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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: