Back to School: Middle & High School Edition

Our team loves hearing from middle and high schools students interested in fountain pens! Most of us at didn’t know about fountain pens when we were in school, but we sure wish we had. There are tons of advantages to using a fountain pen. They’re fun, economical, and they keep your hand from cramping while writing!

If you’re heading back to middle or high school this Fall, or you’re a parent or friend of someone who is, check out our list of recommendations below.



  • Platinum Preppy, $3.95-$4.98
    • The Preppy is great for someone just getting into fountain pens. Its inexpensive price makes it great to keep at school or in your backpack. 

  •  Pilot Metropolitan, $15
    • The Pilot Metropolitan is easily one of the best pens for its price. If you’re in middle or high school, you should definitely consider the Metropolitan! It’s $15, but this is one pen you’ll hang on to for a while. 

  • Kaweco Ice Sport, $25-$27
    • The size of this pen makes it ideal for students on the go. Maybe you’re heading to work right after school? Keep this fountain pen in your pocket and use it at school and at work! If you’re not into the clear barrel, check out the other styles from Kaweco.

  • Jinhao Shimmering Sands, $9.90
    • Looking for a pen that stands out? Grab the Jinhao shimmering sands! The multi-colored sparkles are definitely going to grab some attention. 


  • Noodler’s X-Feather, $12.50
    • You might not always be using the best paper while at school, so try inking up with Noodler’s X-Feather. You’ll find this ink performs well on all kinds of paper.

  • Diamine Apple Glory, $14.95
    • This ink is smooth, wet and easy to clean. And the bright green color will help make your note-taking more enjoyable!

  • De Atramentis Lilac, $11
    • Want a bright ink that looks and smells good? Try this beautiful purple that has a lovely lilac scent. 


We’d love to know what fountain pens, ink and paper you’re planning to use this school year. Let us know in the comments below!

Write on, 
The Goulet Pen Company Team

2017-10-12T15:35:18+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Shopping Guides|20 Comments
  • Rob

    I’d add the Lamy Safari to the list. The material is almost indestructible, nibs are interchangeable, and it has an ink window.

    • Madigan

      Good call, Rob! That would definitely be a great pen to add to the list. πŸ™‚

  • Andrew

    Well, as a rising ninth grader, I plan on using mainly my Waterman Laureat, but also my Delta Unica, Preppy, and Sheaffer Manuscript. In terms of ink, I’ll probably use mostly X-feather and J. Herbin Γ‰clat de Saphir; obviously, that could change, I really like J. Herbin Larme de Cassis when used in the super wet nib of my Unica. For me, the only good paper options are the super-cheap-for-fountain-pen-paper Clairefontaine staplebounds. I mean, come on: 48 sheets of Clairefontaine paper, a4 sized, for 5 dollars; that can’t be beat.

    • Emily

      Andrew, I just graduated from college and I’m really jealous I didn’t start at your age. I started my senior year at college and I can’t believe I didn’t convert before! I really like X-Feather too; it’s a great shade of black for my use and I can use whatever paper (mostly) I have lying around. Clairefontaine notebooks are what I used last year for all my classes.

    • Kathy

      Andrew, you are doing this the right way…a cheapie and some good pens. I started using fountain pens when I learned to write, and have never looked back. They provide a far superior writing experience and there are so many neat options in pens and ink. You sound like an experienced user, and that is delightful to see in a rising ninth grader. Best of luck in your studies this year!

    • legitimate33

      You can fly through a couple hundred pages pretty quick in some classes, so for me it makes more sense to use an extra fine nib with the cheap $1 notebooks from Walmart and Target.

    • Madigan

      Hi Andrew! Fantastic points. You have some really great pens! Γ‰clat de Saphir would have made a great addition to this list. πŸ™‚

  • Tom Johnson

    Good selection here. My thought is to add the Platinum Plaisir pens – a metal cap and barrel version of the Preppy. It would take more abuse without breaking. You can argue that the Preppies are so cheap you could get 5 of them for the price of the Plaisir pen. Always have at least one backup (or two or three). I love these collection themes, so well thought out.

    • Kathy

      Can’t stress the backup enough, Tom. Some cartridges/converters seem like the gasoline tanks in our cars….the first “half” of the tank holds more than the second “half!”

    • Madigan

      Hey Tom! Definitely a good call on the Plaisir- it could take a little more knocking around than a Preppy. Backups are essential! πŸ™‚

  • legitimate33

    I use plain black G2s for work I have to turn in and a TWSBI 580 for notes (Lost Safari cap on the first day, Metro is uncomfortable for writing).

    • Madigan

      Awesome legitimate33! Thanks for sharing!! πŸ™‚

  • JJ

    I'm using a Clairefontaine clothbound graph with a TWSBI Mini M loaded with J. Herbin Lierre Sauvage. My favorite green I've found that is still appropriate for school/professional use.

  • John Smith

    As a left handed rising 8th grader, I will be using a Lamy Safari as my primary black (inked with X feather for bad paper or Bernanke Black for good) with a Noodler’s Charlie inked with Sheaffer Skrip red for corrections. If the Lamy fails, I’ll have a Pilot Metropolitan inked up (with whatever the Lamy isn’t inked up with) as a secondary pen. I will write on a Leuchtturm1917 Master Lined.

  • Kevan Farmer

    I’m now in my 52nd year. I still keep hearing that the best days of one’s life are supposed to be the school years. I have to disagree but that’s a whole different story and not a pleasant one. However, despite my very forgettable school years I would actually love to be back there now if only to have the chance to use some of the really lovely and very tactile fountain pens that are now available at an incredible price. Back when I was school, 40 yrs ago we had to put up with some truly awful pens. Scratchy, leaky and just very horrible to use it was a displeasure to write. It’s only now, well the past decade or so, that I have rediscovered how wonderful it is to just write. It is a sheer pleasure with a decent pen and they don’t have to be expensive. I have about 4 different Lamy pens together with a Kaweko Sport that goes with me everywhere. I also have a really old Swan pen that dates pre 1920 and that too is a pleasure to write with. Ink wise I have yet to find a bad one. I have about 6 different colours of Parker Quink, Sailor bottles, a Noodlers violet colour and plenty of others. I love to use a fountain pen now and it’s so much easier on my early onset arthritic hands πŸ™‚

  • Davis Cruce

    Is there any decent 3 hole punched loose leaf paper, excluding the a4 clairfontaine?

  • Flame Feather

    Man I’m in middle school and I love fountain pens! The thing is I’m scared that some won’t let me use it in their class I have one out of five who said no (luckily its only an elective) but I swear next year will be worse…

    • Lydia At Goulet Pens

      What is their reasoning for saying no?

      • Flame Feather

        I don’t know but they just say so.

        • Lydia At Goulet Pens

          I’m sorry πŸ™ I hope they will come around soon. Maybe you can send them some of Brian’s videos about what makes fountain pens better to change their minds. πŸ˜‰