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 Bailey Fountain Pen Black Lacquer 20% off
Cross Bailey Fountain Pen Red Lacquer 20% off
Cross Bailey Blue Lacquer Fountain Pen 20% off
Cross Botanica Purple Orchid Fountain Pen 20% off
Cross Botanica Purple Orchid Fountain Pen Stylish designs based on floral henna patterns
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Cross Botanica Red Hummingbird Vine Fountain Pen 20% off
Cross Botanica Red Hummingbird Vine Fountain Pen Stylish designs based on floral henna patterns
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Cross Botanica Green Daylily Fountain Pen 20% off
Cross Botanica Green Daylily Fountain Pen Stylish designs based on floral henna patterns
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Cross Century II Fountain Pen Lustrous Chrome 20% off
Cross Century II Fountain Pen Lustrous Chrome Wide-bodied classic in smooth polished chrome
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Cross Classic Century Fountain Pen Blue Lacquer 20% off
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Molten Lava Extra 10% off in basket
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Molten Lava Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
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Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Northern Lights Extra 10% off in basket
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Northern Lights Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
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Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Red Storm Extra 10% off in basket
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Red Storm Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
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Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Turquoise Ocean Extra 10% off in basket
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Turquoise Ocean Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
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Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Purple Mist Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
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Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Midnight Extra 10% off in basket
Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Midnight Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
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Manuscript ML 1856 Fountain Pen Oyster Mist Luxury fountain pen commemorating over 150 years of Manuscript
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Manuscript Deluxe Calligraphy Set Comprehensive selection of nibs, available in both left- and right-handed versions
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Manuscript Creative Calligraphy 5 Nib Set Extra 10% off in basket
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Conklin All American Fountain Pen Yellowstone Substantial, boldly-coloured American design
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Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Cracked Ice Extra 10% off in basket
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Conklin Duragraph Fountain Pen Amber Extra 10% off in basket
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Karas Kustoms Fountain K Customisable Fountain Pen Customisable fountain pen in metal
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Karas Kustoms Ink Customisable Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Karas Kustoms Ink Customisable Fountain Pen Customisable fountain pen in metal
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Karas Kustoms Fountain K Barrel Only Extra 10% off in basket
Karas Kustoms Fountain K Barrel Only
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Karas Kustoms Fountain K Grip Section Extra 10% off in basket
Karas Kustoms Ink Fountain Pen Barrel Only Extra 10% off in basket
Sailor Hi-Ace Neo Calligraphy Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Sailor Lecoule Collection Fountain Pen Pearl Extra 10% off in basket
Sailor Lecoule Collection Fountain Pen Morion Extra 10% off in basket
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Sailor Lecoule Collection Fountain Pen Rose Quartz Extra 10% off in basket
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Sailor Hi-Ace Neo Fountain Pen Black Extra 10% off in basket
Sailor Hi-Ace Neo Fountain Pen Red Extra 10% off in basket
Sailor Hi-Ace Neo Fountain Pen Blue Extra 10% off in basket
Tachikawa Comic Nib Fountain Pen
Tachikawa Comic Nib Fountain Pen Firm nibbed manga drawing fountain pen
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Only £8.55 inc VAT £7.13 ex VAT
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Black Extra 10% off in basket
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Black Stylish, understated metal fountain pen
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Only £96.00 inc VAT £80.00 ex VAT
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LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Brass Stylish, understated metal fountain pen
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LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Chrome Extra 10% off in basket
LOCLEN Evolution Fountain Pen Chrome Stylish, understated metal fountain pen
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Only £96.00 inc VAT £80.00 ex VAT
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LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Black Stylish, understated mini metal fountain pen
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LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Brass Stylish, understated mini metal fountain pen
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LOCLEN Tiny Fountain Pen Chrome Stylish, understated mini metal fountain pen
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Monami Olika Fountain Pen Fine Extra 10% off in basket
Monami Olika Fountain Pen Fine
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Monami Olika Fountain Pen Extra-Fine
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Helix Oxford Premium Writing Fountain Pen Rose Gold Free stationery with £10 spend
Helix Oxford Premium Writing Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Free stationery with £10 spend
Helix Oxford Premium Writing Fountain Pen Graphite Free stationery with £10 spend
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Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen White Free Chromatics cartridges
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Caran d'Ache 849 Metal Fountain Pen Yellow Green Free Chromatics cartridges
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
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Cleo Skribent Classic Metal Piston Fountain Pen Black Free felt pen case
Cleo Skribent Classic Metal Piston Fountain Pen Black Beautifully lightweight piston-filling fountain pen
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Cleo Skribent Classic Palladium Piston 14k nib Fountain Pen Black Free felt pen case
Cleo Skribent Classic Gold Piston 14k nib Fountain Pen Black Free felt pen case
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Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Black Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
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Only £97.00 inc VAT £80.83 ex VAT
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Red Free felt pen case
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Red Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
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Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Green Free felt pen case
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Green Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
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Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Blue Free felt pen case
Cleo Skribent Colour Fountain Pen Blue Sleek metal fountain pen with a metallic finish
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Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Green Fountain Pen Gold Trim Extra 10% off in basket
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 Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Guilloche Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Marrakesh Chrome Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Marrakesh Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Blue Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Blue Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Red Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Skyline Fountain Pen Red Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen with Gold Trim Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Black Lacquer Fountain Pen with Gold Trim Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Chrome Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
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 Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Guilloche Stripes Chrome Fountain Pen Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £200.00 inc VAT £166.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A2 Green Fountain Pen Chrome Trim Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Excellence A2 Green Fountain Pen Chrome Trim Cap closes with a 'soft sliding click' and features a robust sprung pocket clip
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Only £170.00 inc VAT £141.67 ex VAT
Diplomat Excellence A Plus Rhomb Guilloch Black Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Aero Factory Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Aero Factory Fountain Pen Raw aluminium finish for the zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
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Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Aero Orange Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Aero Orange Fountain Pen Dark orange version of the award-winning zeppelin-inspired Aero
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Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Aero Black Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Aero Metallic Brown Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Aero Metallic Brown Fountain Pen Zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
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Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Aero Matt Silver Fountain Pen Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Aero Matt Silver Fountain Pen Zeppelin-inspired Good Design award winner
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Only £160.00 inc VAT £133.33 ex VAT
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Light Blue Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Orange Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Orange Slender-barrelled pen in contemporary colours
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Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Green Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Traveller Lumi Fountain Pen Green Slender-barrelled pen in contemporary colours
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Only £49.00 inc VAT £40.83 ex VAT
Diplomat Traveller Fountain Pen Stainless Steel Extra 10% off in basket
Diplomat Traveller Fountain Pen Black Lacquer Extra 10% off in basket
Graf von Faber-Castell Heritage Fountain Pen Limited Edition Alexander Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Heritage Fountain Pen Limited Edition Ottilie Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Colours Fountain Pen Violet Blue Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Colours Fountain Pen Olive Green Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Colours Fountain Pen Burnt Orange Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Colours Fountain Pen Electric Pink Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Colours Fountain Pen Turquoise Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Sequin Blue Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Sequin Blue Classically luxurious fountain pen to complement a classically luxurious car
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Only £350.00 inc VAT £291.67 ex VAT
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Tungsten Grey Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen Tungsten Grey Classically luxurious fountain pen to complement a classically luxurious car
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Only £350.00 inc VAT £291.67 ex VAT
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen White Satin Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell For Bentley Fountain Pen White Satin Classically luxurious fountain pen to complement a classically luxurious car
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Only £350.00 inc VAT £291.67 ex VAT
Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Fountain Pen Ebony Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
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Graf von Faber-Castell Classic Fountain Pen Sterling Silver Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Black Extra 10% off plus free notebook with £100 GvFC spend
Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche Fountain Pen Black Fountain pen with textured barrel and platinum-plated fittings
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