After a few budget ($25 range) fountain pens that turned out to be less satisfying than I had hoped, I’m thinking that its time I break past my previous price barrier into a higher-end fountain pen. I’ve never broken the $100 threshold on a fountain pen but I’m wondering if it would be worth it to do so. The idea of better build quality and 14K nibs certainly appeal to me.
As I’ve been researching and browsing, I’ve come up with a list of requirements: I prefer smaller fountain pens, not larger pens best weighed in pounds or kilos. I like fine nibs but some super fine Japanese nibs have not worked for me in the past so something in the range of a European fine or Japanese FM or M. I prefer classic (bordering on vintage) good looks and I’d prefer silver accents on caps and clips but that isn’t a make or break for the right pen.
There are several I’m considering but I hoped you, my fine readers, would have some recommendations. So, here’s what I’m considering:
- Pelikan M205 ($140): available in three colors (black, white, red), EF or F nib, stainless steel nib, piston filler
- Sailor Professional Gear Slim ($156): available in four color options, 14K gold nib, fine or medium, cartridge or converter. Ink of Me Fondly makes me seriously consider the purple one.
- Pilot Custom 92 Skeleton ($247): available in 14K gold nib, F, FM, M or B nib, piston filler. Alternately, the Custom 74 ($160)
- Platinum 3776 Sai Clear Demonstator ($216): available in F, FM, M or B nib, 14K nib, converter or cartridge
Of these four, three are Japanese and include the potential covet-worthy gold nib. I’ve always loved the classic good looks of the M205 and it is the least expensive in this list but its a steel nib.
Does anyone have any experience with any of these or a recommendation for me?