A fountain pen, unlike the usual pen, is featuring an ink reservoir that enables you to write. The earliest human record of a fountain pen dates as far as the 10th century. Back in 953, Ma’?d al-Mu’izz – caliph of the Maghreb – asked for a writing device that will not stain his hands and clothes. Thus he was given a pen with an ink reservoir which could be held upside-down without leaking. This was recorded in Kitab al-Majalis wa ‘l-musayardt, by Qadi al-Nu’man al-Tamimi (d. 974). Later on, German inventor Daniel Schwenter described in the magazine Deliciae Physico-Mathematicae (1636 magazine) a device comprised of two quills, one providing the ink for the other. Ever since several people continued to improve the device, including Josiah Mason and Romanian inventor Petrache Poenaru who was granted a French patent for the invention of the first fountain pen with a replaceable ink reservoir (May 25 1827). With that said, let’s make our list of ten fine fountain pens.
10. Waterman Hémisphère Essential
We start our list of ten fine fountain pens with the Waterman Hémisphere Essential product featuring a brushed-steel body that’s been designed to combine both style and utility due to its light construction, keeping the writing hand as relaxed as possible.
9. Parker Ingenuity Daring
The Parker Ingenuity Daring reservoir pen comes with a free-flowing ink system that manages to efficiently eliminate pressure, ink leaks due to the change of temperature, while also providing as a superb writing device. It comes in different colors.
8. Sheaffer Prelude
Following on number eight out of ten fine fountain pens is the Sheaffer Prelude – a product which encapsulates and promotes comfort – due to its mid-range size – and durability, thanks to the medium-width steel nib with iridium tip.
7. Mont Blanc Ingrid Bergman
Our next product is special in all aspects. It brings elegance, determination, refinement and sensuality to the maximum. We should also mention this reservoir pen features 18 karat gold nib and a sleek design that honors the person who was Ingrid Bergman.
6. Cross Sentiment Scarlett
If you’re the romantic type this fountain pen may just be the perfect gift for the one you care about. It’s made of stainless steel and features a heart-shaped charm attached to its lid. This fountain pen makes use of both cartridges and converters.
5. Faber-Castell Pear Wood
The Faber-Castell Pear Wood is the product of an already established German company, the Faber Castell. It is one of their most popular model as it features high-end finishes, wood treatment and more. The “Ambition” collection is to be found in different versions, such as steel, wood, coco and pearwood.
4. Pilot V Pen
If you’re a starter in the sector of ink pens, this Pilot V Pen is a perfect product that features an ink controller mechanism and a really easy-to-use system. They are available in seven different colors, all including medium nibs.
3. Pilot Capless Carbonesque
The highlight feature of the Pilot Capless Carbonesque fountain pen is the retractable design it has. Another unique imprint of the pen is its clip location – at the front rather than the back, not to mention the carbon-like look which adds even more style.
2. Yard-o-led Astoria
This next product merges the unforgettable style of the 1920s with the elegant design of the Art Deco era. Each acrylic barrel features a superb unique pattern topped with an eggshell finish and the solid silver hallmark. It’s an 18 karat solid gold & rhodium plated nib device.
1. Lamy Raspberry
Our last addition in this list of ten fine fountain pens is the Lamy Raspberry. It features a slim barrel for easy grip, in addition to its cool looking style and high quality nib. Furthermore, the body is made of aluminum, making it smooth to the touch.
Which of these ten do you like the most?