How to Choose a Fountain Pen


Whether you spend your day signing company checks or taking notes in meetings, a fountain pen can make your writing more enjoyable. Since fountain pens are costlier than pens you can buy in bulk at a discount store, you will experience higher-quality writing. Also, these pens come in a range of attractive styles, which will complement your look, whether you carry it in your pocket or portfolio.

  • Try out different-sized nibs. The nib is the writing point of the fountain pen and comes in a variety of sizes that affect how the pen writes. An extra-fine nib works well for someone who writes small; a larger nib, like a medium or bold nib, is preferable for someone who writes larger letters. Trying out different nib sizes will help you understand which style works best for your handwriting.

  • Consider the type of metal you want. Fountain pens come at a variety of price points, depending on the type of metal you choose. Common pen metals include gold, silver and rhodium. Look at different pen metals, and decide which one satisfies your tastes and budget.

  • Look into how you can refill the pen. Some fountain pens use plastic refills, while others use a piston system. Plastic refills are easier to replace, so if you plan to use the pen regularly, choose one that requires these inexpensive refills.

  • Test pens of different weights and thicknesses. How well the fountain pen fits in your hand is a key factor to consider. A thicker, heavier pen might work well for a man with large hands, while a petite woman might prefer a slender, lightweight fountain pen. Choose the one a pen that feels most comfortable.

Tips & Warnings

  • Visit a pen store or stationery store to try out different styles and sizes.
  • As of November 2010, a fountain pen cost about $100 and up.

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