The 10 Hottest Fountain Pens of 2016

Hey pen friends! It’s that time of year when we look back on all the great things that happened this past year. There were a ton of new products released throughout 2016, so it was tough to narrow it down to our favorite 10, but here we go…..



10. Namiki Maki-e fountain pens

When we started this business just over seven years ago, we never dreamed we’d be able to sell such beautiful pens of this caliber, but here we are. The craftsmanship that goes into creating each of these pens is something that resonates deeply within us.

9. Montegrappa Fortuna in Copper Mule

Complete with a matching copper mug, this pen really picked up on a trend — or rather, two trends: Moscow Mules drinks, and copper pens. This was truly the year of metal pens, and people really seem to enjoy the personalization that the copper patina creates. Available in fine through broad nibs.

8. Visconti Rembrandt Special Ops

This pen was super hot when it came out earlier this year. Featuring a unique olive green body paired with a stealthy black nib and trim, you guys definitely dug this one. It pairs really nicely with the Army Green color of the Leuchtturm1917 notebooks that also came out this year.

7. Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo

We had been waiting for years for this pen model to be available in the US market, and 2016 was finally our year. Essentially a slimmer version of the  clickable Vanishing Point, the Decimo comes in several beautiful elegant muted colors.

6. Delta Unica Matte Black

A matte black body with black trim, this Goulet exclusive was released towards the beginning of the year and we had trouble keeping it in stock! It’s clear the matte black stealthy pen trend is still going strong. Available in fine and medium nibs, or swap out for another favorite #6 size nib.

5. Karas Kustoms

While this brand isn’t new for 2016, it was certainly new to Goulet. We were proud to start carrying the Fountain K and Ink fountain pens at the start of this past year, and you all have definitely been responding well to the colorful metal patterns. The customization feature, to be able to mix/match your grip to your body, is something really special with these.

4. Conklin Nighthawk

Another Goulet exclusive, these stealthy pens have been flying off our shelves and into your shopping carts. We were excited to introduce this matte black carbon fiber pen a few weeks ago, all decked out with matching black trim and our Goulet black nib. The first 500 are numbered, but are going fast!

3. Pilot Kakuno

This cute little pen was new to the US this year, after years of waiting! Another affordable entry-level pen from Pilot, the standout feature is the adorable steel nib with a smiling face (medium) or a winking face (fine).

2. Edison Nouveau Premiere in Water Lily (Spring edition)

Edison Nouveau Premiere - Water Lily

We’ve collaborated with Edison to release a special edition Premiere every season for the last 3+ years, and this spring’s edition certainly got the town talking. The Water Lily (pictured at the bottom) material, or as it was affectionately known on social media as “Unicorn Barf”, was one of our most popular to date. This is a tease, of course, because it’s no longer available. Guess you’ll just have to see what 2017 brings!

1. Lamy Safari in Dark Lilac

While not a new pen model, the color was probably the most anticipated special edition color ever. The Lamy Safari has been around for over 20 years, with a variety of standard colors and a new special edition every year, but there had never been a purple. Until 2016. The dark matte finish with the black trim was just icing on the cake… really well done, Lamy, well done. We do still have fountain pens available, but the matching ink sold out months ago.

So there’s our list of our top 10 favorite new pens of 2016. Do you agree? What do you think is missing from our list?


Write On,
Rachel Goulet

2017-10-11T13:48:47+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Top 10 Lists|20 Comments
  • \///

    Lamy 1st? That’s the ugliest pens list ….

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Maybe the purple isn’t for everyone. Haha. Those pens did create a huge stir this year though! I think they definitely deserve their spot simply for that reason. 🙂

      • ec

        I like the lilac color, but my white Safari is my least favorite pen. I even bought a different nib for it but it’s not much better. It doesn’t write well. I know I’m in the minority on this, though. Lots of people love them! I’m a Pilot Metropolitan fan myself.

    • Aquaria

      You’re definitely in the minority with that opinion, but to each his own.

  • Katherine Stewart

    What about a top (insert number here) of the hottest Inks of the year? 🙂

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Hmmmm… that’s an interesting idea too! What would make your list, Katherine?

      • Tom Johnson

        I would put the Lamy Dark Lilac and some of the new Diamine Shimmertastic inks on a “top inks of 2016” list. Probably Diamine Moon Dust.

      • Aquaria

        Lamy Dark Lilac has to be on the list. I suspect that even Lamy was taken aback by its success, so they may be considering making that one available again in the future..

        Another year, another J Herbin 1670 ink to drool over. Carob de Chypre was a real winner.

        Diamine had their new Shimmertastic colors. Caramel Sparkle and Magenta Flash get a lot of love. Personally, I liked Enchanted Ocean, but that’s me. Let’s hope that the new colors aren’t so hard on pens as some of the previous editions have been.

        The unveiling of a new inkster on the block, Robert Oster, created a lot of buzz in the FP community, and Deep Sea, Emerald and Purple Rock were among the most popular colors in that line.

        Edelstein Aquamarine would have to be in the running.

        Sailor Rikyu-cha in the Jentle Four Seasons line did very well. I didn’t care for it, but a lot of people really loved it.

        Montblanc’s Shakespeare Velvet Red turned a lot of heads, too.

      • Katherine Stewart

        Some of mine would have to be Oxford Blue, Robert Oster Graphite, Diamine Blue Pearl and Pelikan Edelstein Aquamarine.

        • ec

          Definitely Blue Pearl. I’ve used several of the Diamine shimmer inks, and in my experience Blue Pearl has the most consistent shimmer. So far, its shimmer has shown every time I’ve written with it on decent paper. I have it in a silver Pilot Metropolitan with a Plumix M stub nib. (Do gently shake or rotate the pen every little bit to keep the shimmer mixed.)

  • Tom Johnson

    I think these are great choices, thanks Rachel. Some are beyond my budget, but I sure do love looking at them and watching their videos – I can dream can’t I? I can see why the Dark Lilac was #1. Safari pens have a large fan base, and for years these fans have been crying for a purple Safari! They finally got it, and I got one too. I also got the Conklin Nighthawk, a Karas Kustoms Fountain K, a Pilot Decimo, the Delta Journal (not the Unica, but similar), and my first Nouveau Premier – Arctic Currents. Pens that I would consider adding to this list: Tactile Turns Gist (love this pen) and the Delta Journal (ditto). The Montegrappa Copper Mule may have nudged me toward getting my Gist copper pen. The Lamy LX and the Namiki silver pens caught my attention too and could go on a top pen list. Wow, 2016 was a year for a lot of new striking pens at Goulet Pen Co.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      Those are some great pens, Tom! I’m glad I could nudge you into adding the nighthawk to that list 😉

      • Tom Johnson

        That’s right, you did!! I was on a knife edge and you gently tapped me on the back and I fell toward the Nighthawk. Thank you so much, I love that pen. Now, will you be there to nudge me in March? Toward something made of burnished gold?

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          Haha you bet! If I start saving my pennies now, maybe we can even take the plunge together and be pen twins! I like that plan. 😉

  • TJ Zidaroff

    I would love to see you carrying more American made pens; Bexley, Gate City, Franklin Christoph, Newton, etc.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      I will definitely pass this along, TJ. Thanks!

  • Kathy

    I believe the Tactile Turn should be on the list. I LOVE this pen. It would make my top 10 list of the over 300 pens I have. I agree with TJ below, too. I wish you would carry more US made pens. There are some good brands out there!

  • I am all about the nib now. I love stub nibs because I can get the variation without the fuss of the flex. I wish more pens offered the stub — 1.0 to 1.5.

    • ec

      I love stubs too!

  • Starchix

    Lamy Safari in Dark Lilac! I was totally smitten, the minute I saw it, and I ordered the next minute. I love the color, but also the slightly grainy (i.e. not ‘shiny’) texture — much like the dark charcoal Safari that is my top everyday workhorse pen. I have several purple inks, so didn’t bother with the Lamy matching version. I don’t know if you will do a Top 10 Ink list, but I would add ‘my top ink loss in 2016’ which was the entire Private Reserve line. They have been my absolute favorite for years and years. I really mourn their loss! Cadillac Green, Tanzanite, Ebony Black and others. Where will I find substitutes?! 🙁