7-pack of disposable fountain pens in assorted colors for $12


#1

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#2

Yay fountain pens. I recently dipped my toe into that world with the Pilot Preppy which is a step up from those and uses cartridges but is under $5. I am liking it very much.


#3

Disposable means cheap? Or non-refillable?


#4

Single use plastic is kinda the enemy, a few bucks more will get you a refillable one


#5

Non refillable and ink tends to go a lot quicker in a fountain pen. So yes if you are wanting some reuse there are better options out there that are really not that much more expensive. Or a whole lot more expensive if you are feeling spendy.

That said these are a nice option to see if you really like them over ballpoint or gel pens.

ETA : These are also easy to dump in the the recycle bin vs. the trash if that is an option where you live so one use yes but not awful depending.


#6

Did Zaphod stumble on a new planet?


#8

Yay, Earth Day!


#9

I’ve had a set of these pens for six months now, and they are trivial to clean and refill with just a pair of pliers and an eyedropper. Just add your favorite ink.


#10

I bought a set of those a few years ago. The ink was watery and useless. Unusable for any real writing.


#11

Please could you favour reusable and refillable products? And, even better, those not made of plastic!


#12

Until you have to throw away an expensive shirt or jumper into which a refillable fountain pen has relieved itself.


#13

Nothing to stop that happening with a disposable


#14

And why would it do that?

Everyone used fountain pens at my school from grades 2 to 8, and I don’t remember any ruined shirts. The shirts wouldn’t have been expensive, but we’re talking about 20+ kids using the things in parallel.

Fountain pens are standard for school kids in Austria, so the market for refill cartridges is well-developed. A disposable fountain pen, however, is an entirely new concept for me.

That’s how it was done when my grandmother was young. Minus the pliers.

I’m currently using a €30 Faber-Castell; and it is more fun to write with than any €5 fountain pen I’ve had. Twice the fun for six times the price.
And I guess, if I were to cough up €500 for a “Graf von Faber-Castell” fountain pen, I could improve my experience by at least another 10%. But then, they also offer a pencil for €190.


#15

Pilot metropolitan is a great step up.


#16

The wife has a collection of Lamy Safari’s and Pilot Metropolitans and a few others. I picked up the Preppy after using her .5 one for a few days and I wanted a thinner line so I got myself a .3. It really is a nice pen for under $5, it writes well and is cheap enough if I lose it then no big deal.

I recently got a not sure what brand at Daiso for $1.50 it isn’t as nice but fair enough for the price.

I am not quite ready to spend on fancier pens yet but I have drooled over a few.


#17

Dunno about the colored ink, but I use the black one. As a lefty who drags his hand across freshly completed text, this is one of the few pens (of any type) that dries fast enough to not smear.

I’m sure that I could find some refillable ink that fits the bill, but I write so seldomly that it’s not really worth the investigation. I get like a year out of each disposable pen.

I generally agree about disposable plastic, but this doesn’t really qualify as single use at least.


#18

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