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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Cross Wanderlust Fountain Pen Borneo Free Death Star journal
Cross Wanderlust Fountain Pen Antelope Canyon Free Death Star journal
Cross Wanderlust Fountain Pen Malta Free Death Star journal
Cross Wanderlust Fountain Pen Everest Free Death Star journal
Cross Bailey Fountain Pen Black Lacquer Free Death Star journal
Cross Bailey Fountain Pen Red Lacquer Free Death Star journal
Cross Bailey Fountain Pen Medalist Chrome and Gold Free Death Star journal
Cross Bailey Blue Lacquer Fountain Pen Free Death Star journal
Cross Botanica Purple Orchid Fountain Pen Free Death Star journal
Cross Botanica Purple Orchid Fountain Pen Stylish designs based on floral henna patterns
Only £68.00 inc VAT £56.67 ex VAT 20% off
Cross Botanica Red Hummingbird Vine Fountain Pen Free Death Star journal
Cross Botanica Red Hummingbird Vine Fountain Pen Stylish designs based on floral henna patterns
Only £68.00 inc VAT £56.67 ex VAT 20% off
Cross Botanica Green Daylily Fountain Pen Free Death Star journal
Cross Botanica Green Daylily Fountain Pen Stylish designs based on floral henna patterns
Only £76.00 inc VAT £63.33 ex VAT 20% off
Cross Century II Fountain Pen Lustrous Chrome Free Death Star journal
Cross Century II Fountain Pen Lustrous Chrome Wide-bodied classic in smooth polished chrome
silver
Only £56.00 inc VAT £46.67 ex VAT 20% off
Cross Century II Fountain Pen Black Lacquer with Gold Trim Free Death Star journal
Cross Century II Fountain Pen Black Lacquer with Rhodium Trim Free Death Star journal
Cross Century II Fountain Pen Blue Lacquer with Rhodium Trim Free Death Star journal
Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen Black with Gold Trim Free Death Star journal
Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen Medalist Chrome with Gold Trim Free Death Star journal
Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen Black Lacquer and Chrome Free Death Star journal
Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen Lustrous Chrome Free Death Star journal
Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen Blue Lacquer Free Death Star journal
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Molten Lava
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Molten Lava Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
orange
Only £125.00 inc VAT £104.17 ex VAT
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Northern Lights
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Northern Lights Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
navy-blue
Only £125.00 inc VAT £104.17 ex VAT
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Red Storm
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Red Storm Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
red
Only £125.00 inc VAT £104.17 ex VAT
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Turquoise Ocean
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Turquoise Ocean Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
turquoise
Only £125.00 inc VAT £104.17 ex VAT
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Purple Mist
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Purple Mist Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
purple
Only £125.00 inc VAT £104.17 ex VAT
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Midnight
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Midnight Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
black
Only £125.00 inc VAT £104.17 ex VAT 7% off
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Oyster Mist
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Oyster Mist Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
white
Only £125.00 inc VAT £104.17 ex VAT
Manuscript Deluxe Calligraphy Set
Manuscript Deluxe Calligraphy Set Comprehensive selection of nibs, available in both left- and right-handed versions
Only £16.99 inc VAT £14.16 ex VAT £22.00 inc VAT £18.33 ex VAT Save £5.01 inc VAT £4.18 ex VAT 22% off
Manuscript Scribe Calligraphy 3 Nib Set
Manuscript Scribe Calligraphy 3 Nib Set Rounded nib edges offer smoother writing experience, available in both left- and right-handed versions
Only £12.49 inc VAT £10.41 ex VAT £16.99 inc VAT £14.16 ex VAT Save £4.50 inc VAT £3.75 ex VAT 26% off
Manuscript Scribe Calligraphy Pen Set
Manuscript Scribe Calligraphy Pen Set Rounded nib edges offer smoother writing experience, available in both left- and right-handed versions
Only £10.99 inc VAT £9.16 ex VAT £13.90 inc VAT £11.58 ex VAT Save £2.91 inc VAT £2.43 ex VAT 20% off
Conklin All American Fountain Pen Lapis Blue
Conklin All American Fountain Pen Lapis Blue Substantial, boldly-coloured American design
blue
Only £97.50 inc VAT £81.25 ex VAT
Conklin All American Fountain Pen Yellowstone
Conklin All American Fountain Pen Yellowstone Substantial, boldly-coloured American design
yellow
Only £97.50 inc VAT £81.25 ex VAT
Karas Kustoms Fountain K Customisable Fountain Pen
Karas Kustoms Fountain K Customisable Fountain Pen Customisable fountain pen in metal
blackbluegreengreyorangepinkpurplesilver
Only £75.00 inc VAT £62.50 ex VAT
Karas Kustoms Ink Customisable Fountain Pen
Karas Kustoms Ink Customisable Fountain Pen Customisable fountain pen in metal
blackbluegreengreyorangepinkpurplesilver
Only £94.00 inc VAT £78.33 ex VAT 8% off
Karas Kustoms Fountain K Barrel Only
Karas Kustoms Fountain K Barrel Only
blackbluebrasscoppergoldgreengreyorangepurpleredmore
Only £38.00 inc VAT £31.67 ex VAT
Tachikawa Comic Nib Fountain Pen
Tachikawa Comic Nib Fountain Pen Firm nibbed manga drawing fountain pen
blackbrown
Only £8.55 inc VAT £7.13 ex VAT
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Black
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Black Stylish, understated metal fountain pen
grey
Only £96.00 inc VAT £80.00 ex VAT
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Brass
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Brass Stylish, understated metal fountain pen
brass
Only £96.00 inc VAT £80.00 ex VAT
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Chrome
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Chrome Stylish, understated metal fountain pen
silver
Only £96.00 inc VAT £80.00 ex VAT
LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Black
LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Black Stylish, understated mini metal fountain pen
grey
Only £72.00 inc VAT £60.00 ex VAT
LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Brass
LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Brass Stylish, understated mini metal fountain pen
brass
Only £72.00 inc VAT £60.00 ex VAT
LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Chrome
LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Chrome Stylish, understated mini metal fountain pen
silver
Only £72.00 inc VAT £60.00 ex VAT
Monami Olika Fountain Pen Fine
Monami Olika Fountain Pen Fine
blackblueblue-blackgreenlight-greenorangepurpleredyellow
Only £3.49 inc VAT £2.91 ex VAT 10% off
Monami Olika Fountain Pen Extra-Fine
Monami Olika Fountain Pen Extra-Fine
blackblueblue-blackgreenlight-greenorangepurpleredyellow
Only £3.49 inc VAT £2.91 ex VAT 10% off
Helix Oxford Metallics Premium Writing Set Silver Half RRP
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen White
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen White Sleek, streamlined metal fountain pen in a range of bright colours, part of the classic 849 collection
white
Only £44.95 inc VAT £37.46 ex VAT £50.00 inc VAT £41.67 ex VAT Save £5.05 inc VAT £4.21 ex VAT 10% off
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Black
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Black Sleek, streamlined metal fountain pen in a range of bright colours, part of the classic 849 collection
black
Only £44.95 inc VAT £37.46 ex VAT £50.00 inc VAT £41.67 ex VAT Save £5.05 inc VAT £4.21 ex VAT 10% off
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Sapphire
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Sapphire Sleek, streamlined metal fountain pen in a range of bright colours, part of the classic 849 collection
blue
Only £44.95 inc VAT £37.46 ex VAT £50.00 inc VAT £41.67 ex VAT Save £5.05 inc VAT £4.21 ex VAT 10% off
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Fluorescent Pink
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Fluorescent Pink Sleek, streamlined metal fountain pen in a range of bright colours, part of the classic 849 collection
pink
Only £44.95 inc VAT £37.46 ex VAT £50.00 inc VAT £41.67 ex VAT Save £5.05 inc VAT £4.21 ex VAT 10% off
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Fluorescent Orange
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Fluorescent Orange Sleek, streamlined metal fountain pen in a range of bright colours, part of the classic 849 collection
orange
Only £44.95 inc VAT £37.46 ex VAT £50.00 inc VAT £41.67 ex VAT Save £5.05 inc VAT £4.21 ex VAT 10% off
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Fluorescent Yellow
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Fluorescent Yellow Sleek, streamlined metal fountain pen in a range of bright colours, part of the classic 849 collection
yellow
Only £44.95 inc VAT £37.46 ex VAT £50.00 inc VAT £41.67 ex VAT Save £5.05 inc VAT £4.21 ex VAT 10% off
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Yellow Green
Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Yellow Green Sleek, streamlined metal fountain pen in a range of bright colours, part of the classic 849 collection
green
Only £44.95 inc VAT £37.46 ex VAT £50.00 inc VAT £41.67 ex VAT Save £5.05 inc VAT £4.21 ex VAT 10% off
Cleo Skribent Classic Metal Piston Fountain Pen Black
Cleo Skribent Classic Metal Piston Fountain Pen Black Beautifully lightweight piston-filling fountain pen
black
Only £98.00 inc VAT £81.67 ex VAT
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Black
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Black Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
black
Only £97.00 inc VAT £80.83 ex VAT
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Red
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Red Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
red
Only £97.00 inc VAT £80.83 ex VAT
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Green
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Green Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
green
Only £97.00 inc VAT £80.83 ex VAT
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Blue
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Blue Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
turquoise
Only £97.00 inc VAT £80.83 ex VAT
Diplomat Magnum Fountain Pen Pearl White Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Magnum Fountain Pen Crow Black Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Magnum Fountain Pen Indigo Blue Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Magnum Fountain Pen John Doe Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
black
Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Green Fountain Pen Gold Trim Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Green Fountain Pen Gold Trim Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Guilloche Chrome Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Guilloche Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
silver
Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Marrakesh Chrome Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Marrakesh Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
brown
Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Blue Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Blue Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
blue
Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Red Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Red Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
red
Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen with Gold Trim Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen with Gold Trim Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
black
Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Chrome Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Guilloche Stripes Chrome Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Guilloche Stripes Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
silver
Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Green Fountain Pen Chrome Trim Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Excellence A2 Green Fountain Pen Chrome Trim Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
green
Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A Plus Rhomb Guilloch Black Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Fountain Pen Red Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Fountain Pen Blue Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Factory Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Factory Fountain Pen Raw aluminium finish for the zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
silver
Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Aero Orange Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Orange Fountain Pen Dark orange version of the award-winning zeppelin-inspired Aero
orange
Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Aero Black Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Metallic Brown Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Metallic Brown Fountain Pen Zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
brown
Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Aero Matt Silver Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Aero Matt Silver Fountain Pen Zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
silver
Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Traveller Flame Fountain Pen Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Light Blue Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Orange Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Orange Slender-barrelled pen in contemporary colours
orange
Only £49.00 inc VAT £40.83 ex VAT
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Green Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Green Slender-barrelled pen in contemporary colours
green
Only £49.00 inc VAT £40.83 ex VAT
Diplomat Traveller Fountain Pen Stainless-Steel Gold Trim Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Traveller Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Diplomat Traveller Fountain Pen Black Lacquer Free Traveller ballpoint with £60 spend
Faber-Castell Grip 2010 Fountain Pen Blue 20% off
Faber-Castell Grip 2010 Fountain Pen Pink 20% off
Faber-Castell Grip 2010 Fountain Pen Turquoise 20% off
Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Fountain Pen Black 20% off
Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Fountain Pen Blue 20% off
Faber-Castell Grip 2011 Fountain Pen Silver 20% off
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Sequin Blue Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Sequin Blue Classically luxurious fountain pen to complement a classically luxurious car
blue
Only £350.00 inc VAT £291.67 ex VAT
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Tungsten Grey Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Tungsten Grey Classically luxurious fountain pen to complement a classically luxurious car
grey
Only £350.00 inc VAT £291.67 ex VAT
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen White Satin Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen White Satin Classically luxurious fountain pen to complement a classically luxurious car
white
Only £350.00 inc VAT £291.67 ex VAT
Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Fountain Pen Ebony Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Black Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Black Fountain pen with textured barrel and platinum-plated fittings
black
Only £280.00 inc VAT £233.33 ex VAT 4% off
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Chevron Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Cognac Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Cognac Fountain pen with textured barrel and platinum-plated fittings
brown
Only £280.00 inc VAT £233.33 ex VAT 4% off
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Rhodium Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Cisele Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Cisele Beautiful new design from Graf von Faber-Castell
black
Only £340.00 inc VAT £283.33 ex VAT 4% off
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Cisele Grey Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Tamitio Calligraphy Set Black Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Anello Fountain Pen Grenadilla Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Anello Fountain Pen Ivory Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2009 Free notebook with £125 GvFC spend
Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen
Kaweco Supra Fountain Pen Stunning extendable solid brass fountain pen
gold
Only £84.95 inc VAT £70.79 ex VAT 4% off
Kaweco Special Fountain Pen Brass
Kaweco Special Fountain Pen Brass Stunning brass fountain pen which will age beautifully over time
brass
Only £91.00 inc VAT £75.83 ex VAT
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Old Chambray
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Old Chambray Entry-level fountain pen from Kaweco
blueturquoisewhite
Only £15.00 inc VAT £12.50 ex VAT
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Bad Taste
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Bad Taste Entry-level fountain pen from Kaweco
blackpink
Only £15.00 inc VAT £12.50 ex VAT
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Indian Summer
Kaweco Perkeo Fountain Pen Indian Summer Entry-level fountain pen from Kaweco
blackyellow
Only £15.00 inc VAT £12.50 ex VAT
Kaweco Skyline Classic Sport Calligraphy Fountain Pen White