For over half a century after the first modern fountain pen was created by Lewis Waterman in 1884, fountain pens were used for writing everything from grocery lists to historic treaties. Even in the age of ballpoint pens and word processors, fountain pens retain an undeniable allure. Read on to learn the important things to consider when choosing a fountain pen, or jump ahead to see our specific fountain pen recommendations.
Ink is the lifeblood of any fountain pen, and it comes in two forms: a cartridge and a bottle. The cartridge is slimmer and more portable, but lacks the color selection and size of the classic glass bottle. If you want to try strange and wonderful colors like Rouge Hematite and Peacock, or just want to find the ultimate shade of black, you'll probably need a fountain pen converter.