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5 Great Fountain Pens for Everyday Use

Living in the Digital Age doesn’t mean that we have given up handwriting, quite the contrary. Due to the fact that we already spend most of our time on laptops, smartphones or other devices, writing with a fountain pen is back on the list of our daily activities. It helps us think clear, and somehow it makes time stand still. And we all need some moments on slow-motion from time to time, isn’t it? 

It’s no surprise that most people use their fountain pens even more than their smartphones and when you write daily, you need a trustworthy companion, a pen that holds enough ink, that has a comfortable section as well as a robust construction. That’s why we’ve rounded up 5 fountain pens with piston filling mechanism that are great for everyday use. Filling up a fountain pen requires a little bit of attention and time, but for those who are always in a hurry, slowing things down might not be a bad idea.

Pilot Custom 823 

A great value for money pen, if you will. This particular Pilot is available in two colours, Amber and Smoke, both made of precious resin with a translucent finish that allows you to see the ink inside. Don’t be fooled by its construction, as Pilot used a resin that makes the pen feel sturdy in the hand. For EUR 249 you get a well-proportioned fountain pen equipped with a 14k gold nib in F, M, B sizes and a vacuum filling system that can easily hold up to 2ml of ink per fill, which is more than a decent amount of ink for the entire day.

Sailor 1911 Realo

Sailor has long held a reputation for their  superbly crafted fountain pens as well as for their extremely fine nibs, that’s why the Sailor 1911 Realo, one of the most popular pens created by Sailor is also on our list. For EUR 391 you get a 21k gold nib that comes in an array of sizes such as extra fine, fine, medium fine, medium, broad, music and zoom, a piston filling mechanism that holds around 0.9 ml of ink and a classic cigar-shaped body. This is not a pretentious pen and works perfectly for everyday use. Its understated design will win over any pen aficionado.

Montblanc Meisterstuck 149

Perhaps the most iconic fountain pen in the world, the Meisterstuck 149 is the quintessence of elegance and perfection. In terms of construction, it has a highly polished precious resin body that shines beautifully in the light. There are two versions available, one with gold-coated ornaments and the other with platinum-coated trim. The platinum-coated version costs EUR 740 and for this price you get a solid pen with an impressively large nib made of 18k gold and a piston filling mechanism. Why is this pen a great everyday writer you may ask. Well, besides the history behind it, the German craftsmanship and the overall quality, the writing performance it delivers is on another level. 

Otto Hutt design08

Recently launched, the Bauhaus inspired fountain pen is already on its way to becoming the most popular pen among designers and minimalism enthusiasts. Masterfully designed by Mark Braun and precisely assembled by Otto Hutt’s craftsmen, the pen has an understated look and the focus is clearly on functionality and performance. Let’s see what one gets for EUR 1116: a well-proportioned design and a really solid construction along with a revolutionary filling mechanism developed by Otto Hutt (Pull+Twist system) and a nib made of 18k gold available in EF, F, M and B sizes. This is by far the cleanest design and boldest approach and we recommend it for everyday use not only for its performance but also for its ability to adapt to diferent contexts.

Montegrappa Extra 1930

Often called “the Montegrappiest pen of them all”, the Extra 1930 is inspired by a design born over 80 years ago and has been the company’s brand-defining writing instrument not only for its iconic octogonal shape but also for its performance as well as for its incredibly solid construction. It is the most expensive in our list with a price set at EUR 1258 but it is also the most unique.

The fact that it is made of celluloid explains the higher price, as we all know how difficult and time-consuming the celluloid manufacturing process is. The smooth 18k gold nib provides a pleasant writing experience and the grip section on this one is so comfortable even for longer sessions. The pen comes equipped with a piston filling-mechanism which means you’ll have enough ink for the whole day. Enthusiasts of vintage pieces will really appreciate this everyday writer.

What is your favorite pen for everyday use and why? Let us know your preferences in the comments section. 

3 Comments

  1. Dominik @lordofthepen

    Nick, thank you for your great article about your top 5 fountain pens for every day use.

    My TOP 5 right now are the following:
    – Visconti HS Crystal Dream, huge ink capacity (~3,2ml), nearly unbreakable basaltic lava resin compound, big ink window, suitable for flights due to its double reservoir
    – Otto Hutt designC, the best design and quality you can for your money
    – Kaweco STERLING SPORT, perfect in pocket size, very good travel companion
    – Montblanc Meisterstück 149, you never can go wrong with this one
    – Platinum #3776, your next level pen with an affordable gold nib that rocks the paper
    BONUS but no fountain pen
    – Graf von Faber-Castell Perfect Pencil

  2. I personally use an Otto Hutt design08 and Montegrappa Zero Custom. 🔥

    • Brian Harrington

      My all time favourite pen is the ITALIX Captains Commission.
      Yes it’s only 70 odd UK pounds. It comes with a steel nib (but what a choice and all so smooth!!!). You can’t see the ink in it and it’s cartridge or converter only.
      BUT it is such a smooth, reliable pen, a specialist nib doesn’t double the cost of the pen, the feed is almost too good.
      So good that it is now almost my most expensive pen – having not used my Montegrsppa, Mont Blanc, Duofold etc for years in deference to the ITALIX. I simply sold them on to make space and funds for pens I would use.starting with a second one and a couple other models in the range.
      What a crying shame we are almost certainly going to lose the ITALIX range when the owner retires. Must stock up first…

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