I've been a bit obsessed with locating the highest quality/lowest cost pens recently. (Maybe thinking of working on another guide or longer feature?) This week's Deals and Drops includes some of the best I've managed to locate so far, along with some other deals and opportunities out there at the moment.
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- Nemosine Singularity Fountain Pens (via Pen Chalet). A great inexpensive starter fountain pen. I reviewed this pen a little while ago.
- Lamy Vista (via Pen Chalet). Another inexpensive demonstrator that's maybe a step up from the Singularity in terms of fit and finish.
- Caran d'Ache 849 Fountain Pen (via Pen Chalet). Add a splash of color to your pen case. Caran d'Ache makes great products, and this pen has received good reviews. It's also a good option if you like slimmer pens.
- Pilot Vanishing Point Crimson Sunrise (via Paul's Paper & Pens). Apparently Pilot had some extra stock that is appearing at retailers, but once this batch is gone, they're gone!
- Pilot Metropolitan (via Anderson Pens). Pilot's Metropolitan fountain pen is probably my go-to recommendation for newbies and those exploring whether or not they want to switch over. It's also just a great pen for anyone.
- Wing Sung 618 Piston Fountain Pen (via Amazon). Look for a review over the next few weeks, but these Wing Sung pens are excellent low cost finds, if you're interested in dipping your toes into the inexpensive Chinese pen market.
- Wing Sung 698 Piston Fountain Pen (via Amazon). The 618 has a hooded nib and posts, while the 698 is more like a slimmer TWSBI that does not post.
- Kaweco Perkeo (via Vanness Pens). Last year Kaweco introduced a full-size, lower cost pen with their Perkeo series. I have samples of both the Indian Summer and Old Chambray versions.
- Levenger True Writer (via Levenger). Levenger True Writers are often-overlooked pens that can be great writers, especially if you find them on sale like Levenger's current 50% off winter clearance.
- Faber-Castell Loom (via Vanness Pens). Faber-Castell has some of the best stainless steel nibs out there for the money. The Loom represents an incredible value.
- Pilot Prera (via Anderson Pens). A step up from the Metropolitan and Pilot's other low cost options, but still a good deal for a demonstrator with a splash of color.
- Laban Celebration (via Goldspot Pens). Goldspot has a new line of lower-cost Laban fountain pens that come in a variety of attractive acrylics. The Oyster Yellow is very pretty, and I have a review pen in the (much) smaller Laban Expression line.
- Ink Flight Ink Sample Subscription (via Ink Journal). The makers of Ink Journal run an ink sample subscription service called Ink Flight. Ink sample subscription services can be a great way to try inks you'd never think to buy yourself, which can lead to pleasant "surprises."
- Montblanc M by Marc Newson Ultra Black (via Appelboom). The next pen in Montblanc's "Ultra Black" lineup is a version of the "M by Marc Newson," which now includes a splash of orange.
- The Inxsperiment (via Appelboom). Some people may not know, but Appelboom also runs an ink sample subscription service that will send you five 3ml ink samples monthly.
- YCPens eBay Store (via eBay). Reader recommended, but I have not tried yet. If you're interested in any of the Chinese brands such as Wing Sung, Kaigelu, etc., this store has them.