Redesigned Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pens

Pilot Varsity New Bodies

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...]

Counterfeit Lamy Safari – PSA

Counterfeit Lamy Safari

I've got a quick PSA today about counterfeit Lamy Safari fountain pens.  If you missed the excellent video by Tom over on the Goldspot blog about spotting a Counterfeit Lamy Safari, you should check it out immediately.  Essentially what I learned from watching the video is that the easiest way to tell a counterfeit Safari is by the lack of any printing inside the cardboard ring that prevents the cap from fully closing during shipping.  As you can see in my … [Read more...]

Platinum Preppy Extra Fine 02

Platinum Preppy Extra Fine 02 Capped

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...]

Mini Fountain Pen the JetPens Chibi

Mini Fountain Pen the JetPens Chibi body capped

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...]

Fountain Pens Leak, or so they Say

Just a little nib creep

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...]

BIC Disposable Fountain Pens

BIC Disposable Fountain Pen Nib Front

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...]

Pilot Vortex Fountain Pen

Pilot Vortex Fountain Pen Cap Posted

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...]

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen Zig Zag Pattern with Medium Nib

Pilot Metropolitan and Aerometric Converter

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...]

Pilot Plumix Fountain Pen

The Pilot Plumix Nib

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...]

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen: Another Great Option for Your First Fountain Pen

Platinum Plaisir Fountain Pen Uncapped

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...]

Pelikan Pelikano Junior Fountain Pen for Kids

The Pelikan Pelikano Junior uncapped with the comfy rubber grip.

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...]

Beginner Fountain Pens – Lamy Safari Fountain Pen Review

The Lamy Safari with converter disassembled.

Many of you have had some great suggestions on other fountain pens to review in my series of what I consider to be beginner or starter fountain pens. I know that a lot of people might not really consider the Lamy Safari to be a true beginner fountain pen but my view on this is that if you have owned and used one of the two other beginner fountain pens that I reviewed (Pilot Varsity or Platinum Preppy) then I think you have enough experience to decide if … [Read more...]

Beginner Fountain Pens – Platinum Preppy Fountain Pen Review

The Platinum Preppy taken apart to show the nib and the cartridge.

As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I am doing a few reviews this week on some of the more inexpensive or beginner fountain pens that I have used because I have seen many questions and comments from people who are skeptical or reluctant to try a fountain pen because they believe they will be too expensive, too messy, or just too difficult to write with. Hopefully my posts this week will help people who are curious about fountain pens to find … [Read more...]

Beginner Fountain Pens – Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen Review

Close up of the Pilot Varsity Fountain Pen Medium Nib.

As you can see from the above writing sample, the Pilot Varsity puts down a very bold and vibrant line, you really dont see any white spots where the nib has skipped or scratched at the paper.  It is also surprising to see that this $3.00 fountain pen wrote so well in such a basic and non-fountain pen specific notebook.  The Mead paper is usually fine for your basic ballpoint, rollerball, gel, or pencil, but I did not expect such great results for a … [Read more...]

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