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Beginner Fountain Pens

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Fountain pens to get you started - we've gathered some of the best fountain pens for beginners if you want to try using a fountain pen, but this will be your first. Many of them will be ideal for second or third too, or you may never need another!

We cover quite a range of fountain pens here, perfect for starting out. At the lower end, there are disposable fountain pens, making getting started just as easy as it would be with a simple disposable ballpoint pen. Some, even under £5, are actually refillable, so you can buy more cartridges, and keep using them for a long time.

If you'd rather spend a little more to get a pen with a design you love, and you'll want to keep using and refilling for years, there are plenty of options there too - from £10 to £20 and upwards, there are some really good quality fountain pens that could last a lifetime. They'll use cartridges, and most have the option of adding a converter to use bottled ink, making them really economical to use - perfect for anyone who does a lot of writing.

In general, even the cheapest fountain pens should write well. Once you get to the nicely made refillable pens, there's no reason to think their nibs won't be as good as much more expensive pens. You may want to upgrade at some point to something that looks and feels better to you, but if you're on a budget, don't worry that you're missing out - the Lamy Safari, for example, uses exactly the same nibs as pens costing five times as much, and the same applies to many other brands.

 
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 02 Extra-Fine by Platinum at Cult Pens
New design for the popular Preppy
Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen by Pilot at Cult Pens
A real Cult Pen - disposable fountain pen in 7 ink colours!
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Crystal by Platinum at Cult Pens
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 03 Fine by Platinum at Cult Pens
New design for the popular Preppy
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 05 Medium by Platinum at Cult Pens
New design for the popular Preppy
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Charcoal by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
Zebra Disposable Fountain Pen by Zebra at Cult Pens
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Black by Kaweco at Cult Pens
LAMY vista Fountain Pen by LAMY at Cult Pens
Clear plastic version of the classic Lamy design
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Blue by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen PGB-1000 Green by Platinum at Cult Pens
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Great value aluminium-bodied pen
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Pink by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Black by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen White by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Old Chambray by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Entry-level fountain pen from Kaweco
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Yellow by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen PGB-1000 Black by Platinum at Cult Pens
Great value aluminium-bodied pen
Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen PGB-1000 Blue by Platinum at Cult Pens
Great value aluminium-bodied pen
Kaweco Skyline Classic Sport Fountain Pen Black by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Silver-trimmed compact pen
LAMY safari Fountain Pen White by LAMY at Cult Pens
White finish safari
Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Fountain Pen Black by Faber-Castell at Cult Pens
1 in stock
Part of the award-winning Grip range
Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen PGB-1000 Nova Orange by Platinum at Cult Pens
Great value aluminium-bodied pen
Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen PGB-1000 Bali Citrus by Platinum at Cult Pens
Striking pale green colour for the 2018 Plaisir
LAMY AL-star Fountain Pen Graphite by LAMY at Cult Pens
Smart anodised aluminium version of classic Lamy design
Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Fountain Pen Silver by Faber-Castell at Cult Pens
1 in stock
Part of the award-winning Grip range
Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen PGB-1000 Pink by Platinum at Cult Pens
Great value aluminium-bodied pen
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Red by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
LAMY 2000 Fountain Pen by LAMY at Cult Pens
LAMY Lx Fountain Pen Ruthenium by LAMY at Cult Pens
  • Limited availability in 2016, but will become a standard model in 2017.
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Spring Green by LAMY at Cult Pens
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Aqua Sky by LAMY at Cult Pens
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Light Rose by LAMY at Cult Pens
STABILO Grow Climate-Neutral Fountain Pen Oak by STABILO at Cult Pens
STABILO Grow Climate-Neutral Fountain Pen Beech by STABILO at Cult Pens
STABILO Grow Climate-Neutral Fountain Pen Cherry by STABILO at Cult Pens
Pelikan Pelikano P480 M Magic Ocean Fountain Pen by Pelikan at Cult Pens
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