Back to School: College and Graduate Students Edition

On your way to college or grad school? Make sure you’re prepared with more than just that mini-fridge! With studies showing that handwriting contributes to better subject retention, you may want to substitute that laptop for a pen and paper. With all of the writing you’ll be doing- think endless pages of notes – a fountain pen or rollerball can be a real hand saver. We’ve got a line up of the perfect pen, paper, and ink suggestions to make this coming year your best yet!


  • Lamy AL-Star, $37.60
    • This pen is a great all around pen, but for a student it has particular advantages. These pens are lightweight, durable, and the nibs are swappable. They also come in a variety of colors, so you could match your pen with your school’s colors!

  • TWSBI Vac 700, $65-$79
    • Really any TWSBI would make a great writing instrument for use in class, but the ink capacity of the Vac 700 gives it the advantage. 

  • Cross Click, $25
    • Light, thin, and clickable, the Cross Click gives you a smooth writing
      experience without any fuss. Out of ink? Don’t worry! We’ve got rollerball refills

  • Platinum Preppy Highlighters, $2.95
    • Save money on highlighters by getting refillable ones! You can use cartridges or opt to convert your pen to an eyedropper.


  • Noodler’s Heart of Darkness, $19
    •  This is an all around great black ink. Permanent, dark, and wet, it writes well in a variety of pens. It comes in a 4.5oz bottle, which means it could be the only bottle you need!
  •  Private Reserve Midnight Blues – Fast Dry, $11
    • Since you’ll be taking copious amounts of notes rather quickly, a fast-dry ink will come in handy. Midnight Blues is a dark blue that is professional enough to turn into your professors, while still allowing for a bit of color variation.
  • Noodler’s Bernanke Blue, $12.50
    •  Another great fast-dry ink, but in a brighter color. This ink will allow you to write quickly while still bringing a bit of fun to a long lecture.
  • Waterman Audacious Red, $11
    • Even the best writers need a bit of editing. Audacious red will help point out those tricky spelling or grammar mistakes and organize those long term papers!

  • Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Pink, $21
    • Brighten up those long nights in the library as you highlight your textbooks! Noodler’s Dragon Catfish Pink comes in a 4.5oz bottle so you won’t have to worry about your highlighter running out anytime soon! Not a pink fan? Don’t worry! We have plenty of other fun highlighter inks available. 


  •  Classic Clairefontaine Wirebound Notebook, $5.50
    • The classic notebook but with high quality paper! 50 pages of beautifully lined paper are waiting to be filled. It also comes in a variety of colors, making it perfect to keep your subjects separated.

  • Rhodia No. 18 Notepad, $9
    • Taking math, science, or engineering? A dot pad is great place to write equations or draw complicated formulas!

  • Leuchtturm1917 Medium 2016 Weekly Planner & Notebook, $19.95
    •  Organization never looked so good! Keep your busy schedule neatly aligned in Leuchtturm’s beautiful weekly planner (coming later in August). It comes in a variety of fun colors and is very fountain pen friendly!

  •  Exacompta Index Cards, $8-$14
    •  Get studying with fountain pen friendly index cards!
      Available in a number of different sizes, Exacompta index cards are
      perfect for flash cards or engineering formula sheets.

We hope you have a fantastic year learning new and exciting things! What is your favorite note taking pen, ink, and paper combination?

Write on,
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-11T13:50:41+00:00 August 6th, 2015|Holiday Gift Guides|10 Comments
  • Mike

    Favorite combo for taking notes? Private Reserve Midnight Blues in a TWSBI Mini Classic I1.1mm stub) on a Leuchtturm 1917 6″x8.5″ dot-grid bound notebook.

  • conorcathey

    I just graduated college in June and my favorite combo was a Lamy 2000 EF inked with Noodler’s Black Eel on Rhodia staple bound notebooks.

    • Madigan

      That sounds like an awesome combination!! I wish I’d discovered fountain pens in college. 🙂

  • Kathy

    More great ideas! I wish you carried multi-subject notebooks. I have one from Rhodia that I use for various church meetings. Plus I used them a lot in college to keep from carrying several pads. The books were heavy enough, particularly once I got to law school. The Lamy Safari and AL-Star are just good, consistent, inexpensive pens. I love them and use them more than any other pen, I think. The ink capacity isn’t phenomenal, but it’s certainly adequate. Over all, just great suggestions!!!

    • Madigan

      Multi-subject notebooks would be a great addition to our notebook selection. Thanks for the suggestion! 🙂

  • Brendle Lau

    I’ve used disposable pilot fountain pens during my high school days as i have hand writing lessons since 9 years old way back in the 80 ‘s and 90’s ,Bic was not my ideal pen

    • Madigan

      Hi Brendle! Were you using Varsity pens? 🙂

      • Brendle Lau

        They looked very similar to the varsity but the pen body was black and brown 25 years ago.

  • ruby heard

    More great ideas!