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Fountain Pens

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Fountain pens are still considered by many to be the only ‘proper’ pens. There's a bewildering variety available, from a few pounds to several hundred (and to several thousand pounds if you really want). Just remember that beyond around £150 you're not usually buying a better writing experience, you're buying additional barrel ornamentation. But there’s nothing wrong with a bit of ornamentation!

 

You can experience the joys of fountain pens - or introduce a young one to them - from less than £10. Try the Platinum Preppy or the Kaco Retro. Exceptionally good pens can be had for up to £30 - try the Parker Jotter (yes, it’s a fountain pen as well as the familiar ballpoint), the Kaweco Perkeo or the LAMY safari. And if you’re happy to stretch to around the £100 mark, there is plenty of choice from Platinum, Laban, TWSBI and Faber-Castell.


And what about nibs? Well, most sub-£100 pens employ steel nibs, while above that they tend to use a gold nib, which can give a better feel, but don't get hung up on it. Any decent quality steel-nib pen writes perfectly smoothly and both steel and gold nibs offer a range of nib sizes to suit all writing styles. Choose a fine nib if your writing is small and neat, but go for broad if your letters are large and loopy! And why not try an italic (or stub) nib for a spot of everyday calligraphy?


No fountain pen would be complete without ink. Many fountain pens will take both cartridges and - if you fit a converter - bottled ink, while some take only bottled ink. However you feed your pen, there is a huge choice of colours and types of inks out there, and the ritual of refilling your fountain pen is a curiously satisfying one.


When choosing a fountain pen, the thing to remember above all is that the process is quite personal: what’s great for somebody else may not be what’s good for you. So take advice, experiment a little, and then go with your gut.

LAMY 2000 Fountain Pen by LAMY at Cult Pens
LAMY AL-star Fountain Pen Bronze Special Edition by LAMY at Cult Pens
Stunning bronze finish for the 2019 special edition
Cult Pens Exclusive Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Apple Green by Kaweco by Cult Pens at Cult Pens
Cult Pens Exclusive Apple Green Kaweco Skyline Sport
Pelikan Souveran M1000 Fountain Pen Black / Green by Pelikan at Cult Pens
Top-quality super-sized fountain pen with piston-filler
LAMY AL-star Fountain Pen Black by LAMY at Cult Pens
AL-star in matt black finish - stealthy!
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Charcoal by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
Pelikan Souveran M800 Fountain Pen Black / Red by Pelikan at Cult Pens
Pelikan Souveran M800 Fountain Pen Black / Blue by Pelikan at Cult Pens
Top-quality large-sized fountain pen with piston-filler
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Bordeaux Red by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 03 Fine by Platinum at Cult Pens
New design for the popular Preppy
TWSBI VAC 700R Fountain Pen Iris by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Beautiful iridescent trim for this vacuum-filling fountain pen
TWSBI GO Spring Loaded Fountain Pen Clear by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Green by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 05 Medium by Platinum at Cult Pens
New design for the popular Preppy
TWSBI Diamond 580ALR Fountain Pen Navy Blue by TWSBI at Cult Pens
TWSBI Diamond 580ALR Fountain Pen Prussian Blue Limited Edition by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Beautiful limited edition TWSBI 580ALR
Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Superior, heavyweight, tactile pens
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen 02 Extra-Fine by Platinum at Cult Pens
New design for the popular Preppy
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Clear by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Competitively-priced, clear-barrelled fountain pen
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Navy by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen Black by Kaweco at Cult Pens
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Black by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Competitively-priced, clear-barrelled fountain pen
Pilot VPen (V4) Disposable Fountain Pen by Pilot at Cult Pens
A real Cult Pen - disposable fountain pen in 7 ink colours!
TWSBI Swipe Fountain Pen Prussian Blue by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Zebra Disposable Fountain Pen by Zebra at Cult Pens
TWSBI Diamond 580 Fountain Pen Clear by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Innovative clear-barrelled piston-filling fountain pen from TWSBI
Kaweco Skyline Classic Sport Fountain Pen Macchiato by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Silver-trimmed compact pen
LAMY vista Fountain Pen by LAMY at Cult Pens
Clear plastic version of the classic Lamy design
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Strawberry by LAMY at Cult Pens
The Classic LAMY design
TWSBI Eco-T Fountain Pen Clear by TWSBI at Cult Pens
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Light Rose by LAMY at Cult Pens
Pelikan Souveran M400 Fountain Pen Tortoiseshell White by Pelikan at Cult Pens
Unusual white and green finish
Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Crystal by Platinum at Cult Pens
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Smoke with Rose Gold Trim by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Beautiful rose gold trim for this smoke-grey TWSBI Eco
Pilot V-Pen Erasable Ink Fountain Pen by Pilot at Cult Pens
Disposable fountain pen with eradicable ink in 8 colours
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Glow Purple by TWSBI at Cult Pens
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Aqua Sky by LAMY at Cult Pens
TWSBI Eco-T Fountain Pen Mint Blue Limited Edition by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Limited edition of the TWSBI Eco-T
Platinum #3776 Century Fountain Pen Bourgogne with Gold Trim by Platinum at Cult Pens
Kaweco Skyline Classic Sport Fountain Pen Mint by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Silver-trimmed compact pen
Kaweco Bronze Sport Fountain Pen by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Nahvalur Nautilus Fountain Pen Bronze Corydoras by Nahvalur at Cult Pens
Sailor Hi-Ace Neo Calligraphy Fountain Pen by Sailor at Cult Pens
Simple, no-nonsense design
Cult Pens Exclusive Original Fountain Pen Azure Sea by Nahvalur by Nahvalur at Cult Pens
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen Persian Green by TWSBI at Cult Pens
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen in Persian Green.
Kaweco Classic Sport Fountain Pen White by Kaweco at Cult Pens
Kaweco Skyline Classic Sport Fountain Pen Fox by Kaweco at Cult Pens
TWSBI Eco Fountain Pen White by TWSBI at Cult Pens
Competitively-priced, clear-barrelled fountain pen
LAMY safari Fountain Pen Blue by LAMY at Cult Pens
The classic Lamy design
Platinum Prefounte Fountain Pen Night Sea by Platinum at Cult Pens

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