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The Best Fountain Pens Under $100

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Several Good Fountain Pens Under One Hundred Dollars...

The following is a range of quality fountain pens under $100, which are selected on the primary basis of their popularity & actual functioning as a solid, decent working fountain pen. The showcase tries to incorporate a slight range in pen 'aspects' & features (for instance their point type, to design, to weighting and grip type) -- so there should be a pen that at least somewhat appeals to you & if it isn't that exact model which is 'ideal' for you, then at least you will hopefully have a more thorough comprehension as to what you are after (whether you be buying the fountain pen for yourself or as a gift for someone else). 

The Sonnet Stainless Steel GT (med) By Parker

Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.6 x 0.6 inches | Weight: 7.7 Ounces  | Point Type: Medium Point | Rating: 4.5 out of 5 | Color: Stainless Steel Gold Trim | Warranty: Two Years |

Best for Note Taking

Parker Sonnet Stainless Steel GT Medium Point Fountain Pen
Amazon Price: $106.00 $70.00 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 23, 2013)

This model is particularly popular amongst university & college students (given that it is not too expensive i.e it is well under the $100 budget) who are needing a quality pen that is ergonomically designed (due to their continuous note taking) & is sufficiently durable (rather than using tacky biro pens that last you a week). As you can see from the specifications above, the pen is pretty solid (being well balanced in your hand) and with regards to its handcrafted design (as you can see from the image below) it has a smooth stainless steel, satin finish as well as a 23k gold plated nib. As expected with a Parker pen, the ink flows smoothly with it being extremely rare to come across 'scratches' from the nib.

The Century II Classic Black (with 23 Karat) Fine Point By Cross

Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 5.3 inches | Weight: 8 ounces  | Point Type: Fine Point | Rating: 4.9 out of 5| Color: Black Gold Trim | Warranty: Two Years |

Best For 'The Money'

For those who are wanting a premium fountain pen, at a (relative) bargain price... the century 2 is very likely to be your model. This extremely well regarded pen and writes very well even straight after you have 'inked it' with it being sufficiently wet enough to not skip yet won't leak either, allowing for a smooth & enjoyable operation. It has a bit of weight behind it which is very much a subjective matter, but you do have a decent amount of control -- due to its comforting build. As you can see, it is an absolute beauty to behold as well (certainly right up my street, in how a pen should look).

The M200 (Marble) Fine Point By Pelikan

Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 0.2 inches | Weight: 8 ounces  | Point Type: Fine Point  | Rating: 4.2 out of 5 | Color: Green Marble/Black Gold Trim | Warranty: Two Years |

Best For Calligraphy

Pelikan M200 Fountain Pen Green Marble Fine (994095)
Amazon Price: $130.00 $91.45 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 23, 2013)

A favorite & classic with infused calligraphers, this M200 (available in sleek black or a green marbles) carries on the Pelikan brand's distinctive design (with 24k gold rings etc.) and practical ink transparent chamber. The pen runs ultra smooth and consistently, with no breaks in the ink (with the pen being able to also interchange whole range of nibs are on offer from very fine to thick) or leakage. A particular asset with this pen is its consistency and quality -- this pen will last you for a long time and its overall finish will still be to the highest standard. "If one were stuck on a desert island with just one pen, this would be it" - S.W.Galer.

The (black) Hemisphere (Gold Trim) Medium Point By Waterman

Dimensions: 6.9 x 2.7 x 1.5 inches | Weight: 6.4 ounces | Point Type: Medium Point  | Rating: 4.8 out of 5 | Color: Black Gold Trim | Warranty: Two Years |

Best For Beginners

Waterman Hemisphere Black GT (Gold Trim) Fountain Pen Medium - 1782290
Amazon Price: $93.00 $74.40 Buy Now
(price as of Oct 23, 2013)

This is what I regard as the go to entry level fountain pen (which is perfect for beginners -- perhaps because it was my first, so I might be slightly biased). It offers nothing too fancy, a basic fine or medium point pen with a subtle gold 23k plate which just promotes that essence of classical simplicity. The ink flow is smooth and follows every swift and sweeped motion -- with no spoils to be worried about. In all, just a quality model which acts a great marker to progress from as it allows you to see what you want 'more' & 'less' of in a pen for your next model.

Which fountain pen will you acquire and why?

Also, if you have any queries, remarks or concerns regarding either the overview & showcase of the best fountain pens under $100 or about any of the pens that have been specifically mentioned above (e.g. any other features like that of the point types, dimensions, weight etc.) then please do not hesitate to make them in the comments section just below and we will be sure to respond to you as soon as possible.



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