6 Sept 2016

picking my favourite fountain pen...

I found this post a hard one to write because choosing a favourite fountain pen is like choosing your favourite child*. I couldn't decide if I should choose a workhorse of a pen that sees loads and loads of use or if I should choose my favourite even though it may not be used as often as I would like to. In the end, I cheated and chose two:

My Pelikan M400 in Tortoiseshell White and my Platinum 3776 Century Nice.

Both pens are ones that don't see as much use compared to my Lamy Safaris or my Pilot Prera or my Pilot Kakunos but they are always inked up and ready for use on my desk. I use them for writing in my journal (which I do on a weekly basis) and I love them both for different reasons.

Aesthetically, both are very pretty. The Platinum is a demonstrator with a cartridge system whereas the Pelikan is a piston-filler. The Pelikan has an EF nib but still writes a pretty broad line whilst the Platinum has a fine nib and writes a beautifully fine line. Both nibs write beautifully and both also feel like I'm holding a feather even when writing long entries in my journal :)

Ultimately, these two pens were chosen because:
- they look beautiful and I never tire of looking at them.
- they both write smoothly.
- they are always inked.
- the Pelikan was a gift to myself for my own 25th birthday (it had been on my wishlist for quite some time prior to that!).

These are the main reasons but these two pens are also ones that I always find myself reaching for whenever I'm at home taking notes/writing in my journal. They are pens that add a little something special to my writing experience and that's why they are my favourites :)

What's your favourite fountain pen in your collection and why?

*I wouldn't know - I don't have any children - but I'm guessing it's a similar feeling ;)


  1. I love my Platinum Century as well, although my Pilot Falcon is my favorite pen.

  2. My favourite fountain pen is the Lamy Al-Star. It is the only one that works for me. Every other pen has spluttered or scratched and I think it is something to do with the way I angle a pen when I am writing.

    My favourite pens of all time are the Muji 0.5 black gel pens. Every time I go to a Muji store I buy about 20 as I am so terrified that they will stop producing them!