Top 25 Best fountain pens – Technical Chart

The Technical Chart below provides basic and technical information. I have concentrated on the 25 most iconic ones, the classics, the evergreens, in short to find the best fountain pens. It complements the Heritage Chart which concentrates on the production year and previous famous owners, here. It provides basic and historic information. People will have personal preferences for the best fountain pens, and in most cases if they have little knowledge about pens and they will base it on looks and price. We will try to inform with the history about the pens and our passion for this type of product .

The interactive chart below gives info really more on a technical level. Many pens have their story, some own their fame to a famous owners and some brands are there since more 150 years and have their own amazing history. These you can find in the articles and hopefully will help you find the best fountain pen for you.

Best Fountain Pens Comparison

Included in the matrix are 7 columns:

  • Best Fountain Pens pictures
  • Pen brand and name/model – (click to view more details or to purchase)
  • Length – of a capped pen, in inches and cms
  • Weight – of the capped body, in ounces and grams
  • Nib type & material – the type or material used for the nib
  • Material – this is the material used for the body of the pen
  • Price Rating – based on list prices. When available on Amazon they sells them very often at a reduced price. These change frequently based on availability, special promotions, and more. Price rating: $ = under $50, $$ = $50-150, $$$ = $150-300, $$$$ = $300+. If you live outside the US, then you will be directed to your closest Amazon store.

Click on any of the columns to sort the data to help make your decision easier.

Top 25 of the best fountain pens - length, weight, nib and material

picturebrandlength

(cm/inch)
weight

(grams/ounces)
nib


material


price


Waterman Hemisphere17.5
6.90
25.0
0.882
13 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
resin and steel combinations$$
Conklin Glider Chase14.0
5.46
23.0
0.811
18 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
resins,
different colors
$$
Parker Duofold13.1
5.11
28.0
1.500
16 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
black resin,
different trimmings
$$$$
Pelikan Toledo M70014.4
5.62
23.4
0.825
F, M, B
18 Kt solid gold, rhodium trim
resin and gold
or silver and
goldplated
$$$$
Kaweco Sport10.5
4.10
9.4
0.332
EF, F, M, B, BB
steel +
22Kt overlay
plastic,
aluminium,
carbon fiber
$
Onota Magna Classic13.9
5.42
25.0
0.882
15 grades
18 Kt solid gold, rhodium trim
high density acrylic,
gold plated and
silver finishings
$$$$
Pelikan Souveran14.0
5.46
41.0
1.446
10 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
resin,
gold plated
trims
$$$$
Parker 51 special edition12.0
4.68
naEF, F, M
18 Kt solid gold
& platinum
resin, and
sterling silver
$$$$
Caran d'Ache Ecridor10.7
5.62
25.0
0.882
11 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
solid brass,
silver and
rhodium coatde
$$$
`Sheaffer Sagaris13.2
5.15
31.0
1.093
14 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
resin, gold tone
or chrome plate
trim;
chrome or combi
$$
Aurora 8813.5
5.27
20.0
0.705
EF, F, M
14 Kt solid gold
& platinum
resin, gold
or silver plated
or chrome finish
$$$$
Sheaffer Legacy11.5
4.49
38.3
1.350
Inlaid 18Kt
gold
black resin or
22Kt gold, or
palladiam,
with gold or
pall. finish
$$$$
Lamy 200014.0
5.46
25.0
0.882
8 grades
14 Kt solid gold, platinum coated
fiberglass or
brushed steel
$$$
Sailor Kokutan14.2
5.54
18.0
0.635
19 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
wood$$$
Pelikan M15012.0
4.68
10.0
0.353
21 grades,
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
resin,
gold plated trims
$$
Cross Century II13.5
5.27
23.0
1.350
F, M, B
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
lacquer or
chrome or
silver
$$
Parker Sonnet Cisele14.6
5.69
30.0
1.058
F, M
18 Kt solid gold
925/1000
sterling silver
$$$$
Omas Bologna13.8
5.38
27.0
0.952
F, M
14 Kt solid gold & platinum
resin,
platinum plated
trim
$$$$
Conway Stewart Wellington14.0
5.46
38.0
1.340
8 grades
18 Kt solid gold
marbled resin,
gold trims
$$$$
Pilot Custom Heritage13.7
5.34
25.0
1.350
EF, F, M, B
14Kt Gold with rodium
transparant resin$$$
Montegrappa Lava14.5
5.66
25.0
0.882
20 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
volcanic lava, and
gold or
bronze trimmings
$$$$
Montblanc Meisterstuck13.6
5.30
32.0
1.129
17 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
black resin$$$$
Montegrappa Nero Uno14.3
5.62
34.0
1.199
12 grades
18 Kt solid gold,
rhodium trim
black resin,
yellow (or red)
gold trims
$$$$
Conway Stewart Churchill14.6
5.69
29.6
1.044
F, M, B, It. M
and B
18 Kt solid gold
black resin$$$$
Montegrappa Espressione13.4
5.23
naEF, F, M, B
18Kt Gold
mother of pearl
unfused resin,
sterling silver
trims
$$$

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