Hi/Low: Fountain Pens

Stepping away from tech for a bit, I tested out two fountain pens: a cheap $25 Lamy and a $125 Delta.

InkyCynics will dismiss using a fountain pen these days as a needless hipsterism, a tacky bit of retro nostalgia that serves no real purpose. I disagree. A good fountain pen is a piece of precision engineering and design, and will serve you well for many years. Using a fountain pen is about making a deliberate choice to buy something that you can use repeatedly, rather than something you use once and loose. If you want to write casually, get a Bic disposable and throw it away when you’re done. But if you want to have something that looks cool and is a pleasure to use, get a fountain pen.


Richard Baguley has been writing about technology for over 20 years. He has written for publications such as Wired, Macworld, USA Today, Reviewed.com. Amiga Format and many others.

One thought on “Hi/Low: Fountain Pens

  1. haha. if it’s a vintage foniatun pen, i’d recommend any of the waterman pens because their workmanship and quality of the nib is high. The most ideal one (but rare) is a waterman52. If you like really really thin lines, wait for an extra fine nib to appear on his site. if you like normal thin lines, then look for a “fine”. Also look to see how wide it goes. He usually does a sample stroke. If you are still not satisfied with what you see on his blog, you could book it, then ask him further questions to satisfy any doubts. then buy. I could go on about pens. but i should stop!doublexuan, your drawings are simple and charming.

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