If you’d rather write with a fountain pen, but want your writing to look like it was done with a pencil, which gray fountain pen ink should you choose? Pencil lead varies in width and softness/hardness making your writing appear darker or lighter in color. Also the kind of paper you’re writing on and how hard you press down on the pencil can influence the appearance of the line that is produced. Fountain pen ink is similar – the results vary depending on the width of the fountain pen nib and the paper you are writing on.
We’ve scanned some samples of writing done on Clairefontaine French ruled paper in both pencil and ink for you to compare. What do you think? Are there any of your favorite inks you’d like to add to this list?
So you’re thinking of taking the plunge and getting your very first fountain pen! There are many fountain pens out there for beginners so which one is best for you or your children? Typically a beginner fountain pen is economical in price and has a fine or medium nib that is easy to write with. This article briefly highlights the main features of several starter fountain pens. This will make it easier for you to compare and choose one that might best suit your personal needs. We’ve chosen to list these pens in order of price, starting with the least expensive at the top.
A few of our own comments: It is not necessary to buy a left-handed nib if you are a left-handed writer. The Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen is the only one on this list that includes an ink converter when you buy the pen. Ink cartridges are usually easier to use for beginners than ink converters are. The kind of paper you write on matters when you use a fountain pen. More information on these and other topics can be found on our Beginners Guide to Fountain Pens webpage. If you discover that you like fountain pens, chances are pretty good you will want to get several of them, so no need to over-think your first purchase.