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.
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.
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.
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.
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.