It might be seem counterintutive, but tech enthusiasts have an affinity for fountain pens. Their precision, delight in all things mechanical, and propensity to be a tad exacting lends itself to delight in these old school writing instruments. If they haven’t discovered them yet, you’ll be surprised by how quickly they take to the hobby. Like a duck to water. Or a coder to energy drinks.
For them, details matter. From the amount of memory and the size of the hard drive, to speed of the processor, and power of their graphics cards, they know that particular components have their advantages. With that in mind, when looking for their perfect fountain pen, evaluate the weight and balance, the grip section, and smoothness of the nib. We’ve put together a selection of fountain pens, ink, and paper that will surprise and delight the most determined technophile.
The entry level pen for Visconti, the Rembrandt is made in Italy with acute attention to detail and the beauty that goes along with it. Equipped with a smooth-writing steel nib, they are classically understated with an undeniable appeal. They are basic without being boring, classy without being ostentatious, and come with a warranty to boot! If your beloved technophile is into luxury brands, this could be the perfect place to start.
You can find the Visconti Rembrandt in 6 fantastic colors at GouletPens.com for $165.
The clickable nib on the Pilot Vanishing Point will get you writing faster than the speed of a processor! Ok, that might be stretching it a little, but fast ideas require fast writing instruments. The exquisite engineering and smoothness of the 18kt gold nib will transform your screen-loving friend into an analog enthusiast in no time.
The Pilot Vanishing Point Black Matte is offered for $148 at GouletPens.com
A Goulet exclusive, the Conklin Nighthawk was created with minimalism in mind. Made of woven carbon fiber, each pen is equipped with a black Goulet nib, and hand tested in house for a smooth writing experience every time. The subtlety of this pen goes hand in hand with its sublime writing.
The Conklin Nighthawk is offered in nib sizes Extra-fine to 1.1mm stub for $99.
The Delta Unica Matte Black will never get in the way of inspiration. Equipped with a Fine or Medium nib, each writing instrument is crafted from unique hand-made materials. Accented with gunmetal colored trim, this is a pen that will let them get their ideas out while not drawing attention to their writing.
Find the Delta Unica in Matte Black at GouletPens.com for $76.
The engineer in your life will appreciate the inner workings of the TWSBI Diamond 580. A clear demonstrator, you can see the piston mechanism at work when filling your fountain pen. Each pen comes with a wrench and instructions on how to take it apart for easier cleaning. It’s the tinkerer’s dream pen!
The TWSBI Diamond 580 comes in multiple nib sizes and colors for $50-60 depending on the type.
Released just this year, the Lamy LX Palladium is named for the precious metal. With a grip section designed for comfort and a smooth-writing black nib, this is a pen that was created for the serious writer in mind.
The Lamy LX Palladium comes in four sizes and is available for $56.
7. Lamy CP1
The thin cylindrical body of the Lamy CP1 is ideal for the understated. It comes with a sprung, axle mounted clip made of solid stainless steel, for easy clipping to your pocket or notebook. It is fitted with the German-made and swappable Lamy nib which is known throughout the fountain pen community for its smooth writing experience.
Pick up a Lamy CP1 in nib sizes Extra-fine to Medium at GouletPens.com for $56.
8. Pilot Kakuno
If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, it’s hard to beat the Pilot Kakuno fountain pen. These pens are lightweight and seem to float along in your hand while the nib glides across the page. The grip section has a subtle triangle to it, making them incredibly comfortable in hand and easy to control. The nib also smiles cheekily up at you as you write!
One of our most affordable fountain pen offerings, Daiso fountain pens come in a two pack pairing including one Silver and one White. Small in stature and lightweight, they write well for a pen at this price point. Pick up a set and give a fountain pen to two friends!
Daiso fountain pens come in a two-pack for $10.
When choosing the right paper for your technophile, keep in mind what you are getting for your money. While every notebook we carry at Goulet Pens has fountain pen friendly paper, the size, shape, and binding are details that will matter.
Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks come in a variety of shapes and sizes, ideal for planning out complex projects or taking simple notes. Because they all feature a spiral binding, they fold back flat for easy back page writing. The paper in all the notebooks is extremely fountain pen friendly and comes in a variety of rulings, including graph.
At GouletPens.com, Maruman Mnemosyne notebooks range from $2 up to $13.
Benjamin Franklin said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Set them up for success with a Leuchtturm1917 Planner! It comes in A5 size, ideal for throwing in a bag when you’re on the go. Offered in eleven colors, including basic black, each planner contains 144 pages of fountain pen friendly paper. With seven days to a page on the left, a section for notes on the right and a project planning section, these planners will keep them on track and organized for the next year.
Pick up a Leuchtturm1917 2017 Weekly Planner, currently on sale for $18.85.
Offered in both A5 and pocket sizes, Rhodia Webnotebooks come with some of the best paper around. The A5 size comes in lined, dot grid, and graph, giving your techy a few choices. With 90g Clairefontaine paper, a bookmark, and an elastic band closure, these cult notebooks are sure to please the pickiest writer.
Pick up your Rhodia Webnotebook in A5 for $19.95 or in Pocket for $13.95.
What do Mark Twain, George Lucas, and Charles Darwin all have in common? They all carried pocket notebooks! If you are full of big ideas, try a Traveler’s Notebook. It pairs a durable leather cover with removable notebooks, great for on-the-go writing. Whether on the trail, in the grocery store, or at the airport, give them a space to write down those spur of the moment great ideas.
The Traveler’s Notebook in Black is offered in A5 size for $57.40 or in Passport size for $50.20.
Noodler’s Black is our best-selling ink, and with good reason! Well behaved and waterproof, it’s a no nonsense type of ink that will work well in a plethora of fountain pens. Offered in several sizes, this might be the only ink you’ll ever need.
If you don’t have a say in the quality of paper you are using, Noodler’s Heart of Darkness is a great ink option. It is a true black with no shading whatsoever.
Overwhelmed by ink choices? Let us do the choosing for you! Our Random Ink Sample Set has eight different ink samples, picked at random by our trusty fulfillment team. Who knows? You could discover a new favorite ink.
Pick up a Random Ink Sample Set for $9.
Let them fill their fountain pens with a collection of our most popular waterproof black inks! If black ink is all they need, this ink sample package will let them explore their options before committing to a whole bottle.
The Ink Sample Package- Waterproof Black set is available at GouletPens.com for $10.74.
Give them the gift of organization! Whether they are working on a big project or just keeping their day to day life together, this set will help them keep it all on track and organized. With an Official Leuchtturm1917 Bullet Journal, a Lamy Al-Star in Black, and a set of Lamy Black cartridges, this is the perfect set to get them started!
Find the Bullet Journaling “Official” Package Set for $59.95 at GouletPens.com.
The Fountain Pen Newbie set has an understated appeal that will make any technophile happy. It combines a Pilot Metropolitan in Plain Black, a Rhodia No. 16 Dotpad, and a bottle of Noodler’s Black ink. At a great price point, this set will get them ready to write!
The Fountain Pen Newbie Package Set is available at GouletPens.com for $29.90.
Some might find black basic, but this set is anything but! Pairing a Leuchtturm1917 A5 Notebook of your choice, with a Lamy Al-Star in Black, and a pack of Lamy Black cartridges.
Pick up your Black Package Set for $59.95 at GouletPens.com.
Whatever their technology of choice, an expertly engineered fountain pen will make a wonderful and helpful accessory. If you liked anything you’ve seen here, be sure to peruse our Shopping Guide!
Do you love tech gadgets and fountain pens? Which is your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!
The Goulet Pen Company Team