The glowing reviews are true. Using a fountain pen really does elevate your writing experience.
Nevertheless, it is no secret that switching from ballpoint pens or biros to fountain pens can seem rather complex.
How do you find the right fountain pen for your writing needs? Can you buy one on a budget? Are fountain pens all the same or are there brands and designs that are student-friendly?
If any of these concerns have been hindering you from choosing a fountain pen, then this is the right review for you.
Read on as we explore some top starter fountain pen options, their features, and why they are worth investing in.
Let's get into it, shall we?
Waterman Fountain Pen
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Waterman is a brand that has become synonymous with style and powerful writing. The firm was originally established in 1884 in New York city.
The Lamy Safari has a distinct body design that stands out from most fountain pens in the market. It is cylindrical but has flat contours that give the pen an ergonomic grip. It has a flat top and the cap has a metal u-shaped clip.
The body is made of ABS plastic and hence the pen weighs only 17g. It measures about 5.5 inches lengthwise when closed and this moves up to 6.5 inches when the pen is posted.
Unlike advanced fountain pens that are heavier and larger, these compact lightweight Lamy Safari dimensions make it easy to adapt to writing with a fountain pen.
The resilient plastic body also makes this the kind of pen that you can easily carry around between lectures and other day-to-day activities. It is unlikely to chip or fall apart if you drop it like most dainty fountain pens.
The grip section is not too large but it is well-designed and easy to hold on to.
Right above it, you will notice a small reservoir window that lets you see how much ink you have left in the pen. This is a delight because it saves you from unexpectedly running out of ink.
There have been problems with the grip before for some users.
The Lamy Safari is compatible with both ink cartridge and ink converter filling methods. However, it only comes with an LT10 blue ink cartridge. You would have to buy a converter separately if you prefer to fill your pen that way.
Lamy nibs are made of stainless steel and are quite sturdy. Thankfully, they are available in different widths. You can always switch to a different size once you discover what works best for your penmanship.
Better still, if you are left-handed, Lamy offers nibs that are optimized for that too.
Lamy regularly releases special editions of the Lamy Safari fountain pen. Subsequently, the prices vary between about $20 to $40.
The Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen has a fully cylindrical barrel made of brass with a lacquer finish and stainless steel trims. It has a snap-cap with a vertical clip.
The pen is about 5.4 inches when closed and 6 inches when posted. Its metal body is slightly heavy and weighs about 26 grams, give or take.
If you are looking for a starter pen that offers that traditional fountain pen feel and experience these features are right up that alley.
The grip area is made of resin which is softer than metal. It does not easily slide off your fingers as you write and if you tend to hold your pen a little tight, your fingers will not suffer for it.
You can use an ink cartridge or an ink converter to fill up your Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen. The even better news is, the pen comes with a Pilot ink cartridge and its corresponding CON-20 aerometric squeeze converter.
There are 3 Pilot Metropolitan nib options; fine, medium, and 1.0mm. They are all made of stainless steel and deliver an outstanding writing experience due to their measured dispensing of ink.
The Pilot Metropolitan will set you back about $20 to $30 depending on where you buy it. However, this is a steal considering it comes with a converter.
The Kaweco Sport has an octagonal body shape and an oversized cap that covers about three-quarters of the pen's length.
The cap is a screw-on design that keeps the pen well protected in your pocket and also shields you from ink stains in case of leaks.
When closed, this pen measures only 4.1 inches which is quite short. However, you can make up for this by posting the pen which yields a height of about 5.2 inches.
The Kaweco Sport's body is made of plastic and bears all the features of a light compact fountain pen that you may enjoy if you do not like bulky pens.
Given the compact size of this pen, the grip section is rather small. Still, it would be sizeable enough for anyone with average size hands. Posting the pen could also help you balance it better.
The Kaweco Sport comes with a blue ink cartridge in its barrel which is mini-sized and may require frequent filling if you write for long spells. You could, however, buy and use a Kaweco-recommended converter if you prefer to.
The nib is made of gold-plated stainless steel and is available in fine, extra-fine, medium, and broad widths.
On average, an original Kaweco Sport pen could cost you about $25 and below.
The TWSBI GO has a simple design made with user-friendliness in mind.
Its entire body is made of transparent plastic that showcases a coiled spring in the upper part of the barrel. The snap-on cap is also made of plastic but there are steel cap alternatives with a clip.
When capped, the TWSBI GO is about 5.3 inches long, and when posted it borders on 6.9 inches. It is a lightweight pen but you could consider unposting it if the back weight or extra length feels uncomfortable.
There is ample grip room below the barrel and the texture of the plastic makes it easy to hold as you write. You may, however, struggle a little if you have large hands.
TWSBI GO fountain pens are designed with a spring-loaded piston filling system. You just need to unscrew the barrel, dip the nib in ink, and push down the plunger to push up the ink.
This method may be a bit different but it is fast and easy for beginners and young students. The transparent design also makes it easy to keep track of ink supply.
The nib is extra fine and made of steel. It maintains good ink flow and, impressively, does not scratch even when ink is running low.
The ballpark price is $20.
The Montverde Monza would be an ideal pick if you are looking for a student's or beginner's pen with a classy look. It has a clear body made of plastic with chrome trims and a screw-on cap with a metal clip.
On size, it measures approximately 5.3 inches capped and 5.7 inches when posted. Still, thanks to its plastic body, it only weighs 16g.
The length of this pen makes it easy for just about anyone to hold with ease and write comfortably even for long sessions.
Each Monteverde Monza fountain pen comes with 2 standard international ink cartridges and a piston ink converter. You can switch between both options whenever you please.
As you unbox your Monteverde Monza pen, you will notice that you are provided with 3 nib sections; fine, medium, and flex. You will have all the options you need to learn what works for you.
Admittedly, the steel nibs can be a bit scratchy but they get better after a couple of uses.
The average market price is about $32 which is great value considering all the extras that come with this pen.
So, there you have it. No matter what your preferences are, there are fountain pen options that can meet your needs.
Will you pick the best one on your first try? Probably not but, on the upside, the starter pens on this list are affordable enough to sample without breaking the bank.