Fountain-pens

Lamy LX Fountain Pen

If you're going to commit a thought to paper, every word you write should feel important. When you use a fountain pen, they do—whether they're crucial notes for a project or just a simple shopping list. In the EDC crowd, Lamy fountain pens are a favorite for their minimal designs and quality performance. The new Lamy LX (as in, “luxe”) series is based on their tried-and-true Al-Star aluminum fountain pen, but swaps in premium metal hardware for a more polished EDC option.

Everything that makes the aluminum version of the pen great is still there, like the triangular grip that promotes proper hand positioning while writing and a reliable ink cartridge/converter filling system. And while the LX stays true to Lamy's minimalist style, it has a few special details that lend to its refined look. The LX ditches plastic accents for precious metal plated ones. The nib has a bit more decoration on it, including laser engraving for visual flair, and PVD coating for extra durability. The pen comes with a single blue cartridge to write with out of the box, but you can pick up a converter to use any bottled ink you want.

If gold isn't your style, the LX is available in dark grey ruthenium, a bright silver palladium, and an attractive rose gold finish too. Each pen comes in a collectable aluminum tube that doubles as a pen stand for your desk. Grab a Lamy LX from Amazon at the link below.

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Piuma Fountain Pen

"Designed to be amongst the most minimal of writing instruments, the Piuma Fountain Pen is stripped of all extraneous features. The pen’s body is machined of either aluminum, brass, or titanium billet to a smooth rounded contour that’s continuous with its cap. The latter goes on and comes off quickly thanks to wide threading and reveals an interchangeable German-made Bock nib in either polished or matte black…" (via GearHungry)

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Lamy Safari Fountain Pen

Want a cool pen for everyday carry, but looking for a change of pace from the all-too-common ballpoint? If you're after an entirely different writing experience—one that's smoother and can even improve your penmanship—pick up a fountain pen. As far as those go, the Lamy Safari is one of the best EDC-ready options out there for both beginners and experienced users alike thanks to its versatility and no-frills functionality.

The Lamy Safari has several features that make it a great place to start for first-time fountain pen users. You can easily swap out the nib (the part that you write with) for one that's broader or finer, letting you dial in your preferred line width without having to buy multiple pens. Its beginner-friendly triangular grip even guides your hand to hold it the right way for the smoothest writing experience. The pen fills with ink via convenient cartridges, or a converter (a piston mechanism that allows you to use bottled ink) that provides even more ink color options.

The Safari's lightweight, sturdy ABS plastic body and unique steel wire clip make it ideal for everyday carry in a shirt or pants pocket and even clipped to a notebook cover. Check out this modern classic via the link below.

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Nova Minimal Fountain Pen

A fusion of the classic fountain pen with contemporary, unadulterated design, you’d never guess that the Nova Minimal Fountain Pen hid a fountain nib under its screw on cap. Each Nova is precision machined from either a solid block of titanium or aluminum, the latter in either Comet Grey or Stain Black, for a stunning yet simple aesthetic…

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Pilot Namiki Vanishing Point Copper Fountain Pen

Pilot's premium Namiki collection gets a touch more class with this limited edition model featuring a copper-colored barrel with Rhodium accents. As with all Vanishing Point models, the 18k Rhodium-plated nib retracts with a click of the top knock button, protecting it from bending or leaking into your pocket and allowing for fine writing without sacrificing portability. Only 2014 units were made of this copper model, so if you're looking for something unique in your fountain pen experience, the Vanishing Points may be for you.

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LOCLEN "Tiny" Pocket Fountain Pen

Many fountain pens are inconvenient to EDC by design, ultimately ending up on desk duty. The team at LOCLEN hope to change that with Tiny, a pocket fountain pen envisioned to be a portable, minimalist pen carry when closed, but balanced and fully-featured as a writing instrument when open with its cap posted. Tiny is 3.74 in. (95 mm) long, weighs 0.95 oz (27 g), is manufactured out of C360 brass, and is equipped with premium Bock nibs that take Pelikan 4001 or similar short ink cartridges. Backers have until January to pledge for a Tiny, with a number of additional and customizable features such as body finish, cap shape, clip, and a handmade Italian case, giving you plenty of options for the on-the-go fountain pen experience that's right for you.

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