It has come to this: my passion for fountain pens requires its own page.

I don’t know when it began. From a very early age, I was fascinated with stationery, particularly office supplies. As a child, I learned calligraphy, so I must have owned my first fountain pen then. It didn’t turn into a full-blown passion until 2003, and I’m still not sure why.

Despite all this, I am not snooty about writing instruments; I appreciate any pen that provides a compelling tactile experience. I love to talk pens with anyone, so ask me anything.


EDC stands for “every day carry” so these are the pens I use daily.

My Collection

These are the pens that I don’t use as regularly, in alphabetical order by company.

Grail Pens

Like the Holy Grail, a “grail” pen is something I’ll search for my whole life and likely never possess. It’s good to dream!

Useful Links

Inexpensive Fountain Pen Favorites

  • TWSBI Eco: my current top recommendation for beginners
  • Lamy Safari: recommended for beginners, both right- and left-handed
  • Pelikan Future: cartridge only, steel nib
  • Pilot Petit1: mini-sized, refillable, and only $5
  • Pilot Varsity: disposable, fine and medium nibs, variety of colors (purple is my favorite)

Awesome (and Alphabetized) Ink

See Glenn’s Pens for lots more.

Stationery & Notebooks

Fountainless Pens

  • Fisher Space Pen: the ballpoint that writes upside-down and through butter
  • Pilot G-2 0.7mm: my favorite gel pen now that the Papermate Gel-Writer is extinct