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Top 10 Fountain Pens to Buy in 2023

Fountain pens have made a huge comeback recently. It's not just middle-aged people embracing this old tech—younger generations are starting to see it as cool, too. Mainly because despite the convenience of social media and email for many, there still is a place for writing to keep the personal touch alive.

When shopping for a fountain pen, you'll want to remember the different designs, styles, and materials from which they are made. Some fountain pens can be filled with ink cartridges, while others use a converter filled with bottled ink. Prices vary based on the material from which the pen is created; prices start low at around $20 and go up to over $1000 for more expensive options.

In this blog, Cityluxe has collected different brands that offer fountain pens for different needs and budgets. Keep reading to discover your ideal fountain pen!

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1.) Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen

Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain PenKaweco fountain pens indicated in the picture from left to right ( Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Special Edition Ocean Blue, Kaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen WhiteKaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen BlackKaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen GrayKaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen FoxKaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen PinkKaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen MacchiatoKaweco Skyline Sport Fountain Pen Mint)

Price: 39.90 SGD

The Kaweco Skyline is a modern version of the Kaweco Sport, with a silver-colored nib. The pen's lightweight body is made from ABS/Macron plastic, making it perfect for travel use—it's an epiphany of a pocket pen! You can choose from a variety of fresh and hip colors depending on your style. While it may not be an expensive pen, it is efficient enough to recommend to anyone new to fountain pens.

Accessory:  Kaweco Sport Octagonal Pen Clip
Filling Mechanism: Kaweco Ink Cartridge, Converter

Cityluxe Review :
  • Great for anyone who is new to fountain pens
  • Best for people looking for pens that don't cost a lot of money
  • Think of it as a pocket-sized pen. It's convenient for carrying around with you and fits nicely in your hand.

2.) TWSBI ECO-T Fountain Pen 

TWSBI ECO-T Fountain PenTWSBI fountain pens indicated in the picture from left to right ( TWSBI ECO-T Fountain Pen Royal JadeTWSBI ECO-T Fountain Pen Mint Blue, TWSBI ECO-T Fountain Pen Clear)

Price: 46.50 SGD

Like its predecessor,  the TWSBI Eco T's nib, feed and body are identical and interchangeable. The nib is made of stainless steel, giving a smooth and consistent writing experience. Both series have the same length and weight and use the same fill mechanism in a clear demonstrator. The only difference is that the Eco-T uses a triangular grip that is ergonomic, making it easy for fountain pen beginners. We've also included the TWSBI Eco T fountain pen - Royal Jade in this series, which includes a bottle of Midnight Blue Ink, if you're interested to get a more luxurious writing experience perfect for any occasions!

Filling Mechanism: Piston
Refill Type: Bottled Ink, Fountain Pen Ink

Cityluxe Review:

  • Ideal for everyday use
  • Best for people looking for the best value in a pen
  • Longer writing sessions as the triangular grip gives you a comfortable, relaxed hold on your pen.

3.) Ystudio Classic Revolve Fountain Pen

Ystudio Classic Revolve Fountain Pen
YSTUDIO fountain pens indicated in the picture ( Ystudio Classic Revolve Fountain Pen GreenYstudio Classic Revolve Fountain Pen RedYstudio Classic Revolve Fountain Pen BlueYstudio Classic Revolve Fountain Pen Black)

Price: 218.00 SGD

Ystudio company encourages people to enjoy writing while experiencing emotions through their brand and products. Their classic revolve fountain pen series made from solid brass gives the pen a minimalistic design and a modern look. It also has a balanced weight and solid feel, making them comfortable to hold.

These fountain pens are versatile, durable and easy to use. They write well and are perfect for carrying around. Over time, the brass barrel will wear down and show more of the wooden pen underneath. You can speed up this process by sanding the barrel with sandpaper. This pen comes with a wooden box that can be reused for other purposes, making it an environmentally friendly choice.

Filling Mechanism: Converter (included) or International Standard Ink Cartridge (sold separately)

Cityluxe Review:

  • A comfortable pen that is enjoyable to use for long periods of time.
  • People who like brass pens will find these pens enjoyable.
  • Unique and elegant design
  • Easy to maintain

4.) LAMY Safari Fountain Pen

LAMY Safari Fountain Pen

 LAMY fountain pens indicated in the picture from top to bottom ( LAMY Safari Fountain Pen Blue with Red ClipLAMY Safari Fountain Pen White with Black ClipLamy Safari Strawberry Fountain PenLamy Safari Cream Fountain Pen)

Price: 55.00 SGD

If you're looking for a modern, affordable fountain pen, look no further than the LAMY Safari. These pens have a sleek design that gives off an aesthetic vibe. They come in lots of different colours and make limited edition changes every year. We've featured their 2022 special edition collection fountain pens, which might be of interest to you!

Lamy Safari fountain pens come with sturdy, long-lasting stainless nibs. These nibs can be easily switched between your Safari pen and other Lamy fountain pens such as the Vista, Al-Star, Joy, Nexx, and Studio.

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge - Proprietary, Converter

Cityluxe Review:

  • A pen that will not only fit comfortably in your pocket, but also last a long time.
  • Great option for anyone on a budget.
  • A pen that comes in a range of colours
  • An excellent fountain pen for beginners

5.) Parker IM Fountain Pen 

Parker IM Black CT Fountain Pen
 Parker fountain pens indicated in the picture from top to bottom (Parker IM Black CT Fountain PenParker IM Black GT Fountain Pen)

Price: 113.00 SGD

For many years, Parker pens were among the first created when fountain pens were invented. Today, the pen company is still recognized for its high quality, unique technology, and some of the most iconic styling.

Parker IM is the perfect combination of professionalism, reliability, and style. Made with great attention to quality, this pen series reflects both modern and vintage designs. The pen writes relatively well, with ink flowing out consistently and evenly. It will help you avoid smudging or feathering and keep your work neat. These pens are available in a variety of colours, including gold and brushed chrome.

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge, Converter

Cityluxe Review:

  • Makes a wonderful gift for all occasions.
  • A smart, professional pen for the businessperson on the go.
  • Writing is easy and feels luxurious at the same time.

6.) Pilot Metropolitan Animal MR2 Fountain Pen

Pilot Metropolitan Animal MR2 Fountain Pen Pilot fountain pens indicated in the picture ( Pilot Metropolitan Animal MR2 Fountain Pen - White TigerPilot Metropolitan Animal MR2 Fountain Pen - PythonPilot Metropolitan Animal MR2 Fountain Pen - LeopardPilot Metropolitan Animal MR2 Fountain Pen - LizardPilot Metropolitan Animal MR2 Fountain Pen - Lizard)

Price: 27.82 SGD

The Pilot Metropolitan is a very popular fountain pen among beginners because of its smooth nib, sleek design, affordable price, and quality construction. This pen has a sleek metal body and the beautiful feel of its nibs, which glide across the page for a smooth writing experience.

The Pilot Metropolitan animal collection fountain pen is perfect for people who like to express their individuality with writing instruments. Inspired by the gentle curves of a cocoon, Pilot's new series of pens come in 5 designs that are paired with animal accents for a touch of uniqueness.

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge, Converter

Cityluxe Review:

  • One of the best fountain pens for beginners.
  • This fountain pen is perfect for people who want to express their individuality through the way they write.
  • The smooth nib makes writing a pleasure.

7.) Conklin Duraflex Limited Edition Fountain Pen

Conklin Duraflex Limited Edition Fountain Pen (Flex Nib) ChromeConklin fountain pen indicated in the picture (Conklin Duraflex Limited Edition Fountain Pen)

Price: 120.00 SGD

Founded by Roy Conklin, Conklin pens are known for creating one of the world's first self-filling fountain pens. The company's commitment is to manufacture hard-working products for hard-working people which is still much sought by pen collectors.

This fountain pen has a modern style to the Conklin oversize flat top design, combined with the stunning new OmniFlex nib. Intricately designed and cut for maximum performance, you can now add sweeping strokes and tapers to your writing. In addition, this is a limited edition colour Duraflex exclusive at Cityluxe!

Filling Mechanism: Standard International Cartridge, Converter

Cityluxe Review:

  • Conklin pens are a great choice for anyone who loves classic vintage designs.
  • This pen is a wonderful gift for the avid writer in your life.

8.) Cross Century II Lacquer Fountain Pen

Cross Century II Fountain PenCross fountain pens indicated in the picture from left to right (Cross Century II Translucent Blue Lacquer Fountain PenCross Century II Translucent Plum Lacquer Fountain PenCross Century II Black Lacquer Fountain PenCross Century II Pearlescent White Lacquer Fountain Pen)

 Price: 243.00 - 312.00 SGD

The Cross Century II pen collection offers a bolder look and a wider girth than the original Classic Century, giving it a fresh take on a classic style. Long-lasting and durable, these pens are a good choice even if they're a little more expensive. They come with a lifetime guarantee against mechanical failure and presented in a luxury gift box.
Cool fact: Did you know that Cross pens were the pen of choice for many U.S. presidents?

Filling Mechanism: Cartridge, Converter

Cityluxe Review:

  • If you are willing to spend a little extra cash, these pens are worth the money due to its reliability
  • This pen is definitely a quality writing tool.
  • If you want a beautiful, classic pen that works well and is high quality, then this pen is for you.

9.) Onishi Seisakusho Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen

Onishi-Seisakusho Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen

Onishi Seisakusho fountain pens indicated in the picture from top to bottom ( Onishi Seisakusho Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen Sora BlueOnishi Seisakusho Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen Blue MarbleOnishi Seisakusho Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen Black MarbleOnishi Seisakusho Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen Matcha GreenOnishi Seisakusho Cellulose Acetate Fountain Pen Red Marble)

Price: 259.00 SGD

Are you a fan of Japanese fountain pens? If not, now's the perfect time to try one out. They are made from high-quality materials, and each has intricate details that make them stand out from other pens. The Onishi Seisakusho fountain pens are one example of a handmade masterpiece! Kiyoshi Kato—nicknamed "the father of pens"—handmade these pens, and each reflects his artistry, skill, and attention to detail. Later on, the legacy was passed down to his apprentice, Mr. Onishi.

These fountain pens are made from patterned cellulose acetate, with a beautiful sheen and lightweight that is comfortable in the hand. Elegant gold-colored accents and a smooth steel nib make these pens an attractive addition to any pen collection. 

Read: Unboxing Onishi Seisakusho Fountain Pens

Filling Mechanism: Standard Ink Cartridge, Converter

Cityluxe Review:

  • If you like handmade pens with a unique and artistic design, these are for you.

  • The pen glides smoothly across the page, making it easy and enjoyable to write with.

10.)Faber-Castell Hexo Fountain Pen

Faber-Castell HEXO Fountain PenFaber-Castell fountain pens indicated in the picture from top to bottom ( Faber-Castell Hexo Silver Matt Fountain PenFaber-Castell Hexo Black Matt Fountain PenFaber-Castell Hexo Bronze Fountain PenFaber-Castell Hexo Blue Fountain Pen)

Price: 71.00 SGD

We're pretty sure you've heard of Faber-Castell—one of the world's oldest manufacturers of drawing materials. They sell different stationery items, including fountain pens. Fountain pens are an ideal choice for people who need a convenient writing instrument that's well balanced but also delivers high performance.

In this series, we've featured the Faber-Castell Hexo fountain pen, a wide-bodied pen with a hexagonal shape and feel which helps to stay put on a table without rolling away. It also features a built-in mechanical system that ensures each of its six edges is perfectly aligned. The black-plated steel nib bears the Faber-Castell logo and dots, as well as the nib size! Cityluxe offers these pens with a free gift - a Faber Castell Gift Tin Set.

Filling Mechanism: Standard Ink Cartridge, Converter

Cityluxe Review:

  • A large pen that's perfect for comfortable writing.

  • Nib performance is great as the pen writes smoothly.

  • The pen is suitable for both right- and left-handed users.

Final Thoughts

The best fountain pen for you is one that you enjoy writing with and suits the styles of various types of writing you like to do. If you are just starting out, prioritize feel and ease of use over an elaborate nib because good pens are more expensive than most other types of writing implements.

What are your favorite fountain pens and brands? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below!


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