Today it’s a short post about a topic I’m fairly new to in the stationery world: fountain pens. I’ve only really delved into the world of fountain pens this year and I had no idea how crazy that world could be!
For someone just starting out to experiment with fountain pens it can be quite daunting to know where to start. Join any fountain pen Facebook group and you’ll see just how varied the world of fountain pens is.
As with any new hobby (yes fountain pens are a hobby!) it’s best to start at the bottom and work your way up once you know you’re into it. Here are my top 3 recommendations for absolute beginners. All are easy to use, durable and crucially they won’t break the bank!
This was my very first fountain pen and one that is frequently recommended for first timers. The plastic barrel is shaped in a way that helps newbies grip the fountain pen correctly. The nib is available in extra-fine, fine and medium and can be changed if needed. The pens usually come with cartridges but you can also buy a converter which means you can use bottled inks as well as cartridges.
What I really like about the Safari is that it’s quite minimalist. It looks good but not too frilly and fancy and it’s available in a range of colours including some special editions like Petrol. My Lamy Safari is white and the nib is medium although on reflection I think fine might have been easier for me to use straight away since I have a tendency to push quite hard on my pens.
Get your own Lamy Safari here for only £15.50 here.
I didn’t choose to purchase a Kaweco Sport rather it was destiny that I obtained on. I got to meet some lovely ladies at the London Stationery Show where I got to assemble my own KawecoSport and take it home! At this point I wasn’t really aware of Kaweco but at the show I was educated and after trying out my new pen I was hooked.
The pen is pocket sized but when the cap is posted it’s the size of a regular pen which is such a clever design. I just love how retro it looks and it’s available in lots of really cool subtle colours. Mine is in a beautiful Cappuccino colour and it looks so pretty and vintage as well as being able to write really well. I think I slightly prefer my Kaweco to my Lamy but it could be because I’ve used it more because of how portable it is.
Get your own for only £17.99 from Amazon here.
The last pen on my little list is the Pilot Metropolitan. This is pretty much the most recommended fountain pen for beginners but even more experienced enthusiasts often prefer this reliable staple. Unfortunately I don’t own my own Metropolitan yet although I have tried it out. I am extremely picky with the colour of my pens and so far I’ve not decided which one takes my fancy. They’re available in a range of colours and patterns including their colourful ‘Retro Pop’ range.
My favourite is the slick Crocodile Black style available on Amazon for under £16.
A Fountain of Knowledge
I thought it would also be useful to share some great communities and resources for those of you new to fountain pens to get a little more information.
Goulet Nation Facebook Group – The official group for fans of Goulet pens this group is a fountain of knowledge for everything related to fountain pens. Everyone is really helpful so if you need a recommendation just ask!
Well-Appointed Desk Blog – This stationery blog is absolutely full of great information all about the world of fountain pens, including reviews of pens, nibs and inks. Posting is very frequent so this database is always growing.
The Beginners Guide to Fountain Pens – Jet Pens has produced this really useful guide to introduce complete beginners to exactly how fountain pens work. If you’re completely confused read this guide.