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.
With Inktober starting this week 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
- 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
- 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!)
Are you ready for Inktober? What pen and ink will you be using?