Top 8 Fountain Pens for College Grads

Cue in the pomp and circumstance, it’s graduation season! If you have a loved one about to take their first foray into the big, bad world of adulthood, make sure to equip them with the tools they need to succeed. Just as a business suit and proper shoes make an impression, so do the items you carry into an interview with you. First impressions can make or break a job interview, so help your graduate celebrate all their hard work by giving them something that will spark small talk and convey an aptitude for preparation, professionalism, and personality.

No matter what their major or future plans, a fountain pen is at once practical, useful, and perfect for any profession. Here are our Top 8 Recommendations, from package sets to pens, ideal for your graduate.

1. The Boardroom Boss

Lamy 2000 fountain pen, Diamine 1864 Blue Black ink, and Leuchtturm Notebook

This combo pairs a Lamy 2000 fountain pen with Diamine 1864 Blue Black ink and a Leuchtturm1917 Notebook. It’s the perfect combination to show both professionalism and personality. The fluid lines of the pen mimic the smoothness of the nib. When paired with a Leuchtturm 1917 notebook, it will glide effortlessly across the page, prepared with questions for the interviewee. Make sure you choose the paper properly suited for their chosen profession- blank for creative fields, graph for engineering, lined or dot grid for most anything else.

2. The Basic Black Set

Black Lamy Al-Star Fountain Pen, Noodler's Black Ink, and Rhodia Webnotebook

The Basic Black combination of products is understated, stylish, and sophisticated. The combination of a LAMY AL-Star Black with Noodler’s Black in and a Rhodia Webnotebook will work for any future professional. There is a reason that Noodler’s Black is our top selling ink- it’s a solid black ink that is incredibly well behaved and bulletproof. For anyone working in a serious environment, these are the tools that will help them get the job done.

3. The LAMY AL-Star and LAMY Notebook

For the savvy shopper, the LAMY AL-Star and LAMY Notebook are the perfect gifts for your graduate. The notebooks come in fun colors that perfectly match LAMY AL-Stars. The LAMY AL-Star is a classic workhorse that will get them through even the most difficult of internships.

4. Fountain Pen First-Timer Set

Is your graduate’s future rather open-ended? Give them the space they need to plan and dream with the Fountain Pen First-Timer set. This set combines a Rhodia No. 16 Dotpad, a box of Pilot Namiki Black Ink Cartridges, and a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop fountain pen in black.

5. The Bullet Journaler

Does your graduate need help getting it all together? Give them the Bullet Journaling Starter Set in medium or large to help them get kick-started on planning for their future. If you’re not familiar with the system, check out Ryder Carroll’s website or Kara Benz of Bohoberry. The Bullet Journaling system is entirely customizable. Choose a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop in their favorite color, a Leuchtturm1917 Notebook to match, and a practical pack of cartridges.

6. Visconti Rembrandt 

Visconti Rembrandt

Give your favorite graduate the gift of confidence. If the pen is mightier than the sword, outfit them for the battle of business with a pen made to win the war. The Visconti Rembrandt exudes a refined sensibility, as well as an appreciation for culture. It is available in several colors to match any future endeavor.

8. Match a Fountain Pen and Ink to their Alma Mater

maroon and orange fountain pen, ink, and envelope with lollipops
If you want to give them something that celebrates their school, give them a pen and ink to match their colors. Use our Swab Shop or Pen Plaza to compare and contrast pens and ink across brands and colors. Bring their love for their Alma mater in a subtle way by pairing orange and maroon or blue and gold, or whatever their colors may be. We have hundreds of fountain pens and ink to choose from at
Did you receive a fountain pen as a gift for graduation? How have fountain pens improved your experience at work? Leave a comment below and let us know!
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The Goulet Pen Company Team