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Beginner fountain pen reviews


The Lamy Safari Petrol is the newest special edition of the classic Lamy Safari pen.  Its a really great looking color that is kind a dark turquoise.  As with the standard Lamy Safari, the Petrol is a plastic body and has a flat finish with a glossy metal clip that looks like a twisted up portion of a large paper clip.  I picked up this pen at Hinkson’s Office Store in Princeton, NJ which I stumbled across by accident while strolling through the streets of … [Read more…]


As part of our sponsorship with JetPens, I get to try out some pretty awesome pens and office supplies free of cost, and this Sailor Lecoule (buy via JetPens) is one of them.  Mostly known for their mid to high end fountain pens, Sailor has this very nice offering that fits more into the beginner or maybe higher end beginner arena.  Although I’m looking at the Morion or Black Quartz colorway here, its also available in 4 other colors at the JetPens link … [Read more…]


I was a bit surprised when I came across this JetPens Mini Aluminum Fountain Pen (buy via JetPens, of course) when I was viewing all of the new arrivals on their site recently.  Before we dive into a closer look at this, just a reminder that this pen was acquired free of charge via our sponsorship with JetPens. … [Read more…]


Our friends and sponsor from Pen Chalet offered us the opportunity to take this new Pelikan Stola III fountain pen (via Pen Chalet) for a test drive, and of course it was an offer that was not to be passed up. … [Read more…]


Today we have a great guest post that takes a look at the experience of using fountain pens for lefties.  It was written by friend of the blog and prolific left handed wrist watch blogger at The Wrist Watch Review and A Blog toWatch, Patrick Kansa (@abtw_patrick).  Many thanks to Patrick for providing this view that as a right handed writer I could never provide for our great readers here.  I think you its a great read regardless of which hand you write … [Read more…]


When I saw the pictures of the Pilot Varsity Fountain Pens (via Amazon) with their new body designs, I quickly remembered how much I didn’t really like the design of the old bodies, which you can see in our previous review here.  I figured I’d grab a pack of these to see if anything else seems to have changed. … [Read more…]


The Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen with an Extra Fine Nib (02) (via JetPens) is a great beginner fountain pen for anyone looking to dip their toe into the world of fountain pens.  It will only set you back about $5 and still provide an experience to give you the feel of what using a fountain pen is like.  This review sample is from our friends at JetPens, provided free of charge as part of their sponsorship of our monthly giveaway. … [Read more…]


The good folks over at JetPens make it easy for us to get review samples for the blog as part of our partnership with them for the monthly giveaway that we do.  Today is exciting because this is the first time we have actually had a JetPens branded product to try out, and its their fairly new Mini Fountain Pen the JetPens Chibi which you can check out here as an option to add to your cart to make sure you hit that $25 minimum for free shipping. … [Read more…]


I’m sure if you are a fountain pen user you have either heard or read comments from people saying that they don’t want to use a fountain pen because they are afraid it will leak on them.  It’s something that I’ve heard way too many times so I just wanted to put this out there because I was thinking about it based on an experience I had the other day with one of my non-fountain pens.  The above photo shows my Lamy Studio with a little bit of nib creep.  The … [Read more…]


I recently stumbled across these BIC Disposable Fountain Pens (here via Amazon or here via Staples) which were new to me, so I decided to grab some and see how they performed.  I’m also always looking to add to our list of beginner fountain pens because I think some of these more inexpensive fountain pens are a great way for people to get started and see if they might like the experience. … [Read more…]


The Pilot Vortex Fountain Pen is a pretty unique and futuristic looking fountain pen that I picked up from JetPens recently, simply because of its design.  As a beginner fountain pen though, its definitely worth a closer look. … [Read more…]


Thanks to our friends at Jetpens, I’ve been testing out this Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen for a few weeks now.  Coming in at a price of below $15 at Jetpens, this pen falls square in the “beginner fountain pen” category, which is not a bad thing at all, just a way to classify a great every day writer. … [Read more…]


The Pilot Plumix is definitely a beginner level fountain pen, but with that said it still delivers a nice and unique experience for the cost.  Personally I’m not a huge fan of how it looks, but when it comes to the writing experience I was very impressed, so lets take a closer look. … [Read more…]


I just noticed these Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pens at JetPens when adding stuff to my cart for my last order.  I figured that for $20 they looked like a great deal and I should give one a try.  After placing my order I was a little concerned that maybe I was just a little drawn in by the shiny finish, but I figured I wouldn’t worry about it and I’d just have to wait to get my shipment to get a closer look.  The Plaisir was also designed for those that … [Read more…]


The Pelikan Pelikano Junior is a great beginner fountain pen for children to learn to write with.  Its bright colors, sturdy plastic body, and strong stainless steel nib are just some of the qualities that make this such a great learning tool for young writers.  This item was very kindly given to me by Tom over at Goldspot Luxury Gifts…even if you are not in the market to buy a pen, you should probably check out their blog too since that is how I found … [Read more…]

Last updated by Brian Greene at April 25, 2017.


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