There is no doubt that fountain pens has been the hottest topic inside the Sketchbook Design forum. So I thought it was time to ask the all important question here on the blog and to give you an update on what pens I’m using regularly at the moment.
If you are new to fountain pens and/or my blog I created an in-depth series of articles about Fountain Pens for Sketching a number of years ago. Start here to work through them. All of the info in that series is still valid and I’m constantly referring people to it. I also have a separate article about permanent inks.
In terms of the pens I’m using these days…
Favourite sketching pens
- Lamy Joy with a gold nib which is approx medium in size (note: it is not a stub/calligraphy nib which the pen comes with). I love this pen as the body is lightweight, well balanced and just feels so good in my hand. I’m currently using the newer Red and White model. As I use my pen with very light pressure I like a medium nib so I can achieve different thicknesses of line simply by varying how much the nib is touching the page. The gold nib is softer (and a little more flexible) than the normal steel nib. More about the gold nib in this article – it works for me, but I don’t think that it is worth the cost for most people.
- Green Sailor Fude de Mannen fountain pen with 55 degree ‘bent’ fude nib. This is my favourite drawing pen due to the variety of lines I can make by simply changing the angle of the pen. More about it here.
Both of these pens are filled with De Atramentis Document Black. I don’t seem to be drawing in coloured ink at the moment, but the first additional pen to my collection would be another Fude pen filled with De Atramentis Document Urban Grey ink.
I love the TWSBI Eco pen for writing but don’t find it as comfortable in my hand for drawing. Being a pistol filler it holds a lot of ink which is very handy.
- White Eco – my writing pen filled with De Atramentis Document Black so that it could use it for drawing in an emergency.
- Turquoise Eco – filled with J Herbin Diabolo Menthe ink (water soluble) and is used for writing guidelines.
- Blue Eco – contains Lamy Turquoise ink and is used for blue writing.
- Yellow Eco – contains a personal ink mix (De Atramentis) which is somewhere between a Raw Sienna and a Burnt Sienna in colour and I use this for drawing or writing. (Haven’t been using this much recently but it’s still in my everyday kit)
Note: All of these pens contain a Fine nib.
The last pen is a EF Sailor Desk Pen which I use in my Bullet Journal. At the moment I’m using up some water-soluble black ink from my collection – the exact brand is not important.
So that’s my current collection. Apart from using more TWSBI Eco pens for my coloured inks (don’t you just love pairing ink with pens?) my actual selection hasn’t changed a lot since I last photographed my kit two years ago.
Now it’s your turn!
I would love to hear in the comment section below, what pen/s (and nib) you are using and what is your favourite ink.