Best fountain pens for 1st timers - best fountain pens for beginners holiday pen gift guide 2020

Best Fountain Pens for Beginners: 2020 Holiday Pen Gift Guide

If you’re hoping to introduce a friend, loved one or co-worker to fountain pens, and you aren’t sure which pens are a good choice, you’re in the right place. We’ll point you towards a few different options we think are some of the best fountain pens for beginners.

Best Fountain Pens for Beginners

Conklin Stylograph Fountain Pen: The Conklin Stylograph fountain pen is a cartridge converter pen (so they can use it with any bottled fountain pen ink using the ink converter or if they’re not comfortable using bottled ink, they can use an ink cartridge). The Stylograph has a German nib, easy ink flow, and it comes at a reasonable price. You can often find it on sale. Check the latest pricing.

Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen:  At less than $5, if a new fountain pen user decides they’re not a fan, they can move on without any heartache or guilt. It’s also available in a variety of colors.

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen: Great starter pens, the Pilot Metropolitan has a brass barrel and stainless steel accents and fountain pen nib. The sleek, modern pen design combined with the Pilot reputation for quality, and the affordable price makes this one of the most popular fountain pens for beginners.

Lamy Safari fountain pen: The Lamy Safari is a classic when looking for fountain pens for beginners. Although, many fountain pen fans get attached to Lamy and never stop looking for their next favorite from this pen manufacturing powerhouse. In addition to the traditional Lamy Safari fountain pens, you can find Lamy Safari Special Edition Candy fountain pens, and (while supplies last) Lamy Safari fountain pen gift sets.

Kaweco Classic Sport fountain pen: Kaweco pens are made in Germany, and for some, that’s all they need to hear. This particular Kaweco pen design follows the original 1930 design. Pens come with a 23k gold plated stainless steel nib, and an included ink cartridge (or you can add Kaweco’s ingenuous squeeze converter). The compact pen is easy to carry in a purse or pocket when capped, and when posted, the pen is a very easy to use length for writing.

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If you still aren’t sure which fountain pen to choose, but you know you’re looking for fountain pens for beginners, here are a few tips for you. Some of the best fountain pens for beginners are featured in one of our “common searches” for Best Starter Pens. Check it out, and take advantage of the unboxing videos included in many of the product page listings to see a video of the pen. It can be very helpful to see the packaging, the size of the pen in someone’s hand, the finish/color of the pen on video.

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