Luckily, at Goulet Pens, we offer a world of different fountain pen options. If you are looking to get out of your old writing zone and experience something new, try changing your writing instrument! We've put together a collection of 10 options, sure to spice up your writing experience. Who knows? You may even find a new favorite!
Extra-Fine: Pilot Vanishing Point (EF)
|Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Ku-Jaku|
The retractable nib on the VP lends itself perfectly for everyday writing, especially short, quick notes or memos. Additionally, it comes in a variety of color choices and even has swappable nib units if you want to try a broader nib eventually. You can find the Pilot Vanishing Point in a variety of colors at GouletPens.com starting at $148.
Broad: TWSBI Eco (Broad)
|Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-budo|
With the benefits also comes a few drawbacks. Combining a wet nib with absorbent paper can result bleed through or feathering, but if you're using a paper that can handle the ink, you'll get some great color variation (especially with shimmering inks). At GouletPens.com, you can grab a TWSBI Eco for just under $29.
Dip Pens: J. Herbin Glass Dip Pens
|Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Shin-Kai|
The glass dip pens work because they are fluted, meaning they have grooves in the tip that holds the ink when you dip the pen into the ink. When putting the tip to paper, capillary action draws the ink down the grooves and onto the paper, leaving a mark. Because of this, you may need to turn the pen in your hand as you're writing to get a groove to touch the paper.
Glass dip pens are great for ink sampling! Additionally, if you are in a hurry and don't want to ink up an entire pen, you can still write a message. All in all, they give you a pretty stiff writing experience that might have some tooth to it. You can pick one up at GouletPens.com for around $25.
Brush Pens: Platinum Brush Pens
|Ink: Pelikan Edelstein Mandarin|
Clearly not meant for signing documents, the Platinum brush pens excels in creative ventures like drawing or calligraphy. Ranging from $40-$65, these are must try for any creative types out there.
Italic Nib: Aurora Ipsilon (1.2mm Italic)
|Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Yama-Guri|
The benefits of using this italic nib is you can get very crisp line variation. The cross stroke will be thin while the down stroke will be wide, creating clear line variation in your writing. We offer this pen at GouletPens.com for just under $100.
Soft Nib: Pilot Falcon
|Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao|
Featured in a classic design and backed by fantastic quality control by Pilot Pens, the Falcon is a great pen if you're looking for a bit of line variation. Find it at GouletPens.com for $140.
Flex Nib: Noodler's Konrad/Nib Creaper
|Ink: Diamine Meadow|
As with most Noodler's pens, it may require some tinkering, like heat-setting the ebonite feed. Offered in the ballpark range of $20, these flex pens are worth giving a try!
Stub Nib: Pilot Metropolitan (1.0mm Stub)
|Ink: J. Herbin Emerald of Chivor 1670 Anniversary Ink|
Because it's more forgiving on the pen rotation, this is a more reasonable everyday carry. If you're familiar with the stub nib on the Pilot Plumix or Prera, it writes very similarly to that. Offered at GouletPens.com for $15, this is an affordable option to spice up your writing.
Thin Stub: Nemosine Singularity (0.6mm Stub)
|Ink: Noodler's Army Green|
With this nib, you can even produce some 'faux-calligraphy'. You don't really have to change your writing style, but the nib will produce line variation that gives off that impression. The Goldilocks of nibs, the Nemosine Singularity can be found at GouletPens.com and is yours for under $25.
Thick 'Stub': Pilot Parallel
|Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-Peki|
For another trick, check out this GPC video that shows you can blend 2 ink colors by touching the tips of 2 Parallel pens. Grab these pens that offer a unique writing experience at an affordable price. Purchase them individually for $10 or get the whole set for $32 GouletPens.com.
What pen offers your favorite unique writing experience? Let us know in the comments below!
The Goulet Pen Company Team