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What Is the Best Make of a Fountain Pen?

Fountain pens are classic writing instruments that have been used for centuries, and they still hold a special place in the hearts of many writers, calligraphers, and artists. However, with so many options available on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the best make of fountain pen for your needs. Let’s explore the features of various fountain pen brands and models, and provide recommendations for the best options available with opinions pulled from the experienced fountain pen users on the Pen Chalet team!

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Do you know which brand of fountain pen is best for you?

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What to Consider When Choosing a Fountain Pen
Best Fountain Pen Brands

1) Pilot
2) Pelikan
3) Lamy
4) Kaweco
5) Platinum

Best Fountain Pen Models

1) Pilot Metropolitan
2) Pelikan Souverän M800
3) Lamy Safari
Kaweco AL Sport
5) Platinum Preppy

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Featured Pen: Kaweco Liliput fountain pen.

Fountain Pen Price Ranges

1) Starting Writer
2) Professional Analog Writer

The Best Fountain Pens FAQ

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Pictured: Ink sketch of John Hancock by Vanessa Langton with the Leonardo Officina Italiana Exclusive Momento Zero fountain pen in Rosewood/Ebonite with Leonardo fountain pen ink.

1) Do Expensive Fountain Pens Write Better?
2) The Basic Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Fountain Pens
3) Most Popular Fountain Pen NIB Sizes
4) How Often Should a Fountain Pen Be Cleaned?

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Introduction: What Do You Need to Know About Fountain Pens?

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Fountain pens are often viewed as luxury writing instruments due to their classic design and high price tags. However, for those who appreciate the art of writing, a fountain pen can be a worthwhile investment. There are many factors to consider when choosing a fountain pen, including the nib size, ink flow, material, and brand reputation. In this article, we will examine some of the best fountain pen brands and models, as well as discuss the price ranges for both starting writers and professional analog writers. Additionally, we will provide answers to frequently asked questions about fountain pens and introduce Pen Chalet, a fine writing instrument online store.

What to Consider When Choosing a Fountain Pen

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Nib Tip Sizes

When choosing a fountain pen, it’s important to consider several factors, including the nib size, ink flow, material, and brand reputation. The nib size determines the width of the lines you will produce, and it can vary from extra-fine to broad. The ink flow determines how easily the ink will flow out of the pen, and it can affect the quality of your writing. The material of the pen can range from plastic to precious metals, and it can affect the weight and durability of the pen. Finally, the brand reputation can give you an idea of the quality and craftsmanship of the pen.

Best Fountain Pen Brands

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The Pilot Vanishing Point was one of the top 5 bestselling fountain pens in 2022 in the $100+ range.

There are several brands that are known for producing high-quality fountain pens. These brands have a reputation for excellence in craftsmanship, design, and materials. Pilot is a Japanese brand that is known for producing affordable, high-quality fountain pens. They have been in business since 1918 and have established a reputation for excellence in the writing instrument industry. Pilot’s range of fountain pens includes the Metropolitan, Vanishing Point, and Custom 74, among others. The Pilot Metropolitan is a popular entry-level fountain pen that offers excellent value for money. It has a classic design and writes smoothly, making it a great choice for beginners. One of their most popular models is the Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pen, the most widely known and accepted retractable fountain pen on the market.

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Featured pen: Pelikan M800 Brown Black fountain pen.

For those who are willing to spend more, Pelikan is worth considering. Pelikan is another German brand that produces high-end fountain pens. Their pens are known for their unique piston-filling mechanism and excellent nibs. The Pelikan Souverän M800 is a popular choice among fountain pen collectors. It has a classic design and is available in a range of colors.

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Kelsey, one of our guest reviewers, putting the Lamy Safari fountain pen to work with some Lamy Black ink.

Lamy, founded in 1930, creates more than 6 million fine writing instruments annually making them the current leader of German-made pens. This distinguished worldwide brand is dedicated to German traditions and engineering with each pen using the Bauhaus principle of functional design with form following function. Lamy offers a variety of popular pen designs, and a few have become unmistakable icons in the industry. For example, the Lamy Safari is one of the most popular starter fountain pens on the market year after year. It’s also a fountain pen loved by experienced fountain pen users and even collectors.

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The Kaweco Special Edition AL Sport fountain pen is a great pocket pen that uses a mini ink converter.

Kaweco is a German brand known for producing high-quality fountain pens that stand the test of time. They are renowned for their craftsmanship and set a high standard in the industry. One of their most popular models is the Kaweco AL Sport fountain pen, which features an all-metal pen design and is one of the most popular pocket-sized pens on the market.

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Featured: Platinum Preppy Wa the 2nd Limited Edition fountain pens.

Another Japanese brand always worth mentioning is Platinum. Platinum’s fountain pens are known for their exceptional nibs, which are often praised for their smoothness and consistency. The Platinum Preppy is a budget-friendly option that offers a surprisingly good writing experience. It has a simple design and comes in a variety of colors.

Fountain Pen FAQs

Got More Questions? Pen Chalet Is Happy to Discuss & Educate More on Fountain Pens.

Q: How Much Does a Good Quality Fountain Pen Cost for a Starting Writer?

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Featured: Pilot Explorers, an excellent starter fountain pen.

A: A good quality fountain pen for a starting writer can cost anywhere from $20 to $50.

Q: How Much Does a Good Quality Fountain Pen Cost for a Professional Analog Writer?

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Featured luxury fountain pen: Pilot Custom 823 fountain pen.

A: A good quality fountain pen for a professional analog writer can cost anywhere from $100 to $500.

Q: Do Expensive Fountain Pens Write Better?

A: Not necessarily. While expensive fountain pens may offer better materials and craftsmanship, the writing experience ultimately depends on personal preference.

Q: What Is the Basic Difference Between Cheap and Expensive Fountain Pens?

A: The basic difference between a cheap and expensive fountain pen is in the materials and craftsmanship. Expensive fountain pens are often made of higher-quality materials and are crafted with more attention to detail.

Q: What Is the Most Popular Fountain Pen NIB Size?

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Take a look at a writing sample with the Tibaldi Bononia Mercury fountain pen.

A: The most popular fountain pen nib size is medium. Jump to our fountain pen nib tipping size chart.

Q: How Often Should a Fountain Pen Be Cleaned?

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Build yourself a handy set of luxury pen care maintenance tools and products. These are the “must haves” that we keep around: spare ink vials (to store ink we don’t want to put back in the full size bottle), brass shims, Pen Chalet pen flush, Pen Chalet silicone grease, nib grips, 30x pen loupe, and a Dee Charles Designs pen wipe wallet.

A: Fountain pens should be cleaned every 3-6 months, depending on usage. Regular maintenance can help ensure a long-lasting and smooth writing experience.

Jump to Pelikan’s details for handling and cleaning a fountain pen.
Jump here if you are dealing with a dried out fountain pen.
Jump here to learn how to clean a piston fountain pen.

So, What Is The Best Make of Fountain Pen for You?

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Choosing the best make of fountain pen ultimately comes down to personal preference and budget. Brands like Pilot, Platinum, Kaweco, and Pelikan offer a wide range of fountain pens to suit different needs and styles. If you’re in the market for a fountain pen, consider shopping at Pen Chalet for a hassle-free buying experience. With a little research and experimentation, you’re sure to find a fountain pen that’s perfect for you.

Pen Chalet – Your Go-To Online Pen Store

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Featuring: Lamy Special Edition Bronze AL Star fountain pen.

When it comes to buying fountain pens, there are plenty of options available online. However, if you’re looking for a reliable and trustworthy online store, look no further than Pen Chalet. Pen Chalet is a fine writing instrument online store that offers a wide range of pens, inks, and more. They have a user-friendly website, excellent customer service, and competitive prices. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned fountain pen enthusiast, Pen Chalet has something for everyone.

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1 year ago

I can tell you by experience it’s not a Waterman. I have had terrible troubles with the pen and customer service. I love the list you provided. That list includes my favorite pens. I would add the Lamy Studio as one of my favorite pens. It’s substantial, comes in great colors and I love the way it writes. It’s my go to, works every time and it’s fun.

Martin O'Toole
1 year ago

Where can I find a good pen with a nib that spreads wider as u apply more pressure as in calligraphy? Many thanks, Martin

Peter Dattolo
1 year ago
Reply to  Martin O'Toole

Hello Martin that’s a great question. I’m not part of this site but with fountain pens the nibs are more stiff then calligraphy nibs. It still is possible to write in “calligraphy style” though. A few thing’s to consider for this are paper type (try on index cards) and angle of the nib to paper. Fountain pens are not so much pressure to write but angle. You can use any fountain pen listed above by using the nib flat (normal daily writing), side (tilt the pen just a bit so your writing with the side on the nib). You can… Read more »