Shop By Pen Type

  • Fountain Pens

    Could this be any more fun?

    As you can imagine, we’re fountain pen geeks. We love the feel of ink free flowing from our thoughts, onto the page. From simple note taking to journaling, we have every type of pen you could desire. Here you’ll find fountain pens from $20 to $3,500. From entry level daily writer pens, to pens designed and built like the finest pieces of hand-crafted jewelry. Which you ultimately choose depends strictly upon your needs.

    Fun with pens

    What’s the difference between a $20 fountain pen and a $200 pen? The price of a fountain pen is determined by the material used for the barrel and cap. The nib and feed system come next. Finally, is the packaging; the box it comes in. The writing tip, referred to as the ‘nib’, lays down your ink after it travels through the feed system. We offer steel nibs, gold nibs and some rare nibs made from platinum and palladium. A steel nib costs about $5 to produce. A gold nib about $60. This is the nib cost to the brand who at least triples that cost before selling the pen to us. What’s the difference? Not much unless you are a skilled calligrapher. We have steel nibbed pens which write beautifully. A gold nib, usually 18k or higher, will have more flex when forming letters which to many writers is not a prime consideration whatsoever. If your goal is to learn to hand letter and calligraphy appeals to you, then certainly give a gold, platinum or palladium nib a try.

    How to choose? How does price matter?

    If you are a first-time fountain pen buyer we’d suggest a less expensive pen. Every pen we offer will work perfectly; guaranteed. Don’t let a cheap price cause you to wonder, “How well does this little writer actually work?” Here’s an example based upon price. Many of our customers who own the very finest fountain pens, above $500, very often keep a few ‘cheap writers’ handy. The favored brand among our high-end customers when it comes to inexpensive is, Lamy. Lamy fountain pens start at about $27. This gets you a quality German nib and ink feed (the little back thing under the nib), a quality body and comes in a flat not very impressive package (Some brands will spend up to $50 on a box alone….). This screams value. This is true for all of our lesser expensive fountain pens like Regal, Recife, Schmidt and more.

    How to find your new fountain pen

    On the far left side of this page you’ll find an easy and quick way to sort through the hundreds of pens we offer. You can select price, brand, the body color, trim color and many more. Just drill down through each choice and we’re sure you’ll find a pen which will perfectly match your needs.

  • Liquid Ink Writers

    A Quick History of Ballpen Writing

    1943   Ballpoint refill is introduced
    The ink is thick, kind of waxy and needs a firm touch. Convenience is unparalleled.
    1963   Rollerball technology debuts. The ink is more fluid and it lays down much easier than ‘standard’ ballpoint ink. A ceramic ball improves flow.
    Downsides are the limited capacity since usage increases over ‘standard’ ink
    1966   Paul Fisher introduces the Space Pen gas pressurized refill
    The ink flows more freely and writes on almost any surface including outer space
    2012   Schmidt Technology introduces the ‘Cartridge-Rollerball-System’ commonly referred to as ink ball. Liquid fountain pen ink flows through the precisely machined ball tip. The system allows for the use of any international sized ink cartridge or with a converter reservoir. The cost to write drops dramatically as a result.
    Ink lays down so easily it seems that the tip floats across the page.

    Enjoy the Freedom of Liquid Ink Writers

    Since 1945, Americans have favored the ‘ballpoint’ writing mode. Even today, 60% of ‘fine writing instruments’ are the ballpoint variety. Why? It’s cheap and convenient. But is it really the least expensive way to write with a ‘ballpoint’ tip?Ink Ball tips use a simple plug and play liquid ink cartridge. Each box of six cartridges is equal to about two ballpoint refills. A box of ink cartridges costs $3.50. Our average ballpoint sells for $7 - $11. Choose to use your ink converter and a bottle of ink and the expense drops by half again! 

    Options galore! 

    Choose from 29 colors of ink in cartridges or bottles.

    We offer what we believe through our experience to be the finest quality inks sold anywhere. Through extensive in-house testing conducted on extensively used fountain pens returned for clogging, poor flow, and no startup of ink flow, we’ve found our proprietary formula to allow for years of leaving the cap off and instant startup.