Fountain Pen Info

September 30, 2019 | 11 Comments

Many of my readers will know about the epic “Fountain Pen Sketching” series of articles I produced in 2015, but more recent followers might not be aware of it. It was a comprehensive guide to starting sketching with fountain pens and I have added more articles since then.


So I thought it was a good time to create an index of my most important fountain pen articles as I get asked the same questions regularly.

Why draw with a fountain pen?
Some of the reasons why I love fountain pens: flow of ink, ease of using at different angles, variable and lively lines, reusable etc
How to use a fountain pen
How to hold your pen, vary your grip, post your cap (or not), what paper to use, how to refill and maintain your pen
How to choose a fountain pen
Budget, use, nib, ink capacity and refilling, weight, thickness, length, design etc
Review of a few ‘basic’ fountain pens

  • Platinum Preppy (and Plaisir)
  • Platinum Carbon Desk Pen
  • Lamy Safari, Vista, Joy
  • Pilot Metropolitan
  • Pilot Prera
  • Pilot Kakuno
  • Kaweco Sport (Classic or Ice)
  • TSWBI Eco

Review of a few fountain pens with variable lines (flex, brush)

  • Noodlers Flex Pens (Nip Creeper, Konrad and Ahab)
  • Pilot Falcon
  • Gold Lamy nib
  • Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
  • Noodlers Konrad Brush Pen
  • Platinum Weasel Brush Pen

Review of a few fountain pens with variable lines (calligraphy – fude, stub and parallel)

  • Lamy Joy (Stub)
  • Pilot Parallel Pen
  • Sailor Fude De Mannen (55 and 45 degree)
  • Hero M86 and 578
  • Duke 209

Permanent Ink for Fountain Pens
A list of the most common ink that sketchers use in their fountain pens which are suitable for ink and wash.
The pen that I use and why
The Lamy White Joy (now the white and red version) with a Gold M nib.
Flying with fountain pens
I do it all the time and rarely have any issues – read more about it!

So what other questions do you have?
Do you use a fountain pen that is not listed above? (I already have a list of extra pens to review but would love to hear your suggestions!)



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