen Gift Set for Office/Business/Student/Signature

u/Poorrusty · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Item to help me accomplish one of these things

Of course, I'd have to post the poems in my blog for 40 days. This would be an accomplishment, as I am a seasoned poet, with 4 self-published chapbooks out, a longtime poetry blog, and have been featured at numerous poetry/writing events. However, I've had a bit of a hard time writing lately...okay, for the last few years since being in school. My mind just isn't in it. And it needs to be, or my gift is wasted.

I will need lots of these

These guys always inspire me!

I have a list of things I wanted to do for 30 days...maybe 40 days won't be so bad?

Some of the things on my 30 days list:

Go 30 days without:

Eating meat

Wearing makeup


Wearing shoes

Go 30 Days:

Write a poem every day

Send a letter to a friend via snail mail

Drink more than the recommended amount of water

/u/n_reineke , /u/G0ATLY , /u/Yokuo ...what do you guys think?

Think I could go 40 days with any of those?

u/DaddyBrown · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I use these at work. They last forever and write more smoothly than my Metropolitan.

u/_perpetual_student_ · 2 pointsr/GradSchool

I'm a writer. I take detailed and thorough notes in class as I've found that gets the information in my head best. (Also, that's the way I was trained as a mathematician in undergrad.)

My set up is several cheap fountain pens with a variety of ink colors and a good quality paper notebook. I hate spiral notebooks because the spiral eventually gets damaged. My A5 Clairefountaine notebooks are working out well.

The fountain pens are partly just because I'm older and the ballpoint pens tend to hurt my hands when I write for a long time and partly because they do force me to be a little tidier in my work.

u/TheBrimic · 2 pointsr/fountainpens Here you go and 132$
I have the fine actually, I use it to write essays and notes for school its quickly become my main workhorse pen.

u/lesserweevils · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Amazon UK implies Lamy M nibs (and their steel LH nibs) are ground differently - check out the item description. So M nibs have a bigger sweet spot compared to the EF/F/B/BB.

Old German nib charts sometimes had "round" tips and "ball" tips. Lamy used to produce a MK (medium kugel/ball). At some point the old M was discontinued and they continued producing the MK under the M label.

u/JFK9 · 2 pointsr/Handwriting

Here you go. Wow, that's pretty expensive compared to the US. For us it is $24 for you, it is £26. That would be $38 after currency conversion. It is an amazing ink, though. It makes nibs glide across the paper like you are writing with oil.

u/celticchrys · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

"Eyedropper" type pens, where you fill the entire barrel of the pen with ink, instead of a cartridge, are called an eyedropper pen, because the diameter of the barrel, being larger than a tiny cartridge, is easier to fill up with an eyedropper. I do have Noodler's Heart of Darkness ink in the larger bottle with the eyedropper, which came with an included free eyedropper pen. Like this:

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I picked up this set and I LOVE it. Pen and ink for $21. I use this pen daily for everything. I even bought a fancy leather bound journal and I feel like Indiana Jones when I write with it!

u/misplacedhippie · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I bought this and it says it comes with a pen... some stuff states it comes with a "charlie" and others states it comes with a "preppy". well the preppy comes with a rollerball nib that gets stuck in it during shipping... I got both. No complaints, but I also cant find the rollerball nib. I shined a flashlight up in there and nothing, so I am guessing I am good to fill with ink?

first pens i have ever had that didn't need cartridges. so just slightly nervous about screwing them up.

u/I_Cant_Math · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I love holidays! We used to travel every summer and winter as a family, and my favorite vacation was a trip to a huge, river-fed waterpark. We stayed for an entire week, renting a room inside the park. Every morning my mom and I would wake up early and go to the bakery to buy breakfast for everyone, then we'd all go fishing at the river before heading off into the park. Because we were staying in a park cabin, we were able to wander around all night, and they even had a heated pool open 24/7. It was pure bliss.. looking back, I realize I was extremely lucky to be able to go on so many vacations. A lot of them were just camping or a cheap hotel at the park, but every now and then we'd do something awesome like a ski trip (which I will never do again. I was sick the entire time!) and staying inside the waterpark.

I don't have any pictures from our trips, but this is a picture of my favorite part of the park. It's a fairy tale playplace for the little kids, with toadstools, fairies, and even Hansel (Hansel & Gretel) in a cage. I simply cannot wait for my son to be old enough to take him!

Oop, forgot my item. Pens to practice my handwriting :P

u/matrixknight88 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Oh here's an idea for mixed media. Tomoe River makes fountain pen friendly paper that is super thin, and a lot of artsy type people I know of in the community have recommended it.

Incidentally, you don't necessarily need card stock for paper to be good enough for fountain pens. You can use this HP 32 lb Premium Choice Laser paper for fountain pen friendly stuff.

I think the cheaper budget option pen is the Platinum Preppy. If you want to use it on almost any paper, you'll want it in extra fine or fine.

u/Oncotic · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Before starting, you should settle on a nib width that you are going to use. A lot of time people choose Medium because they think it's middle of the road and they often leave unsatisfied because it isn't. The line width you get from normal writing utensils tends to be more of a Fine on a fountain pen. I find it hard to get good handwriting with a medium nib whereas a fine is a lot easier.

Now at £10 here are some options:

  • Pilot Varsity: Ready to use pen made by Pilot. I've never seen anyone complain about the way it writes, and it already comes with in inside it. You also get your choice of nib Cons? It's a disposable pen and isn't that pretty
  • Platinum Preppy: Very similar but actually takes cartridges. You can choose your nib. I think you'll have to buy the cartridges separately.
  • Baoer 801: Fine nibbed Chinese knockoff pen. Mine writes very well. Comes with fine nib. You'll probably want bottled ink. Section scratches easily but at the price I don't mind.
  • Baoer 388: Very popular Chinese Sonnet knockoff. Mine writes very well. You'll probably want to use bottled ink with this one. Medium nib only.

    There are plenty of other Chinese pens out there, and you could go search them and find one you like too. I'm partial to Baoer pens: for me they have written better than any other Chinese pen. A lot of people recommend Jinhao pens, but their nibs run wide and they dry out a lot quicker when left sitting.

    As for bottled ink, I would suggest it for the Chinese pens because they come with the converter that is used to fill from the bottle. The inks I would recommend for you are:

  • Parker Quink Black - my go-to black when it comes to inking any pen up.
  • Waterman Serenity Blue - good generic blue. maybe a little light.
  • Waterman Mysterious Blue - A darker, off blue
  • Any freaking Waterman ink, I've heard good things from them. Tender purple? go get it. I suggest Waterman inks because they are cheap in the UK and very fountain pen friendly.
u/yoimhungry · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Not trying to get you sucked into the fountain pen hobby (maybe I am) but this pen is under £10. The Pilot Kakuno. It comes in various colors, and a medium or fine point. And it comes with an ink cartridge so it's ready to use right when you get it. Or The Platinum Preppy, I have one of these and it is great.

There wasn't a Sir Steve, but I found a cool looking Sir John pen.

My favorite mechanical pencil was this Pentel Side Fx. I used it every day in high school and some of college. Then one day... I sat on it. He looks fine, the front piece still screws back on. But on the inside, he's cracked and the lead won't come out anymore. Still kept him.

u/OSCgal · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Looks like an International Standard converter to me. They're $5 on Amazon. Schmidt makes a good converter, as does Kaweco.

u/DimestoreProstitute · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I can confirm this fits, I bought it specifically for my Loom and it fits perfectly.

u/theatre_kiddo · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hi! How did you come up with your username? Were you like "oh fuck i need a name. hey how about that!"?

Your favorite animal is a panda.

This [pen] ( for you because its super fancy looking.

These [socks] ( for myself because they have my favorite animal on them :)

u/Kemintiri · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

You posted the Jinhao X450 twice. Did you mean their 250?

u/pinkaardvark · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

This is under $3 shipped from the US.

u/arellano81366 · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I second this suggestion! You can get on Amazon for $68 see here Platinum "#3776 CENTURY / Black in Black"(nib : Medium)

u/workingishard · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I've been looking for a new toy to play with and to practice Japanese with (dang, those characters have a lot going on in such a small space), and I think I've settled on a Platinum 3776 with a Fine nib.

My question is, would you say these are probably fakes? The vendor has a bunch of 3776s listed for 50%~ off. I... I am really tempted. Mehhh.

u/Rybos · 2 pointsr/EDC

How about a nice pen? Have you ever used a fountain pen?

This pen is great. I have one with a silver trim. I've had many a fountain pen, and this is still my favorite, even more so than pens that cost me twice as much. Feels good, looks good, made very well, writes well. Just don't drop it. It will break. That's the only downside for me. However, I've broken mine 3 times, and epoxied it back together and polished it up each time.

When you start using a FP, paper becomes important too. Cheap paper and some fancy notebook brands (i.e moleskine) are horrible for fountain pens. Ink will bleed and spider on the page. I'd suggest looking at this brand of paper. They're cheap(er than moleskine), look good, and take fountain pen ink super well.

You'll need some ink too. I'd suggest starting with something from Noodler's ink lke this. Some FP inks are waterproof, some are not. Bulletproof, iron gall, or pigmented inks are usually water proof.

I know that probably puts you closer to $100, but imo, it's worth it if that's something that interests you.

u/hookbill2 · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

With regard to the Pilot VP Matte Black.... the price on Amazon has been reduced to $103 vs the steel nib at ~$80ish.

  • how bad is the flaking, chipping, cracking on the matte finish.

  • is this worth buying currently with the flaking issue? According to Pilot's warranty, it only has a 3yr warranty, so after the finish rubbing off, flaking, after some years you are on your own.
  • Is the gold nib worth the extra $20-30?
u/KderNacht · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I'm about to screw you over even further. Pilot Plumix and Penmanship have nibs that are compatible with Metros. Just pull the feed unit, change the nib (the metal part) and you're good to go. My Metro is now a calligraphy pen with line variations and shit.

u/perksofbeingcrafty · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

So I’ve been using the pen called Pilot Fountain Pen with Ergo grip. I couldn’t find the official name, but unfortunately it has evaded me. Here’s an Amazon link

So far, this is the finest line pen I’ve ever used. Really thinner than a strand of hair.

u/knockup · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Haha is that a thinkpad charger in the background?

just in case you don't know you can get an EF off amazon for $6

u/vrotographer · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I have a few Pilot Metropolitans. A black one with a medium nib was my first one, and I still use it as my daily driver. It's about $12 currently on Amazon, so if I were you, I'd start with that.

^^Ninja ^^edit also be aware that fountain pens are different from dip pens (I assume that's what you meant by drip pen? :) ). Fountain pens can be used for art projects, but they're mainly for writing. And also DON'T PUSH ON THE NIB unless you're sure it's a flex nib! Pens like the Noodler's Konrad or Noodler's Ahab are flex nibs, so you can push on them to get a thicker line. (Sorry if that was a little confusing!)
Good luck!

u/Adamrdcp · 2 pointsr/AskAnAmerican

Yeah the metropolitan is one of their fountain pen models. Here's a link to their medium nib version, which is the same size as a fine nib by International standards.

Also thank God you don't use ball points they're garbage.

u/WinterCharm · 2 pointsr/business

Would you like some recommendations?

Check out the Pilot Metropolitan. It's clean and polished looks are so smooth and inoffensive, and the silver or gold will go really well with a tie clip. There are no obvious logos on the pen, and it's rounded smooth edges are easy on the eyes.

Get the fine point. It writes beautifully, too :)

Another favorite of mine to use with a silver tie clip is the Cross Bailey. It has a black lacquer body and a silver trim.

That's just to get you started. Generally, try matching your pen with your tie clip and cufflinks. Also, if you keep it in your pocket tip-up then you won't have any problems with ink leaking out of the pen. It also becomes a conversation piece, if you have to pull it out of your pocket to use it for writing.

Have gold and silver cufflinks, and a gold tie clip? Wear a red or gold tie, and this:

u/borkthegee · 2 pointsr/Handwriting

I'm still a newbie too so don't take my word as anything other than a fellow person learning too, but I've recently gotten the Pilot Metropolitan (a fountain pen)

Amazon has one for around $10 (that's medium nib, I prefer a fine nib for writing small such as a dot journal, and medium for larger writing such as lined paper or unlined).

My local pen guy calls it "absolutely the best pen under $100, bar none" and "don't bother buying another pen until you save up $120-150 and can afford a gold nib", so for $10-15 that makes it a super easy way to get into writing with one.

Why use a fountain pen? With a cartridge they're hassle free but regardless of ink supply they're very nice to write with. Almost no pressure required at all, a very simple and smooth glide over the paper. Easy to hold and you can hold it reverse to get an even finer line (at the cost of losing some of the smoothness of the glide).

Plus if you get into it, you can replace the disposable cartridges with a converter that lets you actually suck up from a bottle of ink and do it the old school way, and there's something "zen" or meditative about using great paper, a great pen, and treating writing practice as a form of mindfulness practice. But maybe that's just me :P

EDIT: On the total other side of the spectrum, if fountain isn't for you, I used to make cheaply rigged Mont Blanc rollerballs. The rollerballs are better than ballpoint (but not as smooth as fountain). I would buy Mont Blanc rollerball refills for like $7, and G2 Gel pens, and then one could cut a little bit off of the end of the Mont Blanc rollerball refill and place it into the Gel pen case after removing the gel ink.$200-in-2-minutes-and-have-the-worlds-best-wr/ That would get you a very high quality writing experience for cheap I bet

u/AwesomeBrainPowers · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Yeah, my demonstrator's held up nicely (despite being banged around more than a little), but the reports I've heard of the opaque Singularities breaking led me to making it a stay-at-home pen, just to be safe.

If you want a really fine line, check out the Sailor HighAce: thinnest line I've ever seen.

There's also the Pilot Metropolitan, of course. Medium nibs are on sale on Amazon right now, and a Pilot M is going to be both smooth and roughly equivalent to an F/EF western nib.

u/TheCook_Cola · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen, Black Barrel, Classic Design, Medium Nib, Black Ink (91107)

u/Axana · 2 pointsr/Retconned

I prefer pen and paper. Writing by hand has always helped me retain more knowledge and memory than typing, and there's actually some science to back this up.

>According to a new study, Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer of Princeton University and UCLA Los Angeles respectively, students who write out their notes by hand actually learn more than those to type their notes on laptops. Over the course of several experiments, Mueller and Oppenheimer tested students’ memories for factual detail, conceptual comprehension, and synthesizing capabilities after half of them took notes by hands and the other half took notes by way of computer. Students who used laptops cranked out more words than hand-writers did, but the hand-writers ended up with a stronger conceptual understanding across the board.

This, plus I find the tactile feel of the pen moving and creating across the paper to be a deeply satisfying and somewhat spiritual experience.

I use a simple Black n' Red spiral notebook (LOL that Amazon price) because I find it easier to let loose and write down anything that comes to mind. The fancy journals I've purchased in the past always ended up unused because I was too anxious and self-conscious about marking up the pretty pages with thoughts that didn't seem "worth it." If you're going to start journaling on pen and paper, I strongly recommend starting with the simple route. Spend the money on something fancy when you're more comfortable with journaling.

I also strongly recommend ditching ballpoint pens if you're serious about paper journaling. Gel and fountain pens let you get your thoughts out much faster and with less pain. I use a Uni-ball Signo UM-151 and Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen. Again, I don't like to get too fancy with my journaling. It's more important to get the words out than fret over the tools.

As for what to write...write whatever resonates with you no matter how scattered or silly or unformed it may seem. Don't get self-conscious about it. Just get the words out.

u/FinallyNewShoes · 2 pointsr/facepalm

You can do it! Seriously you can get a Pilot Metro for $10. It comes with a bulb converter too so you can fill it with that blue waterman if you like.

u/DracoJon · 2 pointsr/Wetshaving

Lol. It kind of depends. There are a lot of variables. I'll list out a few options for you.

  • Pilot Metro - This is one of the gold standards in fountain pens right now. Pilot doesn't fuck around when it comes to making nibs. Out of the box this thing should write like a dream. If you're getting the one linked, you'll also want to do yourself a favor and get yourself a piston converter for the pen. Unless you don't plan to ever use bottled ink. In that case you can buy cartridges to your heart's content and be just fine. so in total, your cost of entry is like $20-ish.

  • TWSBI ECO - This is, in my opinion, the highest bang for your buck option in entry level pens. I love demonstrators. Having the clear barrel so you can see your ink sloshing around is sweet. The nibs are pretty decent, and the piston filling mechanism is awesome. If you're writing all the time, the huge ink capacity means you'll be able to write a lot with it before you need to re-fill. Cost of entry here is roughly $30.

  • Jinhao X450 - Every time I've used one of these super cheap Chinese fountain pens I've been incredibly pleasantly surprised. The nibs are actually pretty decent. There's some issues with quality control on some of them. Weird things like loos caps or loose grip sections or loose converters inside could potentially make for a less than great experience, but you can find lots of these on ebay, like 10 for 5 bucks. You'll have to wait a few weeks to get them from China, but they're great for being able to take with you and have 0 worries of breaking or losing them. Cost of entry is roughly $5

    Those are the 3 pen models I personally recommend, although if you ask around you'll also find people recommending the Lamy Safari/Vista/Al-star (same model, different materials). It's not a bad pen, I've owned a couple and like them, but they're in the price range between the Metro and the ECO, and the ECO and Metro are so much better that I don't feel comfortable recommending the Safari over either of them, unless you have a boner for German engineering, haha.

    In terms of ink, there's so much stuff out there that there's really no place to start in terms of explaining it. I'd be happy to send some samples your way, though, if you were interested in getting started.

    The biggest favor you can do for yourself when you get into fountain pens is to buy yourself some quality paper to write on. It's a night and day difference between shitty standard copy paper and a nice fountain pen friendly notebook.

    One of my favorites is the Black n' Red. Writing on it is smooth, and there's no bleeding or ghosting of ink, and if you get some ink that does some cool stuff, this paper will let it do the cool stuff.

    Please feel free to PM me or even reach out to people on r/fountainpens if you have any questions. We'd be more than happy to help you get started!
u/NeonGreenTiger · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

All Hail the Lobster!!"

^^I'm ^^sensing ^^a ^^contest ^^train ^^XD


u/whichversionofme · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Just a few comments/suggestions :)

I would recommend the Pilot Metropolitan as a starter, for around the price of the Plasir it is very reliable, smooth writer, and much easier to clean. If you do buy the Plasir, you will also need to buy a convertor to use bottled ink, where the Metropolitan comes with one included.

The Jinhao is a copycat of the Lamy Safari, a good starter, but know that people either absolutely love or hate the style of the grip.

The inks you picked out are good, although to start I really recommend getting a Goulet sample pack so you can try similar colors before committing to an entire bottle, which will last quite a while.

Hope this helps! I love helping new people explore the world of fountain pens :)

u/chrono13 · 2 pointsr/sysadmin
u/ElencherMind · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Buy one for $13 on Amazon, throw in a few other things you need and get free shipping.

u/Elevener · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I use THIS one every day. I also had the fine nib but I don't dig it. I like the medium nib much better.

u/JimmyRichards · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I have the Ahab, a TWSBI classic (if im spelling that correct), and was just gifted a Delta Unica.

I just got into the hobby about 8 months ago and have used way more than those three, but didn't own any till recently. I would say the Delta writes fine, but havent used it that much, the TWSBI is what I usually use to write, since it just feels better in my hand. And the Ahab I use to doodle. Had it for around two months and draw a lot with it. I will say it does bleed at the top of the nib and gets on my fingers occasinally and i cant get it to stop, but as far as actually writes, its not bad.

Edit ;Also I just re read your comment and realized you mentioned the same pens I bashed. The Jinhao you see in that link are the ones I have and they have performed horribly for me. I hope you have better luck and maybe mine are junk, but all four are unusable for me.

Also.... I have these. I don't talk about those. Dry up in a day, less flex (if any), and bleed heavily. I also got those from my well meaning father who knows nothing about you get what you pay for.

u/ELxxCUCUY · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/MountainManC · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Sorry, it's a 750. Here's an Amazon link to the pen I bought. I think's its a cool looking pen for the price. It really does shimmer with different colors of red, green and blue.

Yes, I paid $8.49 for it to be shipped prime. Had a 1.5mm #6 stub nib not being used and didn't want to wait 2-3 weeks. I can say it feeds ink to the 1.5mm nib very well. It's a workhorse for me.

I should add, I have the 8812, too, and prefer it to my Pilot Metro. Edited to add The 750 is bigger than the 8812 and uses a #6 nib while the 8812 uses the #5 size nib.

u/kooraloo · 2 pointsr/AskMen

Last year my mom passed down a Lamy Safari that was completely destroyed and after trying and failing to get it to work, I resigned myself to my good ol' cheap gel pens. But this post pretty much re-ignited my interest. Right now my Amazon cart has a universal cartridge, a Jinhao x750 in black night sky, zebra g nibs, and Diamine ink. So thanks for that :p I decided to go for the diamine because it was cheap and only 30ml, so if this is something that I actually really like (I print pretty small, my 0.4mm gel pens have become my holy grail, so I can be pretty picky about this stuff) I'll spring for the Iroshizuku and Noodler inks I've fallen in love with. I've also been lusting over water brush pens... anything you can tell me about those?

u/SgtSluggo · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

They take platinum proprietary cartridges as far as I know. I currently have converters in two of mine (just search "Platinum Fountain Pen Converter" in amazon), and the other 2 as eyedropper pens.

BTW: if you are in the UK, Cult Pens has them for cheaper.

The nib you asked about is the 03 (you can look at the images to tell, it is printed pretty big on the pen itself). This is more like a western EF and will definitely be finer than your Safari F nib. I love it but I write pretty small. I would recommend you get a 03 and a 05 from CultPens and see which one you like the best before ordering several to hold different colors. The included Blue-Black cartridge is pretty good actually.

If you decide on the medium, I would recommend getting the 7 pack as I have heard that people have still occasionally gotten the old styling on those pens. They function the same but the nibs match the color.

EDIT: BTW if you can't tell I love my preppies. I use them for pretty much the reason you describe. I have to take notes quickly and need to color code them. I can carry 4 preppies for about the price of many other pens and if I loose them it usually isn't a big deal.

u/tani_P · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

This 7-pack of Preppies comes in at under $5 a pen.

u/MatthewGodDamnDamon · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I grabbed the set from Amazon. They had the best deal for all 7 colors, only $18

Edit: updated link

u/eightbitter · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

A bit late but...

I'm at work and don't have a picture handy. I think it's the best looking Jinhao out there. Looks super classy at a distance, and maybe a little chintzy close up. Either way, I think it's great for 10$.

u/Applzor · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

I got myself a Lamy Al-star a few years ago and it has been absolutely amazing and I think I'm at the stage where I would like to shell out a little bit for something fancier.

I had a look around online for some different styles that I might like and settled on something a bit minimalist and preferably matte black.

Some that have caught my eye are the
Lamy Unic,
Visconti Homo Sapien and the
Custom Bamboo, but obviously these are quite expensive.

At this stage I was going to go with the
MUJI Aluminium or the Lamy CP1 since they are in a realistic price range for me (less than $200AUD).

I would love some advice or recommendations for others since I'm still very new to the scene and still learning about the different brands.

u/Melusedek · 2 pointsr/proED

Muji Aluminum body

It's beautiful and slick and sexy and so satisfying to use (plus any other s words I can't think of).

u/crabsintrees · 2 pointsr/EDC
u/hypnotwist · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

Try this Muji I found on Amazon, the Canadian version. I feel the exchange rate struggle.

u/ironhelixx · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

You can get a Parker Urban with a bottle of Quink Black ink, a converter, a polishing cloth, and 4 cartridges (2 Black / 2 Blue) on for $37 USD. It is a pretty solid pen, from my own experience.

The Nemosine Singularity is not a bad option for $14 USD. (It comes in LOTs of colors too.)

The Muji Fountain Pen is also a solid starter pen for $16 USD. It is of a sturdy aluminum make, and writes quite well.

The rest are the Standard starter pens, like the Pilot Metropolitan, Lamy Safari, et cetera.

u/rethenut · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Awesome picks.

This is also a good collection:

u/k_uger · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

This was my initial thought. Safaris are definitely hard to kill, but a little too expensive to be handing to a young child. 599 would hopefully be almost as durable and only a couple bucks each. Get an 8 pack on Amazon right now for under 10 bucks, that should last till middle school.

u/Calligraphee · 2 pointsr/fountainpens

This is the pack I bought! The price has actually one down a lot since I bought them in August; they were around $15 then.

u/poweredbyanxiety · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

It is this one :)

u/idreamofdinos · 2 pointsr/oddlysatisfying

If you love it so much, why don't you marry it?!

But seriously, it's a $15 pen. Not that fancy in context. Link

u/cmankick · 2 pointsr/pens

Wow thanks!

Question: Is the Pilot Metropolitan retro pop's ink red too (not just the shell)?

I'm looking at [this one] (

u/invisiblebob8616 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

My wife teaches 4th grade and she likes to use [[Noodler's Dragon's Napalm]] for marking papers. She also keeps a full range of Pilot Varsitys around her classroom for marking papers and whatever else she needs a pen for.

u/BZWingZero · 1 pointr/AskReddit

What kind of pen are you using? I found my handwriting went from chicken scratch to legible once I got a fountain pen. They require exactly zero pressure to write with as the ink is drawn via capillary action to the paper. After writing with one for awhile, the few times I still use a ballpoint remains readable

I recommend trying a Pilot Varsity. Individual pens run about $3 from the office supply store. Just keep in mind fountain pen ink is water soluble; if the paper gets wet, the ink gets washed off.

u/acenarteco · 1 pointr/writing

I'm replying to you so people who may be interested have a place to start:

My favorite fountain pens for beginners that are super cheap are Pilot Varsity. They're disposable and you can get a pack of them for pretty cheap on Amazon:

They can also be brought on planes (I know--I just flew with one and it didn't leak). It's seriously a huge difference to write with a fountain pen vs ballpoint or felt or gel or whatever.

u/Travelbug73 · 1 pointr/interestingasfuck

You could start with disposable colors.

Then move on to the others mentioned earlier. If ink color is interesting, join ink drop from Goulet pens. 5 new ink color samples every month. But you will need a pen with a converter at that point. I don't always clean my ink completely as it is nice sometimes to see the transition of colors. Careful though, some inks don't play well together. Hope she enjoys it. PM me if you have any questions.

u/Its_just_jeff · 1 pointr/EDC

Since there are some fellow fountain pen fans on here... Anyone remember the Pilot Varsity? This was my first fountain pen and though they are disposal, I'd say it's still a great way to try out fountain pen if you're not sure you want to commit to the expensive ones.

u/HEISENBERGMCMETHRAPE · 1 pointr/alternateteens
u/ErrantWhimsy · 1 pointr/self

I just bought some basic Spencerian copy books off of Amazon, along with some pilot varsity fountain pens. I think it was less than $25. So far I am really enjoying it!

I've been thinking learning it with someone else would be awesome, to try to stay accountable on practicing. Interested?

Edit: The books and the pens if anyone is interested.

u/theillumedpanda · 1 pointr/fountainpens

> No coupon that I'm aware of, buuuut they give a pop with every order and if you ask nice you might get 2!!!!!!!!! They seem to do a deal every week or two though. For example they had buy one get one Jinhao pens then the spring cleaning event that made everything cleaning related on sale.

Ooh, good to hear. Do they usually announce their special events beforehand?

> I've seen deals on Amazon where it drops to 100, but the best I can find atm is 116

So good! I'll stick with the cheaper Lamy and then might go for this one! That's an excellent offer, as they're way cheaper in Switzerland.

> If you post on pen_swap there's a good chance you can get one to you -with shipping- for 100 or lower if they are in the same country.

I really don't know if there are any Swiss people out there, but I'll keep an eye out.

> Inks - yeahhh I go for all the colors. I own a black and I've inked up with it once. It's just so boring... I think I said before, but I have a sample of Robert Oster Emerald that I'm loving right now. Everything RO is great... Especially their blue/greens.

RO has so many fantastic colours, I'll end up with a sh*t ton of different samples. Ugh, cannot decide, don't want to decide. There are just too many to choose from!

> Lamy2k Nibs. These are NOT sold separately. (Atleast in US, I've heard you can buy them in the EU) And even if they were, they are gold nibs and 40% of the pen sizewise so its a good $80 for a new nib. Also, whats cool about the reverse grind is that you can write with both sides at any time on a whim. No swapping out nibs or cleaning the pen. Just rotate the pen roughly 180 degrees and bam its a new pen. I plan on getting it does to my L2k soon, but the grind is around 75usd.

Alright, I'll keep that in mind.

> Small note, when you go to your local store/retailer online if they have Lamy Pretrol INK then you should grab a bottle or twenty. The ink is hard to get. It's bought for 10.50usd and sold for 25 atm and climbing quickly. Last years limited edition was the Dark Lilac and those bottles go for 50ish now... It's a nice ink so even if you don't want to sell it, buy one and use it! There's a Lamy Safari Petrol pen that matches the ink.

I've already asked my local shop, but they haven't replied just yet, most likely due to a public holiday. Hopefully I'll get an answer tomorrow and see if I can get my hands on these inks.

u/alide · 1 pointr/fountainpens

No coupon that I'm aware of, buuuut they give a pop with every order and if you ask nice you might get 2!!!!!!!!! They seem to do a deal every week or two though. For example they had buy one get one Jinhao pens then the spring cleaning event that made everything cleaning related on sale.

I've seen deals on Amazon where it drops to 100, but the best I can find atm is 116

If you post on pen_swap there's a good chance you can get one to you -with shipping- for 100 or lower if they are in the same country.

As for paper, what makes Red n Black good is it's so cheap and has a paper weight of 24. So if you can find something similar near you then great!

Inks - yeahhh I go for all the colors. I own a black and I've inked up with it once. It's just so boring... I think I said before, but I have a sample of Robert Oster Emerald that I'm loving right now. Everything RO is great... Especially their blue/greens.

Lamy2k Nibs. These are NOT sold separately. (Atleast in US, I've heard you can buy them in the EU) And even if they were, they are gold nibs and 40% of the pen sizewise so its a good $80 for a new nib. Also, whats cool about the reverse grind is that you can write with both sides at any time on a whim. No swapping out nibs or cleaning the pen. Just rotate the pen roughly 180 degrees and bam its a new pen. I plan on getting it does to my L2k soon, but the grind is around 75usd.

Small note, when you go to your local store/retailer online if they have Lamy Pretrol INK then you should grab a bottle or twenty. The ink is hard to get. It's bought for 10.50usd and sold for 25 atm and climbing quickly. Last years limited edition was the Dark Lilac and those bottles go for 50ish now... It's a nice ink so even if you don't want to sell it, buy one and use it! There's a Lamy Safari Petrol pen that matches the ink.

u/zxcv332 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Yea the EF is $149 The F is 124.99.

u/Nuffums117 · 1 pointr/pens
u/wannabe_fi · 1 pointr/writing
u/ktrezzi · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Ahh allright, dude, that's even worse what I did there :D

I think I'd go with the Pilot Metropolitan which I mentioned in this comment already :)

Or the fine Preppy black

Or of course, any other suggestions? ;)

u/partyjudgejudy · 1 pointr/fountainpens

What do you mean by 0.3? Is this the right one?

u/GaryTheSuperSnail · 1 pointr/Handwriting

Pilot G2 is always a good pen. I also like the pilot precise V5. It is a roller ball pen, so it feels a little smoother than other ball point pens. I use fountain pens. Pilot Metropolitan or Lamy Safari is a great place to start out, but if you want to spend even less money the Platinum Preppy is a popular starter pen. In the long run a bottle of ink will be cheaper than a ton of disposable pens.

u/Haccordian · 1 pointr/fountainpens

That one? I can't see where I would get a converter for it. I don't want to be buying refills.

u/underleft · 1 pointr/fountainpens

The Blizzard notepad is nothing special, came with Overwatch or WoW, can't remember which.

I ended up getting some Moleskine classic notepads, just some pocket sized ones.

Unfortunately there is only a Staples (Office Depot) here, so everything else I need to order online, and it looks like doesn't carry those Nemosine converters, only Monteverde and a universal one. So I'll have to keep an eye out if I come across them anywhere else.

u/HistoryScienceGaming · 1 pointr/fountainpens

G'day! I would like to buy a converter cartridge for my Parker Minxy "15", but I don't know anything about sizes and specifications. Should I be buying a specific size of cartridge? Or are the cartridges claiming to be "universal" size actually universal? Thank you! (I ask because this Parker looks extremely short compared to a normal pen, so I'm worried about converter lengths.) The converter I'm referring to.

u/westoneng · 1 pointr/pens

I have the same pen. It is a Mugi fountain pen. Takes standard international cartrages. You also can buy this international ink Converter and use your own fountain pen ink!

u/hadders95 · 1 pointr/Pen_Swap

5 dolalrs and free shipping for a pretty nice converter that comes standard with a lot of pens. This converter should work perfectly for you, and buying it from amazon will be a way better deal than trading away your ahab

u/theonlysaviorCOD · 1 pointr/fountainpens

You could refill it with a blunt tip syringe with the ink of your choice.

Other than that it seems to be a standard international short cartridge, which might mean that maybe a standard international converter could work.

u/magnanimous-mind · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Thank you /u/Ezo31202 for doing some searching around. After doing some searching on Amazon do you think this converter would work?

u/Pinalope4Real · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon



Write On!!!!!

Thanks for the contest!

u/Trolliclitus · 1 pointr/Pen_Swap

Platinum "#3776 CENTURY / Black in Black"(nib : Medium)

u/SLM516 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Thank you for the welcome! I looked online for Platinum 3776 in black with gold trim and it suits my style (the aesthetics). However, I see a lot of different pricing! What are some reputable online stores that people here trust? Would this be an okay buy?

u/oyogen · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I'd suggest Platinum 3776 Century. The gold nibs are very smooth writers.

EDIT: I'm not sure why the Platinum 3776 Century came across as such a bad suggestion. It's available for ~£10 more than OP's budget,and has a beautiful gold nib.

u/nreyes238 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

This is a bit of a dictionary answer, but you can value your pen based on price new and condition.

If you have this pen in new condition, then you can reasonably ask for a trade of a pen in similar condition that has the same new price.

Like this pen.

There is, of course, some margin because someone may want to trade their $150 pen that they don't like for your $100 pen that they do like (instead of spending actual dollars and still having a pen they don't like just gathering dust).

I say post it up for trade. Ask for what you want. Then see if anyone offers.

u/The_Fanatical · 1 pointr/mturk

I'm a guy so I think I don't qualify haha...

The one I'm going to get right now: [Pilot Vanishing Point Matte Black] (

Holy grail pen of $700: [Visconti Homo Sapiens Dark Ages] (

The Visconti is made from fucking lava. I don't know about you but that just sounds cool as fuck

u/xX__Michael__Xx · 1 pointr/fountainpens
u/Enter_Corgi · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I'm not a vast array of pen experience but IMO

It's not the cheapest, but I feel the pilot prera is very underrated. I have it in F and EF, it's a great work horse and its compact size is great for travel but it posts to pretty much a full size pen for a comfortable writing experience.

Pilot also has this

Pilot Fountain Pen with Ergo Grip, Extra Fine Nib, Clear Body (PFP50RNCEF)

It's the same nib as the metro and Prera but in a much cheaper body. I got one after a co worker bent my Prera nib and wanted to switch to EF. It's a

I've also recently received a Lamy Al Star and based on reviews it's the same as the safari, just in aluminum. I know the safari is a reasonable price and the ability to swap out nibs is pretty quick and easy.

u/alradr · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I'll go with everyone else here and say the Pilot Metropolitan, which is just a classic. I love Pilot fountain pens. They have nice, even, fine and extra fine lines and are economical everyday pens. I prefer the way they work with the way I write to my more expensive LAMYs and Faber-Castell Pens.

I will also recommend the Pilot Kakuno, which is a plastic, hexagonal barrel beginner pen (I think it's actually intended for schoolchildren).

I also like [this one] ( just cause I think it's a kind of cool little demonstrator. You can get right into using these with a CON-50 converter or you can use the Pilot IC-100 Namiki cartridges (which I actually prefer at work because they're a little easier to pop in and out).

u/Lawlzstomp · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Platinum Preppy in either Extra Fine or Fine.

Pilot Kakuno in Fine.

Or Pilot Penmanship in Extra Fine.

All cheap pens that will write pretty fine to match your current pen. You will be at the mercy of your paper and the ink though. Pens will come with cartridges but be prepared to buy more carts or bottle ink and a syringe/converter.

u/bks33691 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

It's a Pilot, I can't find any sort of model name. It's got an extremely fine point. I like fine lines, but I don't use this one much because the other two are so much nicer to use.

Pilot fountain pen with ergo grip

Fine lines:

u/Rysona · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Pilot, uh... "Fountain Pen with Ergo Grip" with EF nib and black ink.

Does this thing have a real name?

u/SanFransicko · 1 pointr/AskReddit

In my house we make jam during the summer when fruit is ripest.

We also make our own pizza and bread dough from scratch (because I can't find good sourdough in Louisiana).

I shave with an old-fashioned safety razor and a brush with shaving soap because it's the closest shave and best for my skin.

And I recently started using a fountain pen for my sketch book and like the ability to vary line quality with a single tip so much more than a ballpoint. I had no idea I could get a decent pen for $15

I also got married before we got pregnant and I have an old-fashioned job: tugboat captain.

u/mallystryx · 1 pointr/funny
u/kevinharrigan99 · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

Not OP but another avid fountain pen enthusiast, and having owned a few $100+ fountain pen, my most used pen hands down is the Pilot Metropolitan, a great pen for pretty much anyone, at the humble price of $12. And not to mention its made of brass, so it is BIFL quality.

u/joheinous · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

You should look into getting a fountain pen since you write so much. Not sure if you still will out of college though.

I'd suggest either a Lamy safari or a Pilot metropolitan. Metropolitan comes with a converter to use your own ink but the safari needs a separate one. I personally use a Pilot Vanishing Point.


u/freethebox · 1 pointr/pens

In my experience as long as you use it at least semi-frequently maintenance is minimal. Plus when you do clean it it’s a breeze. I’m new to fountain pens and cleaned my pen for the first time two days ago. All you do is take apart four pieces and let them soak in water for a while. Put it back together which is extremely simple and boom your done. I heard great things about pens like the pilot metropolitan or Lamy Safari , which only run you about $15! They even make Disposable fountain pens that come in packs of 5! So if I were you I’d give one of those cost effective options a shot and if you like it go from there.

u/shaykai · 1 pointr/EDC

I EDC'd a fountain pen for a while (Pilot Metropolitan) but eventually switched to a regular Pilot G-2 and I don't regret it one bit. I found that my fountain pen was particular about what paper I would write on, the ink took longer to dry, and sometimes it would be messy and I could get ink on my hands. Plus, I occasionally let people use my pen as part of my job, and writing with a fountain pen takes a little getting used to.

The pilot g-2 is inexpensive, has GREAT ink, I can write on any paper surface and I don't have to worry about losing caps. It's easy to take it out, click the back of the pen, and get to writing. No having to worry about angles, ink messiness, or anything like that. Plus, if I lose it, then I'm not out an 'expensive' fountain pen. I can get a 12 pack of g-2's for the price of a single pilot metropolitan

Here is a link to both pens:

Now, does that mean I've gotten rid of my fountain pens? Nope, I actually bought another Pilot metro in fine point. I use them for journaling and they are strictly desk pens. They are still fun to write with!

u/Dallagen · 1 pointr/fountainpens

My suggestion is to get:

Pilot Metropolitan, you can also get a fine tip if you want that.

A Pilot Con-50

And finally, some Parker Quink.

I'd probably use the converters because they are less prone to leaking, and you can always get new ink in case you want another color.

A 2oz bottle of ink will likely last you around 9 months if you are writing a fair bit daily and don't spill any, though I've managed to go through one in 3 months, due to writing a novel.

If you want blue ink too, you can get some Blue Quink

Lamy also makes some great ink for cheap in Blue, Black and Turquoise

u/rkenglish · 1 pointr/fountainpens

While not as common, Metros do come in Medium nibs! They're around $15. Just so you know, in not aware of anywhere that sells new brand name nibs for pens like the Metro (aka Cacoon), 78G+, Kakuno, or Plumix (aka Penmanship). Of you want a new nib, you're most likely going to new to few a new pen. Here's a Metro M in black from Amazon:

u/tack12 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Wow, $27?! Doesn't Amazon have free shipping for prime and orders over $25? It's currently $14.

I wish there is a one-size-fits-all grip, but I'll try your method next time.

u/smartfinances · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Sorry guys, did not get a chance to look into this till now (which is 2 days late).

Anyway, amazon link for the metropolitan. I am just using the converter.

Looks like the biggest mistake I have been doing is not squeezing enough. I think the last two times I only did 1-2. Today, I did about 4-5. Lets see how this round goes.

u/kjodle · 1 pointr/PenmanshipPorn


Like these? Oh god, I don't really need more fountain pens, but I may end up buying those.

u/AbbyIsAwesome · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I actually don't know much about this pen so I can't answer many questions very well. I am using calligraphy ink in it because that's all I have.

Edit: Just looked it up, it is a 250. My brother got a four pack on amazon and gave me two. Link

u/abow3 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

You can even get a four pack from this brand for under 10 bucks.

4 pcs Jinhao 250 Fountain Pen in 4 colors

u/LittleHelperRobot · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Non-mobile: these

^That's ^why ^I'm ^here, ^I ^don't ^judge ^you. ^PM ^/u/xl0 ^if ^I'm ^causing ^any ^trouble. ^WUT?

u/Laspapas_fritas · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Got my pen from this amazon link:

The pen is really good for its price. You wont find much better than this at 4 bucks with free shipping, but it does have its flaws. It is a bit too shiny at the grip but thats orett much what I expected. It writes smoothly and if you guys want I can take pictures that are requested!

u/Beldam · 1 pointr/pens

I have a few others, but I mostly use my Safari with Diamante China Blue ink. I have one safari with a leaky tip, or the ink doesn't like to stay in (Diamante ancient copper) and one safari that will not write no matter how I press. I need to figure out how to solve that problem, as in a day I can go through a whole full ink cartridge.

I have some suuuuuuuper ultra extra fine pilot pens from Japan, which I really like, though they are scratchy to write with, due to how fine the tips are! The ink seems to dry without getting a good flow in one of them (one of the Noodler's V Day inks) but the Noodler's bulletproof works very well in the other one.

I have a couple of other pens that unfortunately BOTH are leaky beasts, and so they sit in my mug of pens for use at home in clothes I don't care about if I take a cap off and it flings ink at me. One is a Baoer

And the other is a Hero 9296, which I love the weight of, just not the splatter I had happen in lab (which hit my coat, so, hey, at least it was in lab!)

u/from-nibly · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I've been looking online and these look like exactly what I want. Do you know if they come empty or am I just going to have to empty whatever I end up buying into some vials. I saw these which seem to be a good price.

u/That_white_dude9000 · 1 pointr/EDC

EastVita 8812 Fountain Pen Rose Wood Barrel Vintage Style

3.95 with free shipping. Now I ordered it a week ago and it's getting here in feb but still

u/countertrap · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I ended up ordering one of these:

It's been fantastic so far--no complaints. It does appear that the nib is an F instead of a M, but that doesn't bother me a bit, and it's a surprisingly good-looking pen.

u/robeschi · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Jinhao 8812 super cheap, but I think it looks classy.

u/zemnl · 1 pointr/fountainpens

The silver one is a Muji link

edit: added link

u/ricctp6 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I’m sorry for your loss, and I hope that remembering him in this way will help you feel like you are passing on a piece of him.

Most of what I ‘build’ is stories and art. The best books for those are these notebooks. They are dotted for the perfect drawing help, but also clean enough so that I can write in them. I also would love a fountain pen to help make the journals look beautiful and formatted. I have a whole art supplies list, which is stock full of things perfect for anyone who wants to start journaling.

I hope that you can find something to alleviate the pain you are going through. You are doing something nice for others, but take care of yourself, and maybe look through everyone’s WL to see if you can find something that might help you make art or write or do whatever it is you need to do to get some feelings off your chest and into the creative world.

u/raptastrophe · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Oh, I wasn't aware of its discontinuation, although -- if the only thing that's stopping you is the availability -- it seems some pens are still around on Amazon.

u/pyramidValley · 1 pointr/fountainpens

oh man bummer. I was going to buy it sometime this month. Does that mean the seller messed up on the amazon page? (honestly that 3rd pic is a pretty fine line, but cant really tell)

u/grokforpay · 1 pointr/Scams

Amazon sells many. If you're looking for a starter pen, I really like the Muji fountain pen ( You can buy ink cartridges, or if you want to really get into it, buy a "ink converter" into which you can load your own ink.

u/channing173 · 1 pointr/pens

Yeah, that's a Muji Fountian Pen

Here are the refills

And a converter if you want bottled ink

I have one in a fine point and it writes wonderfully, good find!

u/somekindabonita · 1 pointr/fountainpens

$11 for 8 pens. I absolutely love them, they are so much fun to write with.

u/penormarker · 1 pointr/fountainpens

What the heck, Are those Jinhao 599s from the 8 piece set?
Are they any good? OMG they got a set of platinum preppys for $15 too. I might bite on this too.

u/Prime67 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

There's lots of items on Amazon where you get 4 or 5 wing sung or jinhao pens for like $10-15.


Or these

Or maybe these..

u/DerangedGoose · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I purchased an orange 599 with the knockoff Lamy nib and it was alright, but did have skipping problems.

I just bought this 8 pack of 599a pens for $14 shipped prime. If I can get most of these serviceable, I will be set!

u/LieutenantWeinberg · 1 pointr/Pen_Swap
u/dontturn · 1 pointr/pens

I'll have to look at what ink I got when I get home, but the pen was this one. Probably not the best pen, but I usually don't like how big fountain pens are and I really appreciated the slim, metal body of this one. I would take notes in class and the nib would dry out in between sentences.

u/agustamir · 1 pointr/fountainpens

I got it from Amazon. If you're on prime, it'll be at your doorstep in two days

Thanks :)

u/possibly_pretentious · 1 pointr/fountainpens

You're right, it's the [Muji Aluminum](MUJI Aluminum Fountain Pen, costs $15

u/Ljoiful · 1 pointr/pens

Pilot MR Retro Pop Collection Fountain Pen, Turquoise Barrel with Dots Accent, Fine Nib, Black Ink (91436)

u/hoover900 · 1 pointr/fountainpens

Amazon my friend

u/whittlingcanbefatal · 0 pointsr/dubai

You could easily make your own. Buy a cheap Platinum Preppy fountain pen. They are about $5 US. Or you can get a J Herbin rollerball for about $14. Then fill it with a mixture of lemon juice and water. This link can give you some ideas.

u/HepatitisCYouLater · 0 pointsr/teenagers

You could actually get a good pen and a bottle of purple ink that would last much longer than a family pack of those pens, for just $6 more.

u/Alagane · 0 pointsr/fountainpens

I have this one and I was pleasantly surprised by how well it works. It's a heavier pen, twist converter, looks alright, cheap but doesn't really feel it.

It may be a little too broad for you, but I wouldn't call it overly wet. Also you can't post the cap which is kinda annoying but not a huge deal. It's worth the $9 in my opinion.

u/CairoBario · 0 pointsr/italy

Muji Fountain Pen
Molto comoda e dal bel design, non pacchiana come tutte le altre. La uso quotidianamente

Oppure Lamy Safari, ma pare un Panzer a confronto

u/cactusJoe · 0 pointsr/fountainpens

I am going to assume that you are in South Africa and looking for the pen there. I have just moved to the US and bought my M2 on Amazon; one of the many things one sadly cannot do back in SA.

This is the Amazon link I used to buy it from

u/ultos · -1 pointsr/writing


Are a great way to get into fountain pens. They're disposable, cheap enough to throw away, but good enough (as long as you don't let them dry out) to write comfortably until they're empty. They do have a larger/looser stroke than she may prefer, though.

Hands down one of the best mechanical pencils you can get. You won't see too much a difference writing in cursive, but it's a whole 'nother world for block/print script.

Rhodia and Leuchtturm make some of the best notebooks. If you've got cash and aren't averse to leather, Levenger makes a great disc-binding system that costs maybe $150 to get into. Staples has the Arc system which is compatible, and is maybe $20-$40 to get into.

Good luck!

u/DonJuico · -5 pointsr/fountainpens

There's always amazon? Unless you're about the whole support the family businesses which I'm absolutely all for.