Employee Picks

As you may well imagine, there are many wonderful pens, inks, and books available here at Classic Fountain Pens. But what makes a particular pen or ink stand out when you are surrounded by them daily? Read on to find out what the Nibsters love best and why.


Fountain Pen Ink Book

Sailor Pro Gear Realo Yellow & Black LE Platinum mix free ink kit Fountain Pens of Japan

Fountain Pen: The color, the piston filler and of course the unbeatable Sailor nib makes this Classic Fountain Pens Sailor Pro Gear Realo Yellow and Black Limited Edition 22nd Anniversary pen John's top choice.

Ink: Platinum mix free ink kit. John enjoys mixing colors to get exactly the hue he wants. When Sailor discontinued their Red Brown, he was able to match it pretty closely. Why stick to one color when the entire palate is available?

Nib: Sailor Medium/Fine 14k nib." I just finished testing another Sailor Medium/Fine rhodium plated 14K nib with ink on paper. Several things impress me. It was both smooth and reasonably fine (the same size as the Pelikan Extra-Fine point).

Sailor has the most profoundly involved relationship with nibs of any company I know of. Besides an amazing range of specialty nibs, they offer a finely tuned range of practical nibs in the smaller sizes from Extra Fine, an accountant's delight, to Fine, to Medium/Fine, all falling below most Western manufacturers tips rated at Fine.

These are the practical nibs capable of note taking, marginalia and not likely to blot on poor paper. For me, with my aging eyes, the Medium/Fine achieves a perfect balance between legibility and smoothness. Anything smaller begins to be hard to read without optics and is just not as smooth. This nib, because of the cut, glides across the paper on its own hydroplane.

We offer this nib both in solid 14K gold and for the same price a rhodium plated 14K that fits into the Sailor Sapporo and Sapporo Mini as well as the Mid-size fountain pens.

If ever there was a smooth practical writer's nib, this is it."

Book: Fountain Pens of Japan has taught John that there is a big world of fountain pens that he did not know existed. The pictures are beautiful and the history fascinating.


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Nakaya Long Cigar Moon J. Herbin Poussiere De Lune

Fountain pen: Nakaya Long Cigar Moon with an Extra Fine nib. An aspirational pen and flashier than my usual style, I still find this pen to be an irresistible example of Nakaya’s incredible craftsmanship.

Ink: J. Herbin Poussiere De Lune. A subtle grayish-purple with an appropriately lunar name.

Accessory: Field Notes Pitch Black Ruled Notebook. The classic pocket size is great for use on the go, but I love the new larger size—still compact enough to take with you, but nicer than the original for desk use.


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Namiki Emperor Maneki-neko LImited Edition Pilot Iroshizuku in Yama-budo Fountain Pens of Japan

Hopefully the collection of Maneki Neko figurines I have will bring me enough luck and prosperity to take the Namiki Emperor Maneki-neko LImited Edition home someday! The Maki-e detail is extraordinary and the Mt. Fuji nib would look great with an architect's point. I'd fill it with Pilot Iroshizuku in Yama-budo. I've been using it lately and was pleasantly surprised by the color- not purple, not red, not burgundy, but something in between them all. I can browse through Fountain Pens of Japan and day dream while I save my pennies for the day I can bring my Namiki home.


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Nakaya Desk Pen Aka-tamenuri Pilot Iroshizuku Fuyu-Syogun Sailor Five Pen Collection Case

Fountain Pen: I've been using my Nakaya Desk Pen in Aka-tamenuri for a long time now and it is still my daily go to here at the shop. It sits on my desk in the matching Desk Pen Stand.

Ink: Old Man Winter sounds rather appropriate since we've finally dropped out of the triple digits here in Sounthern California. Fuyu-Syogun is a grey that gradates and shades beautifully.

Accessory: The Sailor Five Pen Collection Cases haven't arrived yet and I don't think my Desk Pen will fit in one but I'm really excited for them to arrive! Can't wait to see how my daily carry nestles into this spacious case.


Fountain Pen Ink Book

Nakaya Naka-ai Writer in Aka-tamenuri Sailor Kiwa-Guro Reparacion de Estilograficas

Pen: My everyday go-to pen here in the Classic Fountain Pens office is the Nakaya Naka-ai Writer in Aka-tamenuri. The tapered shape and warm ebonite feel are classic Nakaya. Though not technically a desk pen, the Naka-ai fits perfectly in the Nakaya Deskpen stand, making it ready to write the moment I reach for it…

Ink: This choice never changes - my favorite ink is still Sailor Kiwa-Guro in either cartridges (when using my Sailor 1911) or in bottles (when using pens from other manufacturers). Smooth-flowing, fast-drying, and very safe for everyday usage, it’s the perfect ink for a lefty like me who also doesn’t clean his pens as often as he should…

Book: Jim Marshall and Laurence Oldfield’s “Pen Repair” is a great read - the information on design, engineering, and maintenance is fascinating even if you never plan on repairing a pen yourself. The new Spanish translation, "Reparacion de Estilograficas,” is a terrific publication whether Spanish is your primary language or you’re just looking to brush up on your Spanish language reading skills. In either language, it’s a terrific book...


Fountain Pen Ink Accessory

Nakaya Portable Writer Sumiko Skull

Portable Writer Sumiko Skull Shin-Ryoku Sword Rack

Fountain Pen: Nakaya discovered a portkey, traveled to Knockturn Alley, procured their Portable Writer Sumiko Skull pen straight out of Borgin and Burkes - and you cannot convince me otherwise.

Ink: Pilot Iroshizuku in Shin-Ryoku. Slytherin green.

Accessory: Nakaya Fuki-Urushi Horizontal Sword Rack. When you've got a skull on the cap ofyour pen, you're going to want to stare at it all day.


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Sailor 1911 Midsize Fresca Blue Platinum Lavender Black Field Notes Coastal

Fountain Pen: Sailor 1911 Midsize Fresca Blue. This is a gorgeous shade of blue and the pen fits perfectly in my hand.

Ink: Platinum Lavender Black. I love writing with this ink, the color changes as it dries to a deep plum red.

Accessory: Field Notes Coastal limited editions. Perfect size for traveling, catchy metallic gold detail, and who doesn’t love the beach?!