Interest Check: Fountain Pens
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Hi all,
We'd love to hear more details on the different fountain pens you like. We do our best to source a variety of different brands, types and styles, and are always looking to stay in tune with the interests of the community.
· What do you look for in a fountain pen? · What kind of nibs do you prefer? · Are there particular models and brands you like?
Your suggestions and feedback are taken into account when we look for new products to put on the site so tell us what you like, what you don’t like and any preferences you have in between.
Thanks!

Check out our past and current fountain pens here: www.massdrop.com/search/fountain_pens/drops
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LFTNT_LRAK
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Oct 17, 2019
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Would love to see a MassDrop + Rotring collabo on a limited edition release Rotring 600 Fountain Pen.
Oct 17, 2019
Stefan66
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Apr 20, 2019
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I like large pens with a clean and modern design. Like the Lamy 2000 (that is at the very top of my wish list) or Faber Castell E-motion (that I just bought). I got the Triton Zero here which I like very much. I signed up for the two recent Italix pens too. Metal body is a bonus to me, I don't like demonstrators at all. My max price is around 100 dollars. I prefer a fine or medium nib, since my handwriting is horrible and even a medium is too broad for my work but works at home. Steel nib is ok. I only ever had one gold nib and I ruined it by holding the pen in a too loose grip and dropping it four inches, nib down, on the paper....
Apr 20, 2019
Dreambamboo
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Apr 12, 2019
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Pen BBS 469 the double ended fountain pen from China. Also rollerball convertible.
Apr 12, 2019
erickong
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Apr 13, 2019
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That's the first fountain pen that I received! I like it a lot
Apr 13, 2019
AnonAnon
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Feb 26, 2019
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Some good Chinese pens from manufacturers like PenBBS or Live in You. PenBBS ink would be wonderful! Have heard good things about the ink, but very hard to source outside of China. Also, unusual pens, e.g. https://www.yachingstyle.com/ They've managed to make glass nibbed pens with with different sized nibs! Otherwise, Japanese pens with EF nibs, Sailor, Pilot, Platinum.
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Feb 26, 2019
mixerfix
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Feb 26, 2019
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Well, my current favourite (namely, pens I use daily or almost daily) are: * Pelikan 205 Olivine with a medium nib * Delta Nazareth 2000 with a medium nib * Parker 51 with a medium nib * Sheaffer Targa 1001 with a fine nib and * Delta Lugdunum with a fine nib I mostly prefer medium and fine nibs, but sometimes I use broad and double broad nibs. I still hope to get my hands on a Nagahara-nibbed Sailor. In a pen I look for an easy flow over paper, including some not-so-good paper types I get at the office, mostly simple lines. I prefer lighter pens.
Feb 26, 2019
aalh
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Feb 26, 2019
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Got tired of using cartridge fountain pens so I bought a TWSBI Mini with a stub nib. Wonderful pen while it lasted. Kept loving demonstrator fountain pens so I got a Opus 88 Koloro Demonstrator F and M nibs - beautiful pen. I do field work so I had to get a more robust pen, I bought a Kaweco Brass Sport with a F nib - nearly indestructible.
Feb 26, 2019
ASpatha
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Feb 21, 2019
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I just got my first 2 pens since middle school. Obviously I don't know anything about fountain pens but I got Two of the rightchoicepaintingcompany pens. One is F one is extra fine. I've only got ink in the brass one with Jacques Herbin Emeraude de Chivor. I love this pen. I find myself writing gibberish because I apparently have nothing to say but want to use the pen its so nice.
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Nibs are both Bock. Brass is full brass. EF Copper is also titanium with anodized blue / purple. F Both are a ball tip. If that's the right way to put it. Applying pressure doesn't add width to the lines. I do have the Calligraphy Super Starter Set that massdrop offered but I have yet to touch it.
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Feb 21, 2019
Bizwiz
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Feb 19, 2019
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What do I look for? Design, ink flow, nib choice, how it fits in my collection What nibs do I prefer? Fine, Flexible, Medium-fine Favorite brands and models? Pelikan M 400, Nakaya (any), Sailor 1911 Large, or King of Pens I do Not want a two for where both pens are identical. If I buy through Massdrop, I expect a significantly better price than I get from a full service retailer
Feb 19, 2019
fqgouvea
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Feb 19, 2019
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I'm a big fan of Wahl-Eversharp pens. I also enjoy Aurora, Platinum, and others. I tend to prefer interesting nibs, if possible in gold. I really dislike transparent pens (demonstrators), and I prefer my pens not to be too heavy.
Feb 19, 2019
Ghostwriter
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Feb 12, 2019
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Pens: Would love to see some of the mid-tier Sailors and Pilots. I love the nibs from these companies. The M-F offering from both is my sweet spot. 823's, Custom 74's, 1911's, Realo's, Pro Gears. Unfortunately both of these companies adhere to very strict selling programs - to the point where grey market may be an issue for this Platform. Stay away from the kit pens - the sections are predominantly too thin and too slippery to be used for longer writing sessions. Note-takers are best served with a snap cap (my favorite of these is the Faber-Castell essentio) - twist caps are better if the pen will be uncapped for longer writing sessions. Be wary of too many Jowo & Bock nibs - these companies supply the majority of nibs these days, and from my perspective this makes things a little boring. While I don't drool over demonstrators, I do like to see how much ink is left in my pen. Staining inks make short work of demonstrators, whereas cartridge-converters can be easily (and cheaply) replaced. The downside is of course ink capacity. I will buy an Aurora 88 some day, but probably never a Visconti or Montegrappa. It's a personal thing - too many of the Visconti's have too much bling, and they've been cursed with poor performing nibs right out of the box for too long. Paper: I'd like to see some Tomoe River notebooks offered, along with other fountain pen friendly options. Rhodia and Clairefontaine make great things to write on, but a little more diversity would be nice. Kokuyo, APICA, Midori, LIFE, Tsubame, etc. Ink: Would also love to see more ink vendors in play. The recent past has seen the launch of some excellent ink manufacturers and I've yet to see these (perhaps I've missed them). Pilot Iroshizuku, Pelikan Edelstein, KWZ, Robert Oster, Colorverse, Kyo No Oto, Organics Studio, Platinum, Blackstone, 3 Oysters, etc...are but a few that may serve to spruce up the ink selection here on Massdrop. And there are a ton of others that deserve mention here also but their names escape me.
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Feb 12, 2019
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