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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