Copper Pens Comparison

There are many great copper fountain pens on the market today, so how do
you choose the right one? Three of our favorites at Goulet Pens are the Karas Kustoms Ink, the Tactile Turn Gist, and the Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule.
All three are very striking workhorse pens that will look great for any writing project. Did you know that when left unpolished over a long period of time, a copper pen forms a patina from skin oils on the writer’s hands? Brian outlines defining specs and features that make these pens unique and shares why he’d recommend any of them for someone looking to pick up a copper pen in the Goulet Q&A slice below. Read on or check out the video to learn more!

Karas Kustoms Ink

This pen is very solid and weighs in at 118g overall. At 137.3mm long with a 9.5mm grip diameter, it is a substantial sized pen. Available for $200, the Karas Kustoms Ink is a great size if you have larger hands. It may not, however, be super comfortable for long writing because of the size and weight. The design of the pen is quite streamlined and sleek, so it will patina nicely and evenly. The Copper Fountain K ($130) is a great alternative that Brian prefers.

Tactile Turn Gist

The compact, textured Tactile Turn Gist is a great pocket pen with an intriguing design and comfortable grip that’s not slippery at all. The Copper Gist weighs in at 75.6g overall and is 128.5mm closed, but extends to a comfortable 152.6mm when posted to write. It features a continuous spiral cut throughout the body and cap of the pen that offers a visually appealing design element to the pen. At $139, it is also the most affordable option in this group of copper pens. However, the Gist is harder to polish because of the ribbed texture and is not quite as shiny as the other pens on this list to begin with due to the texture. Though what it lacks in shine, it makes up for in panache!

Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule

The Montegrappa Fortuna Copper Mule is definitely the showstopper among these copper pens. It features the most elegant design of the three pens on this list, offering a copper body enhanced with brushed stainless steel accents. This lovely two-tone look really appeals to Brian personally. The Copper Mule is the lightest of these pens, weighing in at just 53g for the entire pen. The Fortuna will develop a beautiful patina over time unless the included cloth is used for polishing. This pen may not be the best choice for someone on a budget and at $375, it tips the scales as the most expensive pen on our list. The brushed stainless steel accents could prove problematic for someone looking for that all-copper look as well, as they are pretty noticeable and break up the copper body. But for someone looking to splurge a bit on a show-stopping copper pen, the Copper Mule is the one for you. It also comes with a free copper mug!

Which copper pen catches your eye and captures your heart? Leave us a comment below.

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T02:00:33+00:00 April 13th, 2017|Pen Reviews|13 Comments
  • David L.

    I was looking into the Copper Mule just yesterday, though the price scared me off. I love that Karas Kustoms Ink!! I’ll have to get it!

  • Tom Johnson

    When the Tactile Turn Gist came out I had to have one and I selected it to be my first copper pen (and only so far). I love it and find the weight does not bother me at all, because of the way I hold the pen and write with my hand comfortably on the desk/table top. Its spiral groove is wonderfully tactile and feels great. My second choice would be the Karas Kustoms Fountain K. My anodized Fountain K is a favorite pen, and the copper version would be too. After a few weeks of polishing the copper Gist I elected to let it patina naturally. The weight of these pens would preclude my carrying one in a shirt pocket, but they are fine in one of my pen cases.

    • David L.

      Tom, those pens sound great! Would you recommend the Fountain K to a close friend? I’m interested in getting one.

      • Tom Johnson

        David,I do recommend them, I love mine. Only one drawback – selecting the color/finish!! Karas Kustoms has some really nice colors available. It feels great in my hand and I write quite well with it. Once I decided to get one it took me a while to select the color. I got the fine nib and it is perfect for most of my pen needs.

        • David L.

          I agree. Some pens have too many colors to choose just one. Which means I’ll be adding a few to my cart over time. Thanks for the info!

  • Samantha Crabtree

    A copper pen is next on my list! I liked the Copper Mule the most but the price is a little too much for me right now. Not sure I would like the tactile feeling of the Tactile Turn Gist. Since I like the look of the Copper Mule, I plan on getting the Fountain K with an aluminum grip.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      That’s a great alternative! 🙂

  • MP

    What about the Fountain K? To me that seems to be the good middle ground amongst all of these.

    • Tom Johnson

      MP, it is a good middle ground. I love my Fountain K pen. I think Brian mentions it in this video. The description above mentions the Fountain K as “a great alternative that Brian prefers.”

      • Kathy

        I much prefer the Fountain K…the Ink is just too dang heavy! It’s not a copper one, but my Tactile Turn is a favorite. Great pen and I love the feel of it.

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      The Ink and Fountain K kind of got lumped in together. Both are great pens though. 🙂

  • Cathy Taylor

    I think I really want to add the tactile copper to my collection. Could I use the .8 Nemosine nib in black with it? I think with the black clip and nib, I would thoroughly sell myself on its virtues:).

    • Andrew Dermott

      I use a Nemosine .6mm stuff in my Gist. Works great. I’ve been eyeballing the Reentry line, as well.
      The nib that shipped in my pen (Bock) was extremely dry, and prone to hard starting and skipping. Nemosine nice have been great.