Community Picks: Best Fountain Pens Under $100
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⚠️ UPDATE: View the results in the follow-up discussion here: https://www.massdrop.com/talk/2328/community-picks-top-10-best-fountain-pens-under-100
View the official poll results here:
https://www.massdrop.com/vote/Best-Fountain-Pens-Under-100
At Massdrop, we're driven by what the community thinks is best.
In Writing, one of the most popular product categories is fountain pens. So we want to create a discussion, and then a poll, specifically about what the community thinks are the very Best Fountain Pens Under $100.
HOW IT WORKS Now: Discuss what you think is the Best Fountain Pen Under $100 below. Wednesday, September 6th: We’ll create a poll with the top 10-20 products. Wednesday, September 13th: We’ll announce the pens with the highest votes.
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NOMINATE THE BEST FOUNTAIN PEN In the discussion below, tell us what YOU think the best fountain pen under $100 is and your reason why. We can have it on our site already, or it could be something that you’ve always wanted to see on Massdrop. We’ll gather all the nominations (and endorsements/likes) from the discussion and then we’ll be able to officially vote on the best ones.
COMMUNITY POLL On Wednesday, September 6th, we’ll create a poll with the top 10-20 suggestions and nominations from the discussion so we can get the final vote on what the community thinks are the best fountain pens. When the poll closes, we’ll highlight the top 5 fountain pens in a follow-up talk post.

Join the discussion and tell us what YOU think the
Best Fountain Pen Under $100 is and why.

thumb_upShao, MikeMD, and 14 others
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Jono2112
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Aug 9, 2018
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It’s about the nib! Both my TWSBI mini and eco and my first pen a Keweco Sport! If you can find one under $100 get a Sailor or Pilot. My Keweco was $25!
Aug 9, 2018
liam_cha
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Jul 9, 2018
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a sheaffer targa or parker 51/75 in great condition would be a really nice choice. But since here is the massdrop I guess that doesnt count. For the pens still producting, I would recommend pilot vanishing point if you are using it for meeting/ noting.
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If you like a more classic looking pen or do not like the clip on vanishing point, pilot 91/74 are also decent choices. The soft nib for them is really good, not too soft, but enough to provide a unique feedback.
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The reason both of my recommendation are Pilot is that there are really no reason to choose any pen other than a japanese pen at this price point. And the Pilot has the most durable point material around all the well known fountain pen companies. And one of the best quality control.
Jul 9, 2018
charlieego
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Sep 26, 2018
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猹..
Sep 26, 2018
DeafSenior
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Sep 12, 2017
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Pilot Metropolitan, and anything by Parker
Sep 12, 2017
R0BERT
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Sep 8, 2017
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TWSBI ECO! Fantastic pen for the price no other piston is even close to that low of a price point or quality.
Sep 8, 2017
Calamus
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Sep 8, 2017
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I have many of the pens others have mentioned and they are all fine writing instruments. But a good portion of what makes a pen 'magical' is how it fits in ones hand. It's a personal thing I suppose. For my hand, The Churchman's Prescriptor by Italix writes as if it were part of my hand, as if it were a sixth finger. I have a very relaxed grip centered at approximately one and a half inches from the tip of the nib. The Churchman's Prescriptor has a unique feature which is the gold-plated metal band that functions as a stop for the screw-on cap. For me, it also functions as part of the grip: my two fingers lie below the ring and I place my thumb above it. It is hard to explain, but this provides me with much more control over pen. The pen itself is already well balanced in my hand when not posted and with this unique grip I am able to glide an extra-fine nib over the page as smoothly as I can write with my medium point Montblanc. I have Twsbi's and Pelikans with extra-fine nibs which are polished just as smoothly as the one J P Ford ground for my Churchman's Prescriptor, but a major difference is how the pen that holds the nib lends itself to be held in my hand. Now if the feed of The Churchman's Prescriptor were not up to the task then what I've been describing probably would not be possible. But in short, the expertly ground nib, the balance and profile of the pen and the superb flow characteristics of the feed and nib section all work together to provide for a transcendent writing experience that literally amazes me every I put pen to paper.
Sep 8, 2017
onasuss
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Sep 7, 2017
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Namisu Orion Titanium. Utterly gorgeous.
Sep 7, 2017
bakadeshi
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Sep 7, 2017
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Once in a while Pilot Custom Heritage 92's go on sale and dip below the $100 mark. It's smooth nib doesn't need tinkering with out of the box. For a gold nibbed piston filler, it's hard to find anything comparable at this price point. Alternatively, there's the Pilot 74--with their soft nibs, there's just enough line variation to make handwriting interesting without having to plunder the wallet to upgrade to a falcon/elabo.
Kind of surprised neither of these pens show up on the poll.
Sep 7, 2017
gripss
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Sep 7, 2017
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Any Kaweco Sport (White, Alu, Brass, Cognac)
Sep 7, 2017
Astrada
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Sep 6, 2017
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pilot 74 f or m
Sep 6, 2017
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