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Best Inexpensive Fountain Pens For Clumsy People Who Drop Them?


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#1 mysterium

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:20

I'm a fountain pen newbie. So far I've had a couple of Pilot Metropolitans. I like the pen, but I am quite clumsy. In both cases, I have dropped the pen and it's hit nib-first on my hardwood floor and bent. The second one didn't bend too badly and it's usable, but it's still a little damaged, and I want to get something new.

 

But I need something that will stand being dropped like that! I am clumsy. I KNOW I am going to keep dropping pens. Or is there another solution? 



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:34

I'm not sure any nib would take that well, but I wonder if a light-weight pen, like the Kakuno (same nib, different body), might decrease the risk.  Just a thought.

 

Alternately, superglue your fingers to the grip?

 

Hmm.  Safari / Al-Star nibs are short, with thicker (more stout?) tines (or so it appears to me).  Perhaps they would be less likely to bend on impact?

 

Sorry, I have no personal experience and don't really want to try experiments ;) but some thoughts for what it's worth...


Edited by LizEF, 21 February 2018 - 03:34.


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:38

Maybe Jinhao (x450 or x750) or other really cheap (less than $5) Chinese-made pens?

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:40

I also would like to know what's an especially durable fountain pen. I haven't broken nibs, but I have broken clips and caps and bodies. I'm not collecting anything but ultra cheapies until I discover something at least as durable as an ultra cheapie.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 03:48

Maybe Jinhao (x450 or x750) or other really cheap (less than $5) Chinese-made pens?

 

The jinhao X450 & X750 are too big and too heavy pens for my writing taste !

 

I would recommend Hero 5020  ,  Baoer 388 or a few Jinhao 991 . They are all  light, small and cost less than 5$ US  . The Jinhao 991 is only about 2.0$ but writes very smoothly .

 

All these pens are available on ebay.

 

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Jinhao 991

 

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Baoer 388

 

 

 

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Hero 5020


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:05

I've never seen a pen, from $1 to $1000 that the nib wouldn't be damaged by a drop on a hardwood floor. Maybe you should just buy the real cheap disposable ones.


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:13

Nothing, not titanium, steel or gold will withstand a nib first fall. My suggestion is to stay with a beater pen till you develope better habits. A metro is a good pen to cut your teeth on. A safari has easy to find replacement but costs as much as a metro.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:32

Nothing, not titanium, steel or gold will withstand a nib first fall. My suggestion is to stay with a beater pen till you develope better habits. A metro is a good pen to cut your teeth on. A safari has easy to find replacement but costs as much as a metro.

What he/she said. 

 

There's a lot of durable fountain pen bodies out there (think Karas Kustoms).  The problem is the nib.  As defined by how it has to work, a nib has to be movable based on the light pressure you place on to the paper.  Therefore, if you are a butterfingers, you're gonna drop a bunch and break every nib that hits the ground.

 

I'll go one step below what Inkling13 said and get a Jinhao.  Heck, on ebay, you can get a pack of Jinhao's for less than $10.  Mix and match.  Get a bunch of different styles.  None are original and all are knockoffs of other designs.  But their low cost will be worth it until, as Inkling13 says, you develop better habits.  There is a dual benefit there for you as well: since they're knockoffs of other designs, you can see which ones are better suited to better handling for you and once you are confident in your ability to hold one, you can invest in the real deal and get a better writing pen.

 

If you want to go a step in between a Pilot Metro and a Jinhao, check out Fountain Pen Revolution.  But really, start with Jinhao and work your way up.  The nib won't be great, but that's kind of the point until you can keep it in good condition for a bit.

 

Don't give up.  Learning how to take care of the pen will be a skill that will translate into taking care of other things in your life.  It is a worthwhile skill to learn.



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 04:36

Put a rug down over the hardwood floor, perhaps one that is large enough to cover your “writing area” but small enough to roll up, or move around if needed elsewhere. Won’t 100% guarentee it will protect all nibs, but provide a fighting chance compared to hardwood floors.
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Posted 21 February 2018 - 05:40

You might try a Sheaffer VFM, comes in F or M, sells for ~$15 on ebay. Cap and barrel are brass (but it's not too heavy) so if you dropped it while writing, most likely it would land butt-end rather than on the nib.


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Posted 21 February 2018 - 05:49

Lamy Safari/Vista/Al star



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 06:59

I'm a fountain pen newbie. So far I've had a couple of Pilot Metropolitans. I like the pen, but I am quite clumsy. In both cases, I have dropped the pen and it's hit nib-first on my hardwood floor and bent. The second one didn't bend too badly and it's usable, but it's still a little damaged, and I want to get something new.
 
But I need something that will stand being dropped like that! I am clumsy. I KNOW I am going to keep dropping pens. Or is there another solution?


First question that comes to mind is how are you dropping your pen, does it simply slip through your fingers or some sort of accident ?

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 07:40

No pen will survive a nib first fall onto a hardwood floor. I agree with the suggestions that you use really cheap disposable pens or cheap Jinhao, Hero, Baoer pens until you can cure your "pen dropping" habit.  :)



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 08:29

I'd recommend a rollerball pen. It will write well and if you damage the tip you can change the refill.



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 09:14

Maybe Jinhao (x450 or x750) or other really cheap (less than $5) Chinese-made pens?


Agree completely. You can also get Jinhao branded #6 nibs cheap on eBay if needed as replacements. Very happy with my Jinhao’s.
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Posted 21 February 2018 - 12:26

Hi Mysterium, et al,

Good advice thus far. All I'll do is reiterate what's been said and add one more, (below):

Lamy Safari... light weight... near indestructible body... and an easily replaceable nib.

If the Safari styling is too avant garde for your tastes or needs, then I'd consider the:

- Nemosine Singularity

OR

- Jinhao X-450/750

All three pens I've mentioned here are inexpensive to buy AND come with nibs that are also easy and inexpensive to remove and replace.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 14:02

Use a cheap BIC stick, you can nick them for free from your bank or many other places.

Well, all kidding aside, if you want to use fountain pens properly, get out of making excuses like "I am clumsy", take responsibility for your actions, and stop dropping your fountain pens. Maybe instead of wasting everybody's time asking stupid questions, you should work on becoming more careful and not dropping your pens.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 15:02

Wonderful, thank almost all of you for your constructive, useful, and interesting suggestions! 



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Posted 21 February 2018 - 15:34

No pen will survive a nib first fall onto a hardwood floor.

I felt compelled to prove you wrong and proved you right instead. The V-Pen is not as indestructible as it seems. It bent right back,but I shan't do that again.

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Posted 21 February 2018 - 15:39

I felt compelled to prove you wrong and proved you right instead. The V-Pen is not as indestructible as it seems. It bent right back,but I shan't do that again.

 

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