Friday, December 20, 2013

Fountain Pen Buying Guide

A Sample of Different Writing Nibs

Click here to read The Five Reasons to Buy a Fountain Pen

Click here to read How to Buy A Pen That Will Last Forever

Click here to read about the LAMY Safari Fountain pen. This is one of the best fountain pens made and available for around $25-$30.


  1. Hi Roger:
    My dad used the same Parker fountain pen all (at least) my life. I used only a fountain pen in high school - to be "like Dad." I kind of got away from it but was always drawn back. I really appreciate how the ink flows on the paper and how much more pleasing it is to read.
    My husband gave me a beautiful Mt. Blanc for Christmas years ago but I was always afraid to carry it with me to university, etc. so have never use it very much, which is sad. It's now packed away in storage and not available for me to use now in the RV. That's sad too because here in the RV would be the perfect place to use it and not lose it.
    I think I'm going to buy that LAMY Safari; now, after your posts about fountain pens, I'm craving one! This post is very helpful and I thank you for putting it together.

  2. Forgot to mention, I'd originally watched "Babette's Feast" on Netflix but it's not available at this time. I'm going to check out the library here at the RV park and then head to iTunes.

  3. Mary-Pat,
    I think you will really enjoy a LAMY Safari pen. I would recommend a fine or medium nib. You can always change to something else later. The LAMY nibs are easily changeable between different LAMY pens. I own 3 or 4 Safaris with different nibs.
    I recommend shopping at They are a wonderful young couple who offer excellent service. Don't forget to order some LAMY ink cartridges. On their web site go to Ink>Shop all in Cartridges. You might also consider buying some bottled ink. I recommend Noodler's Black. Noodler Ink is a one man band and the guy makes wonderful ink. Noodler's Black is an interesting ink. It bonds with the paper and is impossible to remove from paper but can easily be washed from your hands!
    For another $5.00 you can order what we call a converter. This allows you to refill your pen with ink from a bottle rather than use more expensive cartridges. At Goulet go to Accessories>Cartridge converters.
    You might also want to try some high quality paper (in notebook form) from Rhodia or Clairefontaine (both from France). These are world class papers for fountain pens. Staples also make a low cost sustainable notebook (item 749565) which works well with fountain pens.

    Sorry for going on so long, but as you can tell I have a passion for fountain pens.

  4. I forgot to add that using a nice fountain pen and notebook will encourage you to keep a written journal.

  5. Ah Ha! Now you've got me!!! Now I just have to get together a method for having it delivered - like where I'll be for any length of time. Hmmm, I'm going to be here until the 1st - at least. I'll check on having it delivered here.