This is my second year coming back to use fountain pens and starting my small collection of pens and inks. It’s a year that I was able to better understand what I truly love for this hobby.
I had very limited knowledge about fountain pens before I decided to come back to the hobby. I had no idea about the huge varieties of filling systems, pen materials, nib materials, and so on. And I guess these are just the basics of any fountain pen design. At the very beginning, almost any kind of design combinations look attractive to me. As the result, I was adding pens that differ vastly into my collection. As I become more knowledgeable about fountain pens, I was able to slowly figure out what particular design directions work the best for me. Therefore I am now having a better focus on what to collect. Also as different pen companies have different designs and how their pens also do not perform in the same way, this makes my collection of pens and inks lean towards certain brands. But before talking about all those details, I think now would be a good time to start listing what my favourites are. Here are my top 10 fountain pens:
- Pelikan Souverän M400 Tortoiseshell-White (14K Gold, F)
- Pelikan Souverän M805 Stressmann (18K Gold, EF)
- Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Grenadilla (18K Gold, M)
- Pelikan Souverän M600 Pink (14K Gold, F)
- Delta Dolcevita Oversize (14K Gold, F)
- Pelikan Souverän M620 Chicago (18K Gold, F)
- Lamy 2000 (14K Gold, F)
- Waterman Carène Ombres et Lumières (18K Gold, F)
- Pilot Vanishing Point Twilight (18K Gold, M)
- Montblanc Meisterstück Classique Platinum Line (14K Gold, F)
By now you can probably see that I really love Pelikan and this brand is certainly the most favourite. My preference for the filling system is the piston filling mechanism, and I think Pelikan does the best job in this area. The pistons are always smooth and the barrels hold a lot of ink. While many other pen companies also offer piston filling pen options, Pelikan makes the basic pen maintenance super convenient by designing the nib units to be easily removable and swappable.
Each other pen has its own advantage. The Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Grenadilla has a very smooth and springy 18K gold nib. Its trip to the nib meister turned it from an average medium nib to a wet nib that writes a bit similar to an architect’s point. The pen looks classic and sits balanced in the hand. It is just so fun to use. All the other pens in the list are also good writers and the ones from Delta, Waterman and Pilot are particularly beautiful pens. Being a smooth and reliable writer, my Lamy 2000 is rarely out of rotation. Last but not least, the Montblanc Meisterstück Classique has always been one of my favourites, since it is my first fountain pen. And of course it writes equally as well as the others, if not even better.
These pens are the ones that I love the most and use the most often. There are some honourable mentions that I want to list below. While they could not make it to the top 10, these pens are either very interesting to use, or offering great values for the money:
- Omas Ogiva Alba Violet (14K Gold, F extra flessibile)
- Platinum 3776 Century Nice Pur (14K Gold, M)
- Pilot Falcon Black/Rhodium (14K Gold, SEF)
- Pelikan Classic M215 Black-Silver Rings (Stainless Steel, F)
- Kaweco AL Sport Stonewashed Black (Stainless Steel, 1.1mm stub)
- Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop – Green (Stainless Steel, M)
As for inks, below is my top 5:
- Montblanc Lavender Purple
- Sailor Jentle Souten
- Sailor Jentle Tokiwa-Matsu
- Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin
- Montblanc Toffee Brown
I love cool colour inks in general, except for the Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin. These inks all flow well, easy for pen maintenance and offer excellent performances on many types of paper. The best part is, they all have a decent amount of shading combining with most paper types and pens.
Once again there are some honourable mentions in each colour range. Please feel free to check out this page.
That’s it for my top 10 fountain pens and top 5 inks for 2015. In the next blog I will continue to talk about other things that made this hobby wonderful, in my opinion.
Thank you for reading!