When being new to fountain pens, a rather common question is the one of an appropriate beginners pen. The wide array of available pens might be confusing at first glance and there are less and less brick and mortar-stores out there, where you can actually try the pen first. Hence, you will often find yourself in a situation where you are thrown back to reviews that you find on the internet, because more often than not will you also buy the pen online. Buying a fountain pen, however, is not exactly as straightforward as buying a ballpoint. First of all, a fountain pen is most likely a little more expensive, and secondly, the options available (nibs, manufacturers, and so on) seems a bit more complicated. Anyway, this guide here is meant to help a little in these first steps of selecting a good entry level pen.
All the pens I talk about in the video lay in the price range of around 15 – 25 €, which I would consider being entry level. Apart from a few exceptions (e.g. a Platinum Preppy or so) I would not recommend to go below that when being new to the fountain pen world, since cheaper pens might be of less quality and disappoint you.
Last but not least, when it comes to nib sizes, I would generally recommend to get a Medium (M) nib to start with, and then find out from there whether you would like to rather go finer (F, EF) or broader (B, BB, stub, flex).
I hope the video is useful. Be sure to also check out the other parts of The Essential Fountain Pen Guide. Feel free to also check out my ink-reviews that also place special emphasis on lefties. Note that there is also The Lefty-Fountain Pen Guide.
What I talk about in this video:
- My personal Top 5 recommendations as a beginners fountain pen – in no particular order as to which of them would be better or worse
- I have added a +1 recommendation – the TWSBI Eco. This pen is a little more expensive, but still entry level as when it comes to the world of piston filling fountain pens. This is why it has been added to this video guide. If you are unsure of what a piston filler is, be sure to check out the guide on common filling systems and piston filling.