In an age, when most people exclusively type and hardly ever reach for a biro or pencil, fountain pens have become objects of nostalgia. Most people remember longing to write with a fountain pen. Moving from pencil to fountain pen during childhood was a big deal! There’s something special about writing with a fountain pen. Perhaps it’s the motion or the feel of the pen your hand or watching the ink soak up into the bright white paper.
Anyway, having spent years getting frustrated with various ball pens and biros, we decided to put fountain pens to the test and see what the fuss was all about. The verdict: writing with a fountain pen is poetry in motion.
Obviously, not all fountain pens are equal and prices vary considerably. We decided to set ourselves a $50-budget.
These are our top 3 under $50 fountain pens:
At the time of writing about this great little fountain pen, you can get it on Amazon for just under $24. After trying lots of different pens, this one undoubtedly stands out. The fine nib glides over the paper without ever scratching or skipping, producing beautiful, clear writing. This pen writes so well, it even compares to higher priced fountain pens in quality and ease of use.
The body of the pen is stylish, the pen feels lightweight and didn’t show any marks even after dropping accidentally on more than one occasion. The charcoal finish looks rather sophisticated even though this fountain pen is made of plastic. The nib is black and also looks great. No doubt many would consider buying several Lamy Safaris, one for the handbag, one for the office, and one for home use.
This fountain pen comes with a Lamy T10 blue cartridge. The option of purchasing a separate converter is also available. For the uninitiated, converters facilitate the use refillable cartridges which save a lot of money over time and are super environmentally friendly. It takes a bit of practice to use the converter without getting ink all over your hands, however, after a while it’s child’s play and there’s no need to worry about running out of cartridges ever again.
Writing is a real pleasure with the Lamy Safari, there are no ink blotches or uneven lines. It’s hard to believe how such a reasonably-priced pen could produce such beautiful writing.
The aluminum body of the MUJI fountain pen is exceedingly stylish as well as ultra-durable, it just looks great. The silver body and nib add a sense of style associated with more expensive fountain pens. The MUJI is currently available for less than $18 and is a real bargain without any drawbacks whatsoever.
Initially, the nib feels slightly scratchy, but after using it for a little while, the nib softened slightly, allowing to write in perfect, fine lines. The blue ink supplied when purchasing this fountain pen looks great on paper. We experienced no dripping or uneven ink supply. The nib is quite sturdy. It is possible to press hard on the nib to achieve thicker lines, without causing any damage to the nib. Once the pressure is eased, the nib goes back to its original shape, again producing wonderful fine lines.
The fact that this pen is made from aluminum is a bonus because it is light, and yet undoubtedly will last a lifetime. Replacing the cartridges is also easy, and though the MUJI does not come with a converter, the manufacturer tells us that all universal converters fit into the MUJI.
At this price, the MUJI definitely ranks among the best fountain pens under $50, and we would always carry one because it writes well and looks fabulous. We can’t fault the MUJI aluminum fountain pen in any way and would definitely recommend it.
We just adore the Pilot Metropolitan Collection Fountain Pen for so many different reasons. For starters, it features a classic fountain pen design to die for. Secondly, the writing quality is impeccable, the process very enjoyable. Finally, the fine nib cruises along the page effortlessly, producing perfect writing fit for a king (or queen).
The black barrel combines well with the glossy, vintage-look nib and the traditional, also glossy cap. At first sight, the Pilot Metropolitan could be mistaken for a much higher-priced fountain pen because of its stylish, traditional design. The barrel is made of durable brass, while the accents and nib are made of stainless steel. No doubt, this fountain pen is durable, produces great quality writing, and looks very stylish.
On delivery, you receive 1 Pilot black cartridge as well as 1 Pilot Press Plate Converter, giving you the option of using disposable cartridges or going the more environmentally friendly route of refilling the cartridge.
At the time of writing about this elegant fountain pen, it only cost $10.17, which is a complete steal considering the quality and style. In our opinion, you cannot get a better budget fountain pen than the Pilot Metropolitan, and you don’t even have to compromise in quality.
Writing with this fountain pen is pure pleasure as the nib gently glides over different types of paper and produces even and impeccable lines.
These three fountain pens are the best and come at a fantastic price. The writing quality is second-to-none and so is the ease of use. The nib and barrel of each pen is lightweight, yet durable and replacing disposable cartridges is effortless. Both the Lamy and Pilot come with converters allowing you to refill the ink rather than use disposable cartridges but you can also fit a universal converter into the MUJI.
We’d recommend the Lamy for those looking for an ultra-lightweight modern fountain pen, while those looking for aluminum durability and silver style should choose the MUJI. Traditionalists will be happiest with the Pilot and its more nostalgic look.