Are you uncertain about fountain pens? Do you have bigger hands than I do, but still want an inexpensive fountain pen? The Pilot Varsity (Jet Pens, Goulet Pens, Amazon) is a disposable fountain pen that comes pre-filled with ink (7 colors) and is a great pen.
I like this pen. I don’t like it quite as much as the Petite due to my freakishly small hands, but it is reliable, writes well, does a pretty nice thin line, comes in great colors… there’s not much not to like about it.
I’ve had two problems with these in the past. If they leak, it makes a big mess and if you forget about them in a drawer they tend to dry out (over like… months, not super quick). Neither are really huge problems, but I seem to have a bad habit of leaving these in drawers for some reason, so I tend not to buy them often. Also, they are not refillable. When they are empty or dry out, that’s all she wrote.
- comes in good colors of ink
- smooth grip
- can dry out
Overall grade: A-
Super great starter fountain pen to see if you even like fountain pens. You can toss it in a bag and not worry about it. It’s not flashy, but it’s reliable and disposable.
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These were my intro to FPs. Great starter pens. And you actually can refill them, at least a few times. Use (soft grip) pliers to pull out the nib/feed. Use a syringe to refill with ink. Push the nib/feed back into place. Voila! Admittedly not the easiest, but good for knockaround pens.
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