Top 5 Fountain Pens and Ink

I was writing something down in my planner this evening and I looked at the fountain pen I was writing with. “I really like this pen,” I thought to myself. “Oh, and I also like that other pen… and that one…”  Then I realized I needed to come up with a blog post this week. That brings us to… my top 5 fountain pens and ink (and a bonus). As a bonus, I had fun setting up the shots.

I Love Fountain Pens

I have always loved writing with fountain pens. A good fountain pen glides across the page without any pressure. I’ve written 110,000 words in thirty days. By hand. Being able to write without using any pressure is the only way I got through that month! I can’t write for very long with a ball point. When a fountain pen just isn’t practical, I use Pilot Hi-Tecpoint V5 (or V7) Pen.

When I was a teenager, I used my parents’ fountain pens. I still have one of them. It’s actually my most favourite pen, but didn’t make this list because the ink bladder needs replacing so I can’t write with it. I lost my second favourite pen, that my grandmother gave me.

When we moved overseas, I bought quite a few. They were just in the stationary aisle of any department store. Then we moved back to Canada and couldn’t find a cheap old fountain pen to save my life.

Finally, about four or five years ago, I heard about The Goulet Pen Company. … I may have given them a lot of my money. In fact, most of the links in this post will point to them (although they don’t give me anything for that, unfortunately!) If you want to know more about fountains, definitely check this online retailer out. They have amazing comparison shopping resources and hundreds (thousands?) of blog posts and videos about not only their products, but fountain pen tips, tutorials, and more.

Maybe lock your credit card away first.

My Top 5 Fountain Pens and Ink

These are listed in no particular order and all samples were written in an old Moleskine daily planner.

Ink: Noodler’s Operation Overlord Orange. Pen: vintage Aurora pen.
Ink: Noodler’s Black Swan in Australian Roses. Pen: Pilot Vanishing Point.

This Vanishing Point is a clicky fountain pen! Cool! I had to have it. Even though it’s my most expensive pen.

Ink: Noodler’s Air-Corp Blue-Black. Pen: Noodler’s Ahab Flex.

This Ahab was one of my first of this new pen collection. It quickly became a favourite.

Ink: Noodler’s The Blue Nose Bear. Pen: Pilot Plumix with stub nib.

An ink named after both Winnie-the-Pooh and Nova Scotia’s Bluenose? One with amazing shading and fluorescence? Yes, please! As for the pen – I wanted to try an italic nib, so purchased this cheap pilot pen. I didn’t think I would like it, but it’s actually near the top of this short list! Many of you have seen this pen before in this set of photos.

Ink: Rohrer & Klingner Alt-Goldgrun. Pen: Noodler’s Konrad Flex.

Proof that not all my ink is Noodler’s ink. I have a few other brands of ink as well, but I definitely have more Noodler’s than anything else. They are good inks, with great colours, interesting characteristics, and good price.

And a Bonus

Number six is a bonus because it’s not technically a fountain pen; it’s a dip pen with an agate handle that I found on eBay one day.

Noodler’s “The Purple Heart“; Victorian agate dip pen


I really love it and it’s probably the pen I should have used for the writing samples in all the photos. The point of the photos was to show the pen, the ink, and how they write together. Considering the final images I chose don’t really showcase the final one very well, using this dip pen would have been smart plan. (I just inked up five additional pens and I’ll be leaving in three weeks for a month’s travel! Not the smartest idea I’ve ever had).

To prove that you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good pen, all but one of these (the Vanishing Point) were under $50.

Do you have any fountain pen or ink recommendations?

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