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Writing with a Fountain Pen: a Comparison Video Review

There are SO so so so many fountain pens out there it can be quite frankly incredibly intimidating getting your feet wet. Where do you start? Which pens are going to be the best for what you intend to do with them? How do they write? What should you look for? What is bleeding and ghosting and which pens do that more than others? Today I am going to share with you my fountain pen stash. I currently own a Noodler’s Ahab Flex Fountain Pen in Mandarin yellow, a Noodler’s Nib Creaper Flex Fountain Pen in Truk Lagoon, a Pilot Metropolitan Fountain pen-fine in Gold, a Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen-medium in Silver, a Pilot Plumix, as well as a TWSBI Vac700. I have prepared an in-depth video to show you how each of these pens writes, what writing with a fountain pen looks like, how much they bleed or ghost and some of the frustrations I have plus I’ll even tell you my favorites for bullet journaling!

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Writing with a fountain pen: How do you choose?

I wanted to give you a brief overview of these pens, their features and how much they are as well as where you can buy them. If you are worried about choosing a pen, I can promise you that by the end of the video you will have a much clearer idea of which pen is going to be best for you. if you are using these for bullet journaling, it is going to depend largely on what type of notebook or paper you are using as to which pen is going to be a good fit but we’ll get into all of that in detail. Let’s introduce the pens!

1. Pilot Metropolitan in gold – Fine.
Its sells for $15 HERE.
This pen is beautiful, has nice weight distribution and no ghosting in your bullet journal. It writes smoothly and is incredibly affordable, a great starter pen. It is also refillable if you get the converter which means you can use it over and over again with any ink you choose!

Writing with a Fountain Pen: Pilot Metropolitan

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2. Pilot Metropolitan in silver – Medium.
It sells for $15 HERE.
This pen is the same as number one with a little bit wider nib. This gives you a nice bold line. It has a bit more ghosting from a bullet journaling perspective, but still relatively light ink distribution, it is affordable and you can purchase the converter as well. Available in lots of different color options.

Writing with a Fountain Pen: Pilot Metropolitan

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3. Noodler’s Ahab Flex Fountain Pen in Mandarin Yellow
Sells for $23 HERE.
This pen has a flexible nib which means that the tip spreads apart to give you very thick lines but if you don’t apply much pressure you can get thinner lines as well. In theory, an amazing idea, but it lays the ink on so thick and takes about 3 full minutes (or more depending on the paper) to dry. Meaning it smears terribly. You also have to push quite hard to get the effect which indents the paper and on most of my paper, bleeds terribly. On the right paper though, this is so much fun to write with. A great entry-level flex fountain pen.

Writing with a Fountain Pen: Noodlers Ahab Flex

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4. Noodler’s Nib Creaper Flex Fountain Pen – Truk Lagoon
Sells for $16.10 HERE.
This is by far my favorite of my two flex pens. It is more flexible than the Ahab flex, it is lighter, smaller, fits better in my hand, and gives a smooth line. I can write faster with it and get a nice effect. This does bleed through Leuchtturm paper, but I am looking to try it on some different paper to see what grade you would need. On the right paper, this pen is a beauty and so so so affordable! Not my go-to for bullet journaling though because of smearing/dry-time, and bleeding.

Writing with a Fountain Pen: Noodlers Creaper Flex

5. TWSBI VAC700 EF
Sells for $70 HERE.
This is my favorite fountain pen, it just goes to show that the pricier ones are that price for a reason. This is the smoothest pen I have every tried. It doesn’t matter if I put no pressure on it or a lot of pressure on it. I can vary the line width slightly with pressure and it doesn’t break flow at any point that I have ever noticed. I can get a very fine line with it which is perfect for bullet journaling and it dries really fast. My only downside on this pen is the weight. For durability purposes, it is a selling feature, but my hand get’s tired easily (need to work up those fountain pen muscles 😉 ).

Writing with a Fountain Pen: TWSBI Vac700

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6. Pilot Plumix
Sells for only $9.10 HERE.
This is a cheap pen, good quality, it has a flat nib which means without applying pressure, you naturally get thicker and thinner lines adding dimension to your script. It is light and easy to use, it isn’t as smooth as the other pens, again, probably because of the price. It also is refillable but you do have to buy the Pilot cartridges to do so which is a big downside for me. I recommend this pen as a starter pen if you are new to fountain pens and want the look of a flex pen without the learning curve.

Writing with a Fountain Pen: Pilot Plumix

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Writing with a fountain pen demonstration video and review

This is the fun part! This video will show you the pens in action, I will show you the ghosting and bleeding and how the flex pen works up close. When you have a bit of time, grab a cup of coffee and your journal to take some notes and let’s find you a fountain pen you’ll love!

 

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Tomorrow I am so excited to share with you a subscription box that I have fallen in LOVE with! I will show you what was included and how to get your hands on this! It is a great way to build your supply collection! Tune in tomorrow!

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What is your favorite fountain pen? Do you have any questions? Comment below!

Comments

  1. I’m pretty sure that my husband is getting me my very first fountain pen for my birthday this year, and I’m so excited! I may just direct him to this video. 😀 Thanks for sharing!

  2. I guess I’ve never used a good one because the leaking and blotting displeases me. I want tidiness. But a refillable appeals to me greatly.

  3. Hi. I consider myself a very amateur calligrapher – I love to write, lettering, pens – probably a lot of your same loves. I just read your article on fountain pens. Can you recommend a pen (probably one that you reviewed, but perhaps one that your readers have told you about) that would be good with thins to thick(er), and not bleed through on Leuchtturm pages? I can’t spend more than $20-ish. Thank you Rebecca. I just started my bullet journal a month ago, and i really enjoyed your weekly spread blog post. 🙂

  4. Also be careful what paper you use a fountain pen on. Recycled paper will ruin the nib within a week because of the metal shards it contains from the staples and paper clips that get processed with it.

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