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I recently got my first FP: a Pilot Metropolitan with a medium nib (plain black) and I'm starting to plan the next step. My criteria is as follows:

1) Affordable. I'd be comfortable in the $5-$35 range.

2) Quick drying. I'm a leftie so pens on the dry writer side is preffered.

3) Aesthetics. I'm not particularly a fan of the more modern designs such as the Lami Safari.

4) Nib size. I'm currently using a Pilot Medium, but I've heard from multiple people that a Pilot Medium is close to a Western Fine. So either fine or medium nib is good.

5) Feathering. As a student, I frequently write on cheap, absorbent paper so feathering makes my handwriting illegible.

 

I'm not necessarily confining myself to Pilot but other Pilot suggestions are more than welcome.

-Luis L.

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Do you like the shape and heft of the Metropolitan ? Is there something you would change ?

A Sheaffer NoNonsense is bigger and correctly priced.

A Parker 45 is classic, and within your budget range. It is my favorite.

#2 & #5 are more function of ink, rather than pen.

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Try some inexpensive pens - jinhao, bauer, lamy, parker 45, shaeffer cartridge pens. You can try quite the variety with very littleexpense.

 

The ink is as important as the pen. Try noodlers black. It works well on inexpensive paper.

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Might want to look for a restored Esterbrook, which will be a vintage pen, lever filler, and a nice little writer. Your price range will be very difficult to meet. I suppose another option is a less expensive Jin Hao or another Chinese pen. I only have one, and it is a good writer (my particular one was a gift, and is one of the very heavy, ornate Jin Hao pens; I don't recommend it as an EDC).

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ParkerDuofold

Hello Kvothe,

 

To echo previous posters; I'll be a little more specific and add:

 

Jinhao X-450 & 750

Kaigelu 316

Kaweco Sport?

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Faber-Castell Loom, but these have a rep as wet writers, (so do Parker 45's), so you may want to consider that.

 

Best of luck in your quest,

 

- Anthony

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Twsbi Eco in fine or medium.

Interesting suggestion and a pen I haven't tried yet myself.... hmmmm.... :D

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Interesting suggestion and a pen I haven't tried yet myself.... hmmmm.... :D

I would second the TWSBI Eco - a great pen with a huge ink capacity at a very affordable price.

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Platinum Plaisir or Balance? Just suggestions around your budget. I really just wanted to give a nod to a fellow Rothfuss fan.

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Hello, I am also a student and I also like a small line and quick dry fountain pen and also dislike the modern design as Lamy too.

 

As I can think now, the inexpensive FP that I like to use at school are:

 

- Platinum Plaisir (cheap, good writer, easy to find a Preppy as spare nib and feed)

- Platinum Cool / Balance (Recommend)

- Kaweco Sport (F nib is like a M of asian nib, may be too wet for poor quality paper)

- TWSBI (I have 3 TWSBI FPs: Eco, Diamond Mini, VAC Mini, I think the EF and F nib is good for poor quality paper more the M)

 

I also love some vintage FP as Senator Windsor and Reform 1745.

 

Chinese has many good FPs in fine and extra fine line. Jinhao 15 is a good Extra Fine pen.

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Might I suggest that you move up a bit in price? The pens mentioned above are all great for their price, but if you can save some money to spend on a pen in the next category up, you might really appreciate it. :)

 

Erick

 

Using right now:

Penlux Masterpiece Grande "F" nib running Pelikan Olivine

PenBBS 480 "F" nib running Pelikan Brilliant Brown

Santini Italia Toscana Fifth Avenue "F" nib running PR Blue Suede

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Faber-Castell Loom probably has the smoothest nib in that price range. Kaweco Sport, TWSBI ECO & Schneider Base are also nice inexpensive pens.You should also consider using Pelikan 4001 ink as it will not only dry quickly but also prevent feathering on cheap, absorbent paper.

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The Pilot Metro is really a terrific pen and a great value - congrats on your first pen!

 

That said - I don't think the next step is a pen in the $35 or less category - it's just more of the same really. Different nibs and different styles but still entry level type pens. There's nothing wrong with that at all - I have a number of them - in fact I just ordered another Pilot Metropolitan (Tiger White - medium nib) for my wife! But I would suggest continuing to use the Metro while saving some money. If you can get to the $80ish range you can get a gold nib and a much nicer pen that will really be a step up.

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