#1

Member
Ontario
Since I know there's a few of you gentlemen out there who have a love of writing instruments I thought this would be a good place to ask this Smile

I'm looking for a new style of pen, my hand writing is utterly terrible no matter what I use, or how slow and careful I go, sometimes I can barely read it Dodgy I'm wanting to try a fountain pen to see if that helps, since I heard that it can? *shrugs* Just what I have heard but I'm willing to try anything at this moment... except classes, not wasting that money again Tongue

I'd like something that comes with a small case, since I probably will end up taking it to work so I can use it there so a solid case would be great!

Anyway, wondering if you guys could point me in the direction of some decent and reasonably priced pens that I try out. I have been looking at Amazon at some and found a few that I liked, but I know nothing about them.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00MDFP46U/ref=...UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.ca/Jinhao-Fountain-Ba...ntain+pens

Thanks guys Smile

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#2

Merchant
San Francisco CA
I'm also entering the fountain pen world! I'm probably going to get a Pilot Kakuno off Amazon. Well-priced, nicely reviewed, and certainly far better than my handwriting deserves. No box though.
#3

Member
Texas
My first fountain pen was a Lamy Safari Charcoal. Fairly inexpensive and great starter pen.

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Jerry
#4
http://www.gouletpens.com/fountain-pens/...=price+asc

If you're new to fountain pens, buy a disposable one or a Chinese cheapo to see if you'll like it first.
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#5

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
The Lamy Safari is a classic and well regarded.  Others to consider are the Nemosine Singularity from xfountainpen.com (http://www.xfountainpens.com/collections...s/nemosine).  They are very well priced, are good looking, come in a choice of nib sizes, write smoothly, and come with both ink cartridges and a converter.  The one thing they don't come with is a nice box but I believe xfountainpens sells some nice ones that are inexpensive.

Another pen you might want to consider is the Pilot Metropolitan.  I would recommend the fine nib on this as I found the medium to be a poor writer.  You can find them at the Goulet Pen Co. (http://www.gouletpens.com/search?query=p...lueFilter=).  The price cannot be beat, they look smart (with just a bit of playfulness), and are made of metal.  I cannot recommend the Goulet Pen Company enough.  Besides being in the founmtain pen business, their site has a huge amount of helpful information about those pens and related products.

I have done business with both of these companies and have found them both to be honest and offer quick service.  I am only known to them as a customer and have no other relationship with them.  Also, both companies offer other pens at entry level prices and on up.  Give them a look and let us know what you think and what you decide. Happy2

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(This post was last modified: 04-10-2016, 02:43 AM by brucered.)
I had a Lamy Safari and didn't care for it, leaked in the cap and transfered to the pen when it was holstered. It was cheap but felt cheap too and that wasn't what I was looking for in a FP.

I splurged and bought a $100 Vanishing Point a few years ago and it ended my desire to search out any more. Money spent up front saved me in the long run.

No case needed for travel, but it comes with one. I know it isn't a "traditional" FP because it's retraceable, but the medium nib is perfect for me. I also quite like the cap placement as it gives my fingers something to rest on.

I ended up with the yellow, butterscotch one.

http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-Vanishing-Co...th=1&psc=1

Here it is with my Popov Leather Field Notes cover.

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#7
+1 for Vanishing Point.

Love mine.

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#8

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
(04-10-2016, 02:30 AM)Bruce Wrote: I had a Lamy Safari and didn't care for it, leaked in the cap and transfered to the pen when it was holstered.  It was cheap but felt cheap too and that wasn't what I was looking for in a FP.

I splurged and bought a $100 Vanishing Point a few years ago and it ended my desire to search out any more.  Money spent up front saved me in the long run.

No case needed for travel, but it comes with one.  I know it isn't a "traditional" FP because it's retraceable, but the medium nib is perfect for me. I also quite like the cap placement as it gives my fingers something to rest on.

I ended up with the yellow, butterscotch one.

http://www.amazon.com/Pilot-Vanishing-Co...th=1&psc=1

I agree about the Vanishing Point, Bruce, but I got the impression that these gents just wanted to get a feel for fountain pens without spending a lot.  While I didn't have the trouble you did with the Safari, I have to admit that it is not one of my favorites.  That, in no way, is to suggest that it is a bad pen, not at all.  However, just like the razor we choose, a fountain pen is a very personal choice, even in less expensive models, unlike a ballpoint which pretty much writes the same no matter what the cost.

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(This post was last modified: 04-10-2016, 02:49 AM by brucered.)
Agreed Freddy. I just wanted to share my experience with it when I was starting out with FPs.

Benton Clay (a soap maker) used to have nice FPs available in a sort of "mystery selection" offering for like $5-6 ea, too bad he isn't around.

Whatever the OP decides, FPs are pretty darn cool and definitely conversation starters when you pull them out. They also teach you to write better and with a lighter touch.

It can be a deep rabbit hole though, so be careful.

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#10

Super Moderator
San Diego, Cal., USA
(04-10-2016, 02:48 AM)Bruce Wrote: Agreed Freddy.  I just wanted to share my experience with it when I was starting out with FPs.

Benton Clay (a soap maker) used to have nice FPs available in a sort of "mystery selection" offering for like $5-6 ea, too bad he isn't around.

Whatever the OP decides, FPs are pretty darn cool and definitely conversation starters when you pull them out.  They also teach you to write better and with a lighter touch.

It can be a deep rabbit hole though, so be careful.

Yup.  It's too late for me, though. Tongue

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