These pictures come straight from my favorite store to buy fountain pens in the United States: Paradise Pen. We are so fortunate, in fact, as to have an actual store in the neighboring community. So I can visit in person. Where they know me as “the girl who always smiles” Because who wouldn’t be smiling in a pen store?!
The pen above is the Mont Blanc LeGrand. It is so ridiculously expensive that a.) a teacher has no reasonable justification in owning one and b.) they do not even list the price on their site. When I bought mine, in 1991, it was around $350.00 even then (or, the equivalent of about 15 Chanel lipsticks, take your pick). Worth the price? Then, certainly. Now? I’m not so sure. However, I bought it because it writes better than anything you can imagine.
Lamy’s Vista fountain pen in clear. (I like that you can see the ink as it disappears, and you’re not stuck with a dry pen unawares.) This pen is $30.00, and you can buy it in clear as shown, or red, blue, or yellow. I have the yellow one because it’s so darn cheerful.
You can buy little cartridges of ink refills, in all kinds of colors, for about $5.oo per box of 6.
And, if you REALLY don’t know if you like fountain pens or not, you can invest in this little guy: This is a Pelikan Junior, which all the little German school children use. It costs $10.95, and it also comes in blue, yellow, green or red. For the price you absolutely cannot beat it. It writes beautifully, and if you lose it who cares? It’s like the price of two Happy Meals. Or a gallon of gas.