2.6 Recommendations

Fountain Pens

Under $50:

  • Pilot Metropolitan (with the CON-50 converter instead of the default converter)
    • Pros
      • Good price
      • Excellent build quality
      • A variety of colour and pattern choices
    • Cons
      • Hard to see the ink level from the default converter
      • Proprietary converter
      • Only two nib sizes available (F & M)
  • Lamy Safari/Vista
    • Pros
      • Good build quality and very durable
      • A variety of colours available
      • The nibs can be easily swapped and spare nibs are widely available for sale
    • Cons
      • Proprietary converter
      • The triangular grip section may not be a good fit for everyone
  • Kaweco Sport
    • Pros
      • Excellent pocket sized pen that can be turned into a full sized pen when posted
      • A variety of nib sizes available
    • Cons
      • Only fits international standard short cartridges but not most of the international standard converters

Around $50 – $100

Around $100 – $200

  • Pelikan M200/M205/M215
    • Pros
      • Piston fill mechanism that holds a large amount of ink
      • Smooth piston mechanism
      • Large ink window to check the ink level in the pen
      • Removable nib unit and multiple nib sizes available
      • High quality stainless steel nib
    • Cons
      • Relatively short length and small grip section that may not be a good fit for everyone

  • Pilot Vanishing Point
    • Pros
      • The convenience of the click mechanism
      • 18K gold nib is smooth and gives a fair amount of springiness
      • Swappable nib unit
    • Cons
      • The placement of the clip may not be the most comfortable for gripping the pen

  • Lamy 2000
    • Pros
      • Classic design with piston fill mechanism
      • Smooth 14K gold nib
      • Snap cap for quick writing session
    • Cons
      • Streamlined body may not be the most comfortable for gripping the pen
  • Platinum 3776 Century
    • Pros
      • A large selection with body and trim colours
      • Wide selection of nib sizes
      • The 14K gold nib provides a reasonable balance of feedback and springiness
    • Cons
      • Proprietary converter