All tagged under $50

Pen Review: TWSBI Go

TWSBI is a popular brand in the budget fountain pen category. In fact, one of their most popular pens, the TWSBI Eco, is consistently recommended as among the best options for new fountain pen users. So when TWSBI introduced its newest pen last week, I had no choice but to give it a go.

Fountain Pen Revolution Darjeeling Review

When searching for budget-friendly fountain pens with flex nibs, most people immediately turn to Noodler's. Fountain Pen Revolution may be a lesser-known brand, but after using several of their pens, I've been rather impressed with the bang-for-the-buck they offer. So when I saw that they offer a flex nib pen for under $20, I had to see if it was my cup of tea.

Pilot Metropolitan Review

The Pilot Metropolitan is one of the first fountain pens I ever purchased. It’s widely hailed as one of the very best budget options and, for many, it serves as a point of first impression on fountain pens as a whole. Now that I’ve had a chance to experience plenty of other pens, it’s time to revisit the Metropolitan and see if it retains the charm that originally lured me to it.

TWSBI Eco Review

When I think “budget piston-filler,” the TWSBI Eco immediately springs to mind. With its clear demonstrator body and affordable price tag, the Eco has plenty of appeal for both new and experienced fountain pen users. So how does it stack up?

Kaweco Sport Review

Fountain pens and pockets don’t always play nicely together. Depending on your everyday carry setup, you can find yourself with a scuffed-up pen, or worse yet, an inky surprise. The Kaweco Sport seeks to buck that trend by offering a capable pen that’s also pocket-friendly.  So does it have what it takes to earn a place in your pocket? 

Faber-Castell Loom Review

The Faber-Castell Loom is frequently hailed as a fourth option to the Safari/Eco/Metropolitan triumvirate of budget fountain pens. Though many are quick to praise the LAMY, TWSBI, and Pilot offerings, Faber-Castell seems to attract less attention. Should that be the case? Or does the Loom have what it takes to earn its own place among the budget fountain pen elite?

Nemosine Fission Review

The matter of “best budget fountain pen” seems to be well-settled: ask a fountain pen enthusiast to recommend a good entry-level pen for beginners and you will invariably be met with some combination of “LAMY Safari,” “TWSBI Eco,” or “Pilot Metropolitan.” Certainly, there are other challengers worth considering, but is the Nemosine Fission one of them?