Upgrade Your Fountain Pen

Upgrade Your Fountain Pen

Upgrade Your Fountain Pen

There are few things in life that truly surpass the joy of writing with a fountain pen. The feel of the nib as it glides across the page. The way the pen itself makes you slow down and consider your words more carefully. More than any other tool, it is a trusted friend that can accompany you for years, if not a lifetime. If you’re already a fountain pen fan, then you may think it’s time to upgrade your fountain pen. Both aesthetically, and in terms of usability, there is huge variety out there, with something for every taste, style and budget. But watch out, some additions can be costly.

Go For Gold

Parker Duofold 'Craft of Travelling' Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Gold is a precious metal valued throughout the world, but never so much as in the nib of a fountain pen. It is durable enough to last a lifetime, but also soft enough to quickly adapt to your unique writing style. A perfect pen upgrade for the budding writer.

With its 14k gold nib, high-quality barrel and piston fill mechanism, this distinguished pen gives a modern twist to an iconic style. One to treasure for decades.

An 18k gold nib is complemented by a 23k gold trim. A classic style that will go the limit, this is a choice that won’t look out of place on an executive desk. Perfect for celebrating a promotion.

Whilst not using a gold nib, this pen utilises an even more premium metal, Palladium, which is stronger, more flexible and more corrosion resistant than its beloved gold counterparts.

A Flattering Finish

Cross Century II 10k Filled/Rolled Gold Fountain Pen

From precious woods to rare metals, there are many premium finishes that are perfect if you're looking to upgrade your pen. Choose an aesthetic that makes your new pen stand out from the crowd, to elevate a moment of introspective solitude or provide a perfect conversation starter.

If you’re a busy bee, this delicate design might be exactly what you need to keep your affairs in order. With a fine cigar shape, each pen has a unique six-digit serial number so you can prove it’s yours when your friends try to “borrow” it.

  1. Faber-Castell Ambition Coconut Wood Fountain Pen

With its long, straight barrel constructed from unpolished brown coconut wood, this feels like an artisanal treasure. A bold, earthy design that is sure to become a modern classic.

Art deco styling for a vintage king or queen, this gold-finished pen radiates sophistication. With a wide profile, it’s perfect for slightly larger hands. Designed for a lifetime of smooth, effortless writing.

Clean and Clear

Laban Skeleton Rose Gold Demonstrator Fountain Pen

There’s nothing worse than being mid-sentence on your magnum opus when your cartridge runs out. Choosing a clear barrel is an ideal upgrade for practically-minded scribblers to keep tabs on their ink supply.

  1. Kaweco Ice Sport Blue Fountain Pen

Small and lightweight, this perfectly formed marvel is straight from a Wes Anderson film. Keep one in every bag for notes on the go.

  1. Laban Skeleton Rose Gold Fountain Pen

A stand-out choice that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before. This transparent pen is decorated with a geometric framework, creating a striking abstract effect. One for show-offs.

Ditch cartridges all together and fill your pen in a single motion with an inbuilt vacuum mechanism. This reliable workhorse can be completely disassembled for cleaning, and has extra-strong seals to prevent any leaks.

Filler Up

TWSBI Eco T Clear Fountain Pen

Pens without cartridges open up a whole world of bottled inks in every colour of the rainbow and - if you’re eco-conscious - cut down on plastic waste.

  1. Pelikan Souverän M600 Black Fountain Pen

Originally launched in the 1950s, this distinguished pen has a striking gloss finish and comes in five different colours. Treat yourself to a bottle of Pelikan ink - enough to write a novel.

  1. TWSBI GO Sapphire Blue Fountain Pen

Ultra-affordable and fast to fill, this pen’s lightweight plastic barrel has been faceted to stop it rolling off the table. A small loop allows it to be connected to a keyring or lanyard. The height of practicality.

  1. Lamy 2000 Black Fountain Pen
    Lamy 2000 Black Fountain Pen
    As low as £175.50
    Rating:
    87%

The innovative fibreglass body keeps down weight and is finished with a sleek brushed texture, while the tapered profile produces an exceptionally comfortable feel. Like all the finest fountain pens, this one features a platinum-plated solid 14k gold nib.

Wild Lines

Writing of the words "Wild Lines" with a broad italic nib

All nibs aren’t created equal, and there are plenty of unusual choices that can add some extra flair to your penmanship. If you’re a fan of a funky line, or find that a traditional fountain pen nib doesn’t seem to work for you, keep an eye out for the following:

  • Stub: cut flat across the top, this broad nib creates greater variance between vertical and horizontal lines. It’s no effort calligraphy!
  • Oblique: cut at an angle, which can help you to make proper contact with the paper if you’ve tried and failed with fountain pens in the past. A reverse oblique is perfect for lefties.
  • Music: Extra-flexible, this nib is designed for jotting sheet music, but some people prefer it for regular note taking as well.

  1. Lamy Al-Star Bluegreen Fountain Pen

Upgrade to your perfect line. One of the world’s most popular pens, it can come with a 1.1mm stub nib, but you can add a 1.5mm or 1.9mm if you prefer.

  1. Parker Sonnet Matte Black Gold Trim Fountain Pen

Plenty of nib options mean you can fit this classic to your exact needs. Choose from six colours for a completely personal profile.

  1. Waterman Carene Amber Gold Trim Fountain Pen

Slightly translucent and trimmed with 23k gold, this pen is a true sight to behold. Choose your nib for a truly stunning addition to your stationery collection.

One for the budding Mozarts, this pen has a cult following amongst enthusiasts. With three prongs (rather than the standard two), your ink will practically dance across the page.