Fountain Pens

Fountain pens are still considered by many to be the only proper pens. At Cult Pens we don't subscribe to such a narrow view, but we do like a nice fountain pen. There's a bewildering variety available from a few pounds to several hundred (and to several thousand pounds if you really want). Just remember that beyond around £150 you're not buying a better writing experience, you're buying additional barrel ornamentation. Most sub-£100 pens employ steel nibs, while above that they tend to use gold nibs, which can give a better feel, but don't get hung up on it. Any decent quality steel-nib pen writes perfectly smoothly. You can experience the joys of fountain pens from as little as three or four pounds - try the Platinum Preppy or the Pilot VPen - and exceptionally good pens can be had between £10 and £20 - try the Lamy safari and OHTO Tasche.

What's the best fountain pen? More than any other pen type, fountain pens are incredibly subjective. Almost any fountain pen we sell will be in someone's top ten. Some of our favourites are:

  • The Pilot Capless - a unique retractable fountain pen that's a joy to use, is a great talking point and has one of the best quality nibs at any price.
  • The Platinum #3776 is another iconic Japanese pen with extraordinary-quality nibs.
  • The Lamy 2000 is an enduring design, much-loved.

There's a wealth of information and discussion about fountain pens out there on the net, and we'd recommend browsing the Fountain Pen Network, and if you have just bought a fountain pen or are thinking of buying one our Getting Started with a Fountain Pen guide might help make things easier.

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Cleo Skribent Classic Metal Piston Fountain Pen Black Beautifully lightweight piston-filling fountain pen
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Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Black Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
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Diplomat Excellence A2 Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Diplomat Aero Factory Fountain Pen Raw aluminium finish for the zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
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Diplomat Aero Metallic Brown Fountain Pen Zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
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Diplomat Aero Matt Silver Fountain Pen Zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
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Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Orange Slender-barrelled pen in contemporary colours
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Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Green Slender-barrelled pen in contemporary colours
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