[Finished] Sheaffer Legacy II Giveaway

Sheaffer Legacy II

I picked up my first Legacy II back in August, and I’ve been falling in love with the pen more and more over the last several months. This pen for this giveaway, which was generously provided by Vanness Pens, is the black Sheaffer Legacy 2 with an 18k Gold Medium Inlaid nib.  You can see my full review of the pen here. In fact, I like the pen so much, that I’ve already ordered another black version of the pen to replace the one I’m giving away in this review. The winner of this pen is going to be very, very lucky!

Terms & Conditions: The prizes for this giveaway were provided free of charge by Vanness Pens and Inky Fingers LLC. Giveaway ends November 5, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT. Winners will be selected at random by Rafflecopter.com and verified by The Pen Habit. Winner will have 72 hours to respond before prize is forfeited and a new winner is selected. Inky Fingers LLC will be responsible for shipping all prizes. Neither Vanness Pens nor The Pen Habit/Inky Fingers LLC will be responsible for prizes that are not received by winner. No purchase necessary to enter. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information to The Pen Habit only. I do not share or sell personal information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner unless otherwise specified.


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  • Joshua Lo

    My first serious fountain pen was the Pilot Kakuno (prior to its US introduction. In total I have 3 now) though I also bought an Ohto Dude at the same time. My first fountain pen in the truest sense would be a cheap Daiso fountain pen (the one that they had before the version that Goulet Pens is currently carrying)

  • Vlad Ardeleanu

    Besides the Chinese pens I used on school, in 2013, when I got a Conway Stewart Capulet to for signing papres at my new job.

    • Lisa

      Impressive! Conway Stewarts were great pens!

  • MKR

    My first fountain pen was one of those Sheaffer school pens, and my first serious fountain pen was a Sheaffer 444.

  • Jose Manimala

    Matt you need to update the name in the Terms and Conditions

  • Kaiser Venzon

    I got my first fountain pen when I was in 3rd grade and it was a Sheaffer Flat top. Even when I was a kid I loved to write.

  • That inlaid nib its beautiful. Thanks for the chance

  • Elcheb

    I get my very first fountain pen when I was learning to write, at school, age 5 or 6. I don’t remember exactly wich one it was, but I think it was a cheap Waterman 🙂

  • Hazem Safwat

    I got my first fountain pen on 25/1/2016 it was a Jinhao 159 from the local store in Egypt.

  • AJ

    My actual first fountain pen was a disposable one that i didn’t have a great experience with. My first serious fountain pen was Jinhao x750 that I got about 5 months ago. I gradually have been getting other “starter” pens like the Pilot Metropolitan and the Lamy Safari. Looking to expand my collection!

  • Dan Kim

    I got my first fountain pen in 3rd grade. It was a very cheap Online fountain pen, with what probably was a medium nib.

  • Jan Scott

    First fountain pen was an italic blue one when I was about 8. Back in the dark ages so I can’t remember the brand. Probably Parker. You were allowed to write in pen (not ballpoint) rather than pencil when you proved you could write neatly.

  • anaximander70

    I got my first fountain pen almost ten years ago. It was a Levenger True Writer. It wasn’t a bad pen, but not the pen for me.

  • Timothy Cawthorne

    I have not been using fountain pens for long. My first was a Parker Urban that I purchased with a gift set about a year ago.

  • kelvin

    I got my first fountain pen about the end of 2015. It was a black pilot metropolitan which i adore. The next pen i’m aiming to get is the pilot e95s which has an inlaid nib which really captured my eye. I just love the design of pens with an inlaid nib.

    • Ramiro LS

      My first fountain pen was also a Metropolitan, it was like a gateway drug for Pilot pens 😉 since then I’ve bought a Prera, a Plumix, a Custom Heritage 91 and all the Parallels, I curse you Pilot Metropolitan!

  • kelvin

    I got it last year around christmas a pilot metropolitan black

  • Charly Burleson

    I got my first fountain pen about a year and a half ago. I was trying to improve my handwriting and a friend got me looking at nicer gel and rollerball pens. I saw the Pilot Plumix and was fascinated. My husband couldn’t understand why I wanted to spend that much on a pen. Many more fountain pens later he understands! No the whole family loves them!

  • Kyle Parsons

    My first fountain pen was a Pelikan Pharo when I was in 9th grade. Still have it today. Thank you for the entry Mr. Armstrong!

  • R. N.

    I used to write with a Sheaffer 444 a few years ago.

  • Ted

    I acquired my first fountain pen in 1979, a Sheaffer school pen, at a stationery shop in Philadelphia. I still have it.

  • Jerry

    When I was a freshman in college, I found a cheap fountain pen an office supply shop. It was terrible and it took more than a decade before I tried fountain pens again.

  • Geneviève

    I got some fountain pens with a “calligraphy” set when I was a kid, but my first real fountain pen was a Lamy Safari Apple Green that I bought in 2014.

  • Nathan Weston

    I got my first fountain pen at school when I was 11 – a Parker Jotter, still a UK school classic!

  • Dan Smith

    Christmas 2015

  • Andy

    I got my first fountain pen on May 28, 2016. My brother gifted me a Pilot Metropolitan.

  • Davide Consolini

    I got my first fountain pen in an extremely common way. After watching a couple of videos on YouTube I ordered my Black Safari, which I still use with its Lamy Blue-Black.

  • John Kiddier

    I got my first fountain pen when I was about 10, they were given out by the school to all the new starters at the beginning of the new term (semester). Looking at Google images it seems it was a Sheaffer Lady, unless they did another version with the same nib style! A bit strange as I was at an all boys school at the that time

  • Smithman

    I believe my first fountain pen (probably a Sheaffer cartridge pen) was in junior high school-about 55 years ago. I got back into it about almost two years ago when I picked up a Pelikan Ywist and a couple of Jinhaos. Boy–pens sure multiply rapidly in two years!

  • 57721

    I got my first fountain pen in, I think, second grade in primary school (luckily, fountain pens were mandatory), and it was a Lamy ABC, successor of my Lamy ABC mechanical pencil (pencils were mandatory in first grade). Back then, Lamy ABCs still had hard plastic grips. I guess we were made of sterner stuff back then… ☺

    That started a 10–15 year streak of using only Lamy fountain pens (ABC → Safari → Al-Star) and blue Lamy cartridges.

  • Vojtěch Pimek

    I got my first good FP this summer, when I bought Sheaffer VFM, which I use daily now.

  • mberker

    My first pen was a ocean blue Lamy safari with a medium nib. It was 2 years ago

  • Nib Creep

    I got my first fountain pen the first year I went to school, back in socialist East Germany a few years before the Berlin Wall fell.

  • Ultimate Pixel

    Got my first one in primary school when I was around 7, since everyone has to write with a fountain pen during that period. Never switched to a ballpoint.


    I got my first fountain pen by accident without knowing what it was. I thought the seller said it was a ballpoint pen and since the price was cheap, I bought it. Little did I know this would start my journey to world of fountain pens.

  • Cosima Kafka

    My very first fountain pen was a Lamy ABC, probably at around agre 5 or 6. As far as fountain pens as a hobby goes, I bought a Pilot Metropolitan in April of this year to give them another whirl after years of disinterest because I had gotten inky fingers one too many times and was never allowed to use anything but boring school blues during , well, school. Now I have discovered the joy of bottled inks and my collection is growing!

  • Calle Lindström

    My first fountain pen that I got was a cheap Jinhao I bought from ebay just to check it out. Been hooked on them, thanks to you and sbrebrown ever since 😉

  • Arthur Foster

    My first fountain pen was the Pilot Metropolitan back in June of this year.

  • Minato Namikaze

    I got my first fountain pen 2 years ago. I bought it from a local bookstore. I don’t know the name of the pen and I didn’t even use fountain pen ink, but it’s been one of the best writing experiences I’ve ever had.

  • Alessandro Piazza

    I got my first serious fountain pen 2 years ago. Before i had some “school pens”, very cheap models and with no particoular features (most of them from Pelikan). Two years ago i’ve found a really good fountain pen that my father used to use many years ago: it’s a pen by Davide Tessori (old italian fountain pen brand, i think bearely known) with a 585 fine gold nib.

  • Larsson

    I received a Waterman Expert II as a gift from a friend back when I was in college, I would say probably 2006 or early 2007.

  • Marty

    My first fountain pen was in middle school quite a few years ago. It was a plastic Scheaffer school fountain pen.

  • Jani Pitkänen

    I got my first fountain pen several months ago. I think it was Jinhao x450.

  • Alexandre Sicard

    I got my first fountain pen (a white Lamy Safari EF) in 2013 when I first started working in the lab as a chemistry grad student. I wanted something to make my lab notes unique and distinctive, and the wide availability of interesting inks for fountain pens attracted me. Haven’t looked back since!

  • WF_cupcakegirl

    My very first fountain pen was one I bought at The Everythings $1 store in 1991. When I started I stopped using them as I kept running out of ink during classes.
    It was pure accident that I got back into fountain pens. I friend mentioned he used them and showed me a few of the pens in his collection – Pelikan M400 White Tortoise, Pilot Blue Carbonesque VP, a Pelikan M600 Red. I was immediately enamored with the beauty of the pens and etching on the nibs. Then to learn that there were hundreds and hundreds of ink colors, I was sold and to buy my first Pilot Metropolitan and a set of Preppies.

  • Jumper

    I started relearning and practicing my cursive while in my final year of college. I found that if I took all my notes in cursive I was less likely to fall asleep as I was more engaged than typing on a laptop.

    Fast forward to when I started my post graduation career. I found myself frustrated with the thick line widths of the rollerballs I was using for note taking; they were causing the letters in my thin, spindly cursive to merge together. I ended up Google searching for pens with thin points. In this endeavor I discovered that people not only still used fountain pens, but that there was an actively engaged community. This community helped me pick out my first pen, a TWSBI 580 with Noodler’s Black ink.

  • otak1

    I was 12 and it was a part of present from the friend from France. I wish to find this pen now, but where is it? Something called NEWMAN with gold plated steel M nib on international cartridges, the nib was with breather hole and no or simple decoration.

  • Gary Sereno

    Think I got my first one when I started senior school at 12 – would have been a Parker 25 (which I still have and use).

  • Bradley Weidemann

    When I was in the second grade, I struggled with handwriting because I am left-handed. My mother bought me a book about calligraphy, a dip pen, steel nibs, and India ink to encourage me to learn on my own. At some point, she also gave me a Sheaffer calligraphy set, which I still have.

  • Stephanie Jung

    My first fountain pen was a gift from my mother, her previous Waterman Phileas. It was blue and wide and great for a… I must’ve been between 10-12? I used it for journaling.

  • Diane Rodrigues

    My first fountain pen was given to me by my teacher in primary school. I live in Switzerland and 20 years ago we learned how to write with fountain pens. My collection is growing every since and I have never given up the ink!

  • mklages

    The Aurora Idea was my first fountain pen I purchased. This pen writes very well.

  • John May

    1st fountain pen, Parker 45 in the 1970’s for school exams…….

  • Erik K. Fritz

    In 1988, when I was a freshman in high school, I picked up a fountain pen. I have no idea of the brand, or even where I bought it. I think it was a cheap calligraphy pen, because I seem to recall it had an italic nib. I had no one guiding me on this journey, so I knew nothing of good paper. The pen bled and spread so much, I dropped it almost immediately. It took me almost 25 years to come back.

  • Zhe Zeng

    My first pen was a Pilot metropolitan and i got just 5 months ago . But since then i have been enjoying writing with a fountain pen. And yes i am addicted on writing with a fountain pen!!!

  • Taurean

    The inlaid nib is beautiful! I tried one a number of years ago and have been wanting a Legacy ever since. I’d love to add a Legacy to my collection!
    Yes, please…one in black would be perfect!

  • John-Christopher Reilley

    I got my first fountain pen about a year and a half ago, a chrome Cross Bailey. Sadly, I don’t have it anymore, but within the space of a year I’ve gotten just about 20 pens, most of them vintage, and have loved every second of it!

  • Banocka Brunette

    when did I get my first fountain pen?.2015 got my first dip pen about 20 years ago. crazy. but thanks to your shows it really opens up my eyes to what is out there for fountain pens.

  • noahcap

    I got my first fountain pen in mid-2015. It was an old Parker 45 owned by my grandfather, passed to my father, passed to me.

  • John Patton

    My first fountain pens were Sheaffer School Pens, way back in the 1960s. Sheaffer pens are still my favorites!

  • Enoch Nicholson

    I got my first fountain pen about a year ago. It was a Sheaffer No Nonsense school pen that my physics teacher gave me to play around with. Ive been hooked ever since!

  • Luis A. Abril Romero

    My first true fountain pen, beside those I used in school, was the Lamy 2000. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ciaran Myers

    My first fountain pen was a Parker IM, Medium nib about 1 1/2 years ago. No converter, just cartridges. It took me a while to truly appreciate the hobby but now, I’m addicted!

  • Jim Cavanaugh

    July 13th 2015 it was a platinum preppy extra fine

  • AbdElRhman Zagloul

    Well it was a parker vector steel that my father gave me a long time ago.

  • Andy S.

    I got my first fountain pen, an all black Lamy Safari, after my classmate won the same model from a contest. I loved the look and the options different inks offered!

  • Pilgrim

    I got my first fountain pen in February of this year (2016), so I’m a newby and have learned a lot from your videos!
    Thank you!

  • BadassMcKill

    Well I got my first pen, a Parker Vector in around the 7th grade and I promptly lost it. I’ve rekindled my love for fountain pens in the last 2 years

  • Folkert

    I got my first fountain pen at primary school where we used them to learn how to write. However, it was school property, so my first personal fountain pen I bought only two years ago. This was a Parker Vector.

  • Tas Kyprianou

    Mine was a Sheaffer Tuckaway with a triumph nib. Fell in love with it via a photo on ebay then hook line and sinker when I started to write with it. All my “important” letters are usually written with this little thing.

  • Marek K.

    My very first fountain pen was a Sheaffer too, just less expensive version: model No Nonsense. Very simple yet functional.

  • Allen Van Camp

    I think it was sometime around 2003-2004. It was a Waterman Hemisphere I bought at (believe it or not) Office Depot and I wrecked it from the abuse of not knowing how to properly write with a FP (lack of a “light touch”). I still have that pen, after getting the nib bent back to proper angle, but it still just does not feel right.

    My current collection started about three years ago with a Lamy Logo.

  • john barrett

    my first fountain pen at all was a lamy al star in the blue color and that was my junior year in high school. I ended up leaving it in a class and when i came back for it it was gone.

  • nahlinse

    My first fountain pen was a Pelikan Pelikano that I got for my first day of school. I was still five years old.

    I have loved my fountain pens ever since and continued writing with them. My exams in senior high school (white Lamy Safari w/ black clip), at the university (Pelikan M200) and later when taking notes at work (numerous pens of different brands).

    I have been working in online communications for 17 years now and fountain pens are the perfect analog compensation for an overdose of computer work.

  • Dan Gilardi

    I got my first pen in 2008 as a graduation gift.

  • Max Schumacher

    I got my first fountatin pen, a Pilot Prera, back in June, and have since spent far too much money in the last 4 months.

  • yaakov tolwin

    I got my first fountain pen about half a year ago, when I decided to pick up a couple of jinhaos on Ebay. Turns out I really liked them, and here I am 7 months, 6 pens and a few hundred $$$ later.

  • Mitchell Graber

    Technically my first fountain pen was a Platinum Preppy. I bought three of them to see if I liked how they wrote and if so which nib size I performed. After a couple weeks with them I bought myself the Monteverde Invincia which I consider my first true fountain pen.

  • Felix

    i got my first serious fountain pen in second grade when i was learning to write, it was a white lamy safari, that i still own.

  • Ryan H

    I purchased a few cheap ones on ebay about 3 years ago. Didn’t work out well. Finally purchased some quality pens and I have been a fan ever since.

  • Aaron Zeng

    Wow, stunning! I got my first fountain pen (a Pilot Metropolitan) after having stumbled upon Brian Goulet’s excellent videos. This happened two years ago after I typed “fountain pens” into YouTube actually looking for videos about capillary action and what not, and I was surprised to discover that people still *used* fountain pens. No longer surprised after the switch over.

  • Renée Brozowski

    I got a pilot prera for my 17th birthday!

  • Sandra M.

    My fist fountain pen was a gift from my parents. It was a Parker Vector and they gave it to me as a graduation present in middle school. I’m now 24 and finishing up my graduate’s degree and it’s still a cherished part of my collection. I’ve learned so much about fountain pens since then, most of it during the past year. It’s been really fun so far and I really look forward to learning more.

  • Mark Bolohan

    I got my first fountain pen about three years ago. I started with a Lamy Safari, after that quickly getting a Lamy 2000 and a vintage Waterman 52 with an amazing flex nib within the next few months. My collection has been growing steadily ever since.

  • Dragan Jančić

    I didn’t. I’m looking on my local sites for a past month, as well as on flee market, but nothing nice came up. Except for vintage Kaweco licitation, which I lost in the last seconds… Maybe this Sheaffer will be my first?

  • Mihir

    I got my first fountain pen, a Sailor 1911 Young in September 2015…It’s a great pen!

  • Keon Jin

    My first fountain pen was the platinum preppy I got it last January (0.2). BTW got my second one today at a pen show (Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop Red Fine Nib)!

  • Lauren

    I got my first fountain pen in July of 2015. It was a Pilot Metro, which I still love!

  • Henrik QP

    I got my first fountain pen 1week ago

  • Marie-Paule Graham

    I’m just getting into vintage Sheaffer fountain pens, so I’ll be pretty happy if I’m lucky enough to win this. Thanks for the review.

  • PeanutBee

    My first fountain pen was a Retro 51. I’m still pretty new to it and I’m not sure if I even have a “serious” fountain pen in my collection yet, but my favorite is my Lamy Studio, and I’ve seriously been eyeing Pilot E95s as my first gold nib pen. I love the look of inlayed nibs.

  • scott d

    I got my first fountain pen in 2007 it was a black Lamy Safari with a fine nib, I used it primarily for journaling.

  • Andrew Turk

    I got my first to 5 years ago! It was a pilot varsity!!!!

  • Manuel Puente

    3 years ago, when I started my grad studies 🙂

  • Theadore Bundle

    First fountain pen was pilot metropolitan which i abused the hell out of

  • PS

    My first (and still only) fountain pen (A Parker Sonnet) was a 7th anniversary gift from my wife, just this year in May. I don’t think she expected me to become so enamored with them!

  • Taylor

    I got my first fountain pen February of this year – the pilot metropolitan. Shortly after, I got a TWSBI Eco based on Matt’s review.

  • kaysguy

    My first pen was an Esterbrook CF purchased for all of $1 at a local discount store in 1962 or 3.

  • Andy Le

    I got my first fountain pen (a metropolitan in medium) from my teacher/debate coach two years ago. He is also a pen lover with nice calligraphy (which I followed and learned from).

  • Hoc Nguyen

    My first real fountain pen was a Rotring Initial, that I bought on a whim over ten years ago. The writing issues I had with it turned me off fountain pens until the bug really got me two years ago. No looking back now…

  • woo jae jang

    i got my first pen when i was in year 7 for my secondary school. it was cheap parker pen but boy it lasted until today

  • Got in first fountain pen in April 2014 (Lamy Safari) and used it for a few months before being completely dragged down the rabbit hole!

  • Evan Adams

    My first fountain pen was a very cheap pen that was not refillable, it leaked, and the nib tore at the paper. It might have been 20 years ago now.

  • Abbey

    My first ever fountain pen was the manuscript calligraphy pen set.

  • Rodja

    I got my first fountain pen one year and a half ago. It was a Pilot Metropolitan!

  • Keith

    My first fountain pen was a school issue pen in 1990. A long blue one with a small black cap. Then we ‘graduated’ to cheap ballpoint pens. If only I knew then what I know now…

  • Giovanni Gasco

    You purchased your very first fountain pen on a lark in February of 2013, and I purchased my first fountain pen as a collector about two years ago (october 2014) as a gift for the incoming Architect state exam.

  • Ian Weis

    First fountain pen : Ordered an EF Lamy Safari in charcoal in 2014.

    Then, knowing nothing about the hobby at that time, I filled the converter with opaque calligraphy ink and suffered through weeks of constant feed problems before wising up, hitting the forums, and ordering a bottle of Apache Sunset.

    An embarrassing beginning to be sure, but every day since has steadily compounded my knowledge and tempered my patience. Also, my handwriting is actually legible now so that’s nice.

  • Dylan K.

    My first fountain pen was purchased in 2014, and was a Lamy Safari Charcoal in EF. That pen has since been moved out of rotation, but it still holds a special place in my heart. Thank you for the giveaway!

  • Mateusz Kraszewski

    Lots of chinese hero pens or Pelikanos at school. First pen I treated seriously was a Waterman Maestro which I got for my 18th birthday. 17 years on, I still use it and it writes like a dream!

  • Christian Haitz

    My first fountain pen was a Lamy Vista with a left handed nib that I purchased from Jetpens, however my first serious pen was probably a Lamy 2000 that I bought second hand from the Goulet Pen Company.

  • Stacy Snyder

    I have a Sheaffer pen with a gold nib and plastic body that belonged to my grandmother. It seems to take proprietary cartridges.

  • Susan J

    My very first fountain pen was a very basic, red, flat-top Sheaffer – a pen I purchased with my babysitting money when I was in junior high. I still have that pen, and it now has a few (too many) friends. Thanks for the opportunity to perhaps add another to the fold!

  • T. Fitz

    My first fountain pen was a cheap Jinhao with Diamine Royal Blue. My first “serious” pen was a Sheaffer TD from about 1942-1946. Thanks for the chance to win the Sheaffer!

  • Reagan Hamilton

    What a great giveaway. I got my first Fountian pen in college. A Lamy Safari in about 1993

  • Alexis Morelos

    My first fountain pen that I ever got and actually used was a black pilot metro, which was about a year ago. And a little bit later, I got a preppy, and noodler’s HoD, making it 3 pens I owned (3rd from the charlie pen that comes with HoD.)

  • Joseph Reuben

    My first FP was a Lamy Safari in neon yellow. A friend gifted it to me in February 2014. I have some 30 pens now!

  • David Banks

    I got my my first fountain pen in college, around 2000. I purchased a Waterman Phileas on a whim from Office Max or Office Depot.

  • Derwin Tom

    Sadly, based on your comments, my first fountain pen was a lamy. Moved up since then. Thanks Matt.

  • Eliza Niewęgłowska

    First time I used fountain pens was in elementary school in Saturday school. Fountain pens were effectively required, but I only got bad cheap pens and kept breaking nibs. So it wasn’t a great experience. BUT, now older and wise (I hope) I have been visiting stores and trying to find a good pen for myself. Maybe it’ll be this one! Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Larry

    My first fountain pens were in a Sheaffer calligraphy kit sometime in the mid-90s, my daily writer Pilot Metropolitan was in January 2016 to replace an awfully scratchy AL-star I got on Christmas day 2015.

  • Sophia Wong

    My first fountain pen was very recent. I started with a jinhao fountain pen and then moved on to the pilot metropolitan fountain pen soon afterwards.

  • David

    I had a Lamy Safari 20 years ago in high school, but nothing again until last Christmas.

  • Matthew Spencer

    My first fountain pen was a black cross bailey medium nin that i got in july of this year.

  • rdcalhoon

    I bought my first fountain pen, a Platinum Preppy, not quite three years ago.

  • Andrew Wolfson

    Here’s hoping.

  • Migs Cruz

    I got my first pen, a 0.5mm Platinum Preppy, last July.

  • David Lee

    My first fountain pen was in 2013 after graduating high school. As a grad gift, I chose a TWSBI Diamond 540 with some Noodlers Air Corp Blue-Black ink. I loved and still own that pen, but of course it ended up as the gateway to a vibrant community with too many lovely pens to choose from.

  • Lennart

    I got my first fountain pen in 2nd grade, I think. It was a blue Lamy abc with which my whole class learned to use a fountain pen after learning the basics of writing using a pencil.
    The Legacy II looks awesome.

  • arthur mcphee

    My first fountain pen was a Parker Junior around 1970, black and gold hardware that I still have today, and it’s still a beautiful if not small fountain pen.

  • Rachel Lalor

    My first fountain pen I actually received this year, just a few months ago. It’s a Pilot Prera in red and I really love it. Thanks so much for this chance!

  • lunar onion

    In Primary school.

  • Rafael R. Pappalardo

    I “stole” my father’s when I was 11 years old.

  • Ricky

    First fountain pen was the nemosine singularity, coral finish. Beautiful pen, the flaws you pointed out were evident once I started using it. Still a good pen, thank you vanness and matt for this giveaway opportunity.

  • mobalter

    In the 90’s in my middle school years I guess. It most probably was some Soyuz branded brushed steel pen.
    In the USSR cartridges were were virtually unobtainable. The pen was produced in then young Russia but was I suppose incompatible with cartridges and had old-school piston accessible by removing the barrel instead. I can’t recall anything about it’s nib. Section was made of some blue plastic that cracked after some time.
    It was fun though.

  • John Collis

    I got my first fountain pen when I went to Intermediate school, as it is called here in New Zealand, as I was being taught Cursive writing and my teacher insisted on us using fountain pens. I was 11 at the time, that being in 1975. (ancient history). It was a Platignum Silverline. I think I got another they one pretty quickly as a spare which was an Omiroid. I still have both pens, but they are not currently in a usable state. However the those pen I got the next year, was a Parker 45 and that still writes fine.

  • Lawrence Osborn

    My first fountain pen was a Conway Stewart lever-filler, which I was given when I started secondary school. Sadly the convenience of ballpoints meant that I never learned to appreciate and it was thirty years before I picked up another fountain pen (a Rotring Artpen). Since then I have become a convert and have a growing collection dominated by Pilot and TSWBI

  • Fredrik Nordström

    I got my very first fountain pen in 2002, when I was 18 years old. In Sweden we don’t use fountain pens in school, but I had read about them in a book and was intrigued. The first one was from Ballograf, but the ones that got me really into fountain pens were the Sheaffer Javelin and Parker 45 (modern version) which I bought within a year from the first pen.

  • Jack Clayton

    I got my first fountain pen in March 2014

  • Ron

    I got my first fountain pen whilst at junior school way back in 1965. Back then everybody at school had to write with either a fountain pen or a school provided dip pen. The pen was an Omiroid lever filler bought from the local newsagent. The ink was Stephens Ink provided by the school. It came as a powder which the “inkwell monitor” had to mix with water and top the ink wells in the desks.

  • Raphty

    intresting pen, im not yet into retro Fountainpens, my first pen I got was an Pelikan scoolpen back when I was 8 years

  • David Cariker

    My first pen was my Lamy Safari that I bought in my sophomore year of college. I still have it in my daily carry!

  • Graham Spiers

    I got a Pilot Metropolitan just a few months ago…

  • Kyle Katsinis

    My first was only a year or so ago: a Nemosine Fission M nib. I don’t use it much anymore, having ‘replaced’ it with a Monteverde Invincia stub.

  • Pascal Leers

    My first fountain pen was My Pelikan M200 Cognac. Even though years later I own a pen that cost 7 times as much, I still love it.

  • joe

    I bought a Pilot Metropolitan as my first pen

  • Oscar Rodriguez

    My first fountain pen was obtained around 5 years ago, and it was a Sheaffer calligraphy pen, like the ones you get at Staples. It was my favorite pen until I discovered there were more like it, and it was all down(up)hill from there

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  • liz domino

    I got my first serious fountain pen about 10 years ago. It was a Kaweco Ice Sport in Blue with a Medium Nib. I love it, and it is infact in my pocket today. It’s been a great friend over the years.

  • Joe

    I got my first fountain pen in high school (20 years ago), most likely because I was a snooty well-to-do teen and my relatives probably bought it to make fun of me. It was a store brand IPG-nibbed trainwreck. My first serious fountain pen would be a vintage Montblanc Noblesse that I bought on eBay after finishing college.

  • Dieandra

    My first fountain pen was a Faber Castel that our exchange student gave me as a thank you gift. Best fine line ever!

  • Howling Fantods

    I got my first fountain pen for my birthday, three years ago, It was a black Levenger L-Tech. I still use it. The finish is pretty beat up but I like the wet medium nib and the heft of the pen.

  • Shawn Eckhart

    I love the classic looks of this pen!

  • Riva Greenberg

    I started with an inexpensive Sheaffer doodling mostly, then began getting serious a year ago.

  • Bruce Rogie

    After 7+ decades, my first fountain pen came in the mail about 6 months ago, a Pilot Metropolitan. Since then I’ve bought several other inexpensive fountain pens, trying various nibs, mostly for drawing.

  • Julio Raúl Mazariegos

    My first pen is going to be a twsbi eco and I say is going to be because it’s still on the way. I have started to get into the fountain pen world about six months ago but I couldn’t get any pen. On Friday I’m graduating from law school and of course my present is going to be a fountain pen. I would really like to win this pen to start myself into the pek collection world.
    Love the blog and the youtube videos and of coursr I’ve seen the review of this pen and is simply gorgeous.

  • Jenn Dee

    I got my first fountain pen right after I graduated college. Adults should have at least one fancy pen…it was a S. T. Dupont Fidelio, Blue Night finish. Love that pen, and it is still one of my EDC.

  • Alex de Vos

    I got my first fountain pen from my sister for graduating from university 🙂 The following christmas I got 4 bottles of Akkerman ink and a converter as a gift, and since then I’m a pen addict 😉

  • jenn

    i can’t remember exactly, but i was young. next step fountain pen was the sheaffer no-nonsense pen for a christmas present as a tween. a few years later (ok, a bit more than a “few”), i’ve jumped full on into tens of pens and far too many inks… but happily.

  • Daniel R

    11 years ago, when I went to college

  • inotrym

    I got my first fountain pen back in 2001; clogged it with stamp ink and never bothered with pens again until 2012. Still have it, even though I never use it. 🙂

  • karen

    My first pen was one my grandmother gave me when I was about twelve: an old pen of hers, it was meant to be worn on a chain round one’s neck. The filling system was broken, so I used it as a dip pen (with a bottle of Sheaffer’s peacock blue ink as I recall).

  • Tanner Woolf

    Got my first fountain pen at about 9 years old. It was just a small knock around pen from a general store. I didn’t get serious until about 3 years ago. Thanks for the chance.

  • Andras Salamon

    I got my first fountain pen as a child. It was a terrible pen. I got my first “real” fountain pen at 2005.

  • Muhammed Gulmez

    My first one was an inexpensive preppy i got when i was in school, the first serious one i got was and still is the Mont Blanc Starwalker rubber and metal

  • Tammy Grogan

    First fountain pen was a Thuya burl from the Market Penmaker–looking _almost exactly_ like Matt’s first pen! (How could I not have developed into a Pen Habit fangirl after that?)

  • I received my first fountain pen in the first class of primary education (5/6-years-old, I don’t now what that corresponds to exactly in the US education system). Here in Belgium we learned (I think still, but not sure) cursive with fountain pens, provided by the schools. I always kept using a fountain pen because I simply preferred it over ballpoints, which just felt hard to write with for me. I still dislike ballpoints. However, I didn’t *really* get into fountain pens until June this year, when after succeeding for a course I followed and received the certificate thereof, and my sisters gifted me a Visconti Rembrandt. My youngest sister also recommended some video’s by Brian Goulet and SBRE Brown on how to take care of fountain pens. Then I explored more of their video’s about different fountain pens, converters and bottled ink, and things sort of took off from there. I now possess that Visconti Rembrandt, a TWSBI Eco, a Lamy Safari, and a Lamy Vista. Each with their own converters and with varying nib sizes. I also have two bottles of ink, Sheaffer red and Visconti Black, and a bunch of ink samples to try out different colours and brands. I’m loving exploring and getting to know this world <3_<3

  • Can Berk Çetin

    I got my first pen when I started university. It was just a disposable fountain pen, but i fell in love with how convenient controlled-leakage was. Then I got my first serious pen, a pelikan m200.
    Then after, I couldn’t stop myself get deeper into this magnificent obsession.
    I now got 20, which a normal person will not and cannot need. I do, though 🙂

  • Jaime Calleja Alderete

    It was a Sheaffer, many years ago. My dad gifted me one of the pens he used before retiring, a beautiful gold plated Sheaffer Imperial (at least I think that’s what it is), 14K fine gold nib. I left it behind after moving countries only to get it back recently. It’s now a chimera of sorts, since the barrel threads seem to no longer fit the feed appropriately, so I could only find a black resin/plastic barrel. Looks good (writes incredibly smooth!), but I am still on the lookout to replace the barrel with another one that matches the cap.

  • HelderCGrande

    Thanks for the giveaway. Serious pen there.

  • Monique

    My first one was Orange, and I was nine and had a terrible handwriting. Nowadays (50plus) I’m praised for having a nice handwriting. Hooray for fountainpens. Love the Sheaffer and hope it will support the old school writing on paper. I’m thinking of a nice Akkerman ink (Orange yummie) to film it with.

  • Achim

    I got my first fountain pen at first or second grade in elementary school.
    That is pretty normal for a German. It actually still is.

  • jnbelcastro

    First pen was a black Lami safari.

  • Striker GM

    My first was a sheaffer sagaris on 2015

  • Andy Pederson

    I got my first fountain pen, a charcoal Lamy safari 4 years ago, but it was not great. Then I jumped all the way up to a Pilot VP and it has been love ever since.

  • Mishelle R

    I got my first fountain pen January 2015 – a blue lamy safari medium nib so I could practice my penmanship

  • Philip Nimish

    My first fountain pen was a Parker 51 I “borrowed” from my uncle for 2 years when I was 10. I returned it – 2 years later – when he came to visit. There was a hushed silence when he miraculously discovered his long lost pen in his suitcase while packing to return to his home. The fountain pen lust was strong in me from a young age.

  • Tim Draude

    What a great looking pen. Thanks to you and Vanness for the opportunity to try and win it!

  • Thomas Agresta

    I got my first fountain pen this summer. I’ve always been told that I have great regular hand writing, but I was never taught how to write in cursive, and I finally decided to learn. I started out with a regular ballpoint pen, but I thought I’d give a fountain pen a try, so I went to Walgreen’s and purchased a $5 zebra brand fountain pen with 2 cartridges. Really I had no idea how fountain pens worked, it took me about 5 minutes just to figure out how to put the cartridge in. After months of using the pen and writing in cursive I have fallen in love with fountain pens, especially in this month of October where I’ve watched probably 30 pen reviews in just a couple weeks.

  • reedrelay

    I think my first fountain pen was a Levenger True Writer, acquired probably some time in the late 90s.

  • Arman

    My first fountain pen was a Safari I ordered on a whim when it showed up in an Amazon search. Never looked back.

  • Steve Arman

    My first fountain pen was a Montblanc 144 given to me as a present by my wife when we were dating many years ago. I still have it and use it regularly.

  • Petr Pecha

    My first FP was a Duke/Uranus “Unfall Old Man” which I got as a gift from my landlady ten years ago. It got me through my BA studies until its nib and cap got broken by a stranger to whom I lent it in a fit of naive charity.

  • Curtis Hamilton

    I would give this pen to my dad if I won it. Not because I wouldn’t love the pen (because I REALLY would!) but because I’ve been looking for a good pen for him!

  • Sagar Sv

    I used fountain pens back in school.
    But I had stopped using them for a while.
    And then brought a Lamy Safari about 6 months . And thus started the never ending spiral ..!

  • Roberto Sans

    My first fountain pen was a Sheaffer Nononsense in white that I got as a present for my first communion. My parents did not allow me to use it for years, thinking it was valuable, so I started using it in Uni. It got destroyed then, but I have another one exactly like the original.

    • Was it your parents that gave you the pen as a gift? Because, to be honest, it seems a bit strange that they’d give you a fountain pen and then not let you use it.

      • Roberto Sans

        No it was a present from a relative. they thought it was more valuable than it really was so I should wait until I was older to use it properly. It was forgotten until i rediscovered it in my late teens and then put to good use.

  • Justin Jones

    I got my first fountain pen, a pilot varsity in September of 2014. A month later I had a Pilot Metropolitan, a TWSBI 580, 2 Lamy Safaris and 3 Esterbrook Model Js.

  • Greg Glasson

    Like many, my first was a Lamy Safari. I picked it up almost a year ago. Still enjoy it but have added a few more pens to my collection since then. Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway!

  • Brad Manske

    My first pen was very inexpensive. I did some lawn mowing as a kid and had a little pocket money… So I was diagnosed with the pen bug about 45 years ago.

  • Fuhowell

    I found an old stainless steel Sheaffer when my family moved into a new flat. I was about 10, and had to wait 9 more years to use the pen, when I moved to a country where shops sold bottled ink.

  • Alex C

    I got my first fountain pen 2 years ago. I was looking for a nice pen, but wanted more than the standard Cross ballpoint. I stumbled on a Pilot Metropolitan and decided to give it a shot. Now I’m a full blown addict!!

  • Daniel Rendzionek

    Got my 1st FP just a year and a half ago. It was some kind of no name IPG pen. If polished properly they may also write nicely.

  • PFF

    My 1st fountain pen was generic, long time ago.

  • 孙翊飞

    My first fountain pen is hero 100, really nice Chinese pen. however, it broke a few years ago and i really wish to buy another when i went back to China.

  • Austin

    My first personal fountain pen was a Pilot Metropolitan that I got in August of 2014. Before that, I would sometimes use my great grandfather’s Sheaffer when he wasn’t looking.

  • Stephen R. Valcourt

    I got my first fountain pen about a year ago when I wanted something nice right to journal with.

  • My first fountain pen is to be forgotten, it was one of those plastic thingy from a calligraphy kit. My first “real” fountain pen, was a Lamy AlStar, which at the time I thought was a frivolous purchase. Thanks to The Pen Habit, I now know that one can be a lot more frivolious. 🙂

  • Rob

    I got my first fountain pen in 2008 for taking college notes for my senior thesis.

  • Jennifer Brinn

    My first fountain pen was about ten years ago. A friend at a writing retreat introduced me to them…with the cool factor of mixing and scenting your inks. So I went and bought a Lamy Al-Star in a blue-purple color. It just went from there.

  • kevin parks

    oh god. I was a kid. Sheaffer school pen. Blister pack. Too long ago to remember.

  • Alexander Zurek

    I’ve been looking at these but they’re a bit pricey for me so this would be awesome to win

  • This is a good one, thanks!
    My first fountain pen experience was in the first grade and I can’t remember what it was actually. But throughout my years in school I used a Parker 51 knock-off in Burgundy color and I loved that pen. Alas, I do not have it any more. Later though I’d become a Parker fan and I used my Frontier until the grip fell apart.

  • Anastasia

    I got my very first fountain pen in 1st grade. However, I started using them again last year.

  • John Kerr

    My first fountain pen was a gift from my Grandmother when I was a kid. I loved it to death (its not mine). The first serious pen I bought was a Lamy 2000 in 1973.

  • A couple of years ago I bought a Pilot Vpen, first non disposable fountainpen was this summer though.

  • Paige Morgenthal

    My first fountain pen was a red Parker 45 that was given to me when I was seventeen by a member of my host family when I lived in South Africa. Many of my classmates used fountain pens at school and I became fascinated by them straight away. That’s when I fell into the fountain rabbit hole! I have collected and used them ever since.

  • Alessandro Piazza

    Is it obbligatory to follow penhabit on Twitter and Instagram (and also the other two accounts) to join the giveaway? I don’t have a personal accout, but i’ll make one if necessary.

    • Any method of entry will net you another entry. You don’t have to do all of the options, but each one increases the chance that you’ll win.

      • Alessandro Piazza

        Many thanks Matt Amstrong for your clarification

  • Shuchorita Bose

    My first fountain pen was just a few months ago! I bought myself a White Tiger in the Pilot Metropolitan line. Love it!

  • Becky r

    I got my first fountain pen only about 2 years ago. I need a quality one now :o)

  • Justin DeGuzman Maramba

    I got my first fountain pen out of a small bundle I bought at Michael’s. But my first real one was a gift from a customer back in the photo retail industry. It too was a Sheaffer, an older Prelude.

  • Aye Aye On The Run

    I got my first fountain pen in September – a green Pilot Metropolitan!

  • Markus Poetzsch

    My first pen was a Pelikan for pupils. Got it in first grade in 1996.

  • Tina

    I’d love to try it and see how that nib works. Thanks for the chance.

  • Jeremy George

    My first fountain pen was a TWSBI ECO 1.1 Stub in Black that I ordered this last February. I had been listening to pen podcasts and watching youtube videos including yours. I finally decided that this hobby was for me purchasing a cheap piston filler so that I could start with bottled inks. I am now up to a dozen pens and inks and am having a great time writing. Thank you!

  • Luc

    I got my first fountain pen 2 years ago. It was a gift from my sister, who also gave me a bottle of ink and an eyedropper to fill the pen up. I absolutely hated the eyedropper, how quickly it dried out, and the extremely scratchy nib! But thanks to that pen, I have been searching for even better pens since.

  • Fernando Alain Nin

    My first fountain pen was a Pilot Metropolitan with a Lizard motif band just under the cap. I got it about a year ago in September 2015.

  • Schrift

    I got my first fountain pen in March of 2015, a Lamy Safari.

  • Sumitra RM

    When I was around 10 or 11, I got my first fountain pen. The first one I bought was a Parker pen.

  • Luke McTaggart

    I got my first fountain pen in late 2014 it was just a cheap school pen with one of those dreadful steel folded nibs.

  • Kyle Robinson

    I watched your review on this pen, it was a good review.

  • Benjamin Luo

    I got my first fountain pen, a Lamy Logo, in my freshman year of college about 10 years ago.

  • EchoRanger

    Got my first fountain pen about 8 months ago (a Pilot Petit1) that coincided with the start of a new job, and I haven’t looked back since!

  • Annette

    I got my first fountain pen when I was very young – so long ago that I can’t remember. I would say sometime in the 70s.

  • Rust

    I was given my first pen about 15 years ago – an old MontBlanc – but it is non working. A thing of beauty nevertheless!

  • Shihao Li

    Parker 51 all the way!

  • Perry B

    my first pen was a Lamy charcoal Safari with fine nib. Liked it so much I’ve been collecting ever since

  • Rohan

    I got my first fountain pen, a red Lamy Safari, at the end of January this past year. It took a pretty long time to decide which pen to get but the Red body and round clip design on the Safari edged out the other cheap “first pens”.

  • Stephanie Bergeron

    I have only played with cheap fountain pens and would love to figure out how different a good one would be to use!

  • Spencer Bobbett

    I first got a fountain pen a couple of weeks ago, the Pilot Metropolitan with a fine nib and I am enjoying it quite a bit. About a month back, I got a six dollar crappy fountain pen from staples and kinda liked it and that led me deeper into the rabbit hole.

  • Charlie Buhler

    My grandfather left me his two fountain pens in his will about five years ago. One was a Schaeffer and the other a Parker. Neither were maintained very well but they were enough to give me the bug.

  • MSBulldog4Life

    My first fountain pen was the Pilot Metropolitan which I still use. Its a workhorse.

  • Thomas Wakefield

    Last spring I got a Pen & Ink Sketch pen with a fine nib. I filled up so much paper in two days that I was stuck waiting on an Amazon order for ink, because my local Ben-Franklin only sold the pen. I use it now to write my differential equations/ linear algebra notes.

  • I got my first fountain pen…. gosh, I can’t even remember. It was the TWSBI Diamond 540, so it must’ve been something like four years ago. I still have that pen, even through all the cracks. A lovely writer!

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    Thanks Matt!

  • Sergiosie

    I had my first fountain pen when i am 11 years old, but the fountain pen was cheap. Now i use Kaweco and vintage Sheaffers fountain pens.

  • Janis

    A very nice pen, I would like to try it.

  • Jim

    My first fountain pen was a Jinhao x750, got 2 years ago during November 2014 or something 🙂

  • Henry Reed

    My first pen was a Sheaffer 300 I purchased two years ago, by far one of my worst financial decisions. It was unbalanced, had a horrible dry nib and just was not even close to the quality advertised. However, it did get me addicted to the fountain pen bug and now I own several inks alongside a Sailor 1911.

  • I ordered my first serious fountain pen from Levenger almost 20 years ago and still use it. It came as a roller ball and fountain pen combo and they were beautiful Pelikan pens. I have since become a pen turner and collector of all things fouuntain pen.

  • demonjanitor

    I got my Pilot Metropolitan on Christmas of last year from my sister. It has served me well :}

  • Chris M

    My first pen was a Kaweco Sport Classic. This Legacy II is indeed a very nice pen!

  • I got my first fountain pens at a white elephant sale around 1998. Two Parkers.. And so I fell down the rabbit hole.

  • KirkF

    I only have a few starter pens and would love to add this to my collection!!!!!

  • Jean Marmo

    I got one way back in middle school!

  • Nick Ajhar

    This pen is a beauty! Thanks for the giveaway! My first pen, like many, was the Metro

  • Hi PH. Love your vlogs. My first fountain pen I bought just this July! Since then I’ve enjoyed learning all I can about them and purchased 3 more. My priciest at this point is a TWSBI Al Diamond Mini but I love them all.

  • Zach Shoemaker

    I got my first fountain pen back in 2007 but I didn’t seriously start collecting until 2013

  • Matthew Schneider

    I like the copper one, but the black one is very nice as well. I got my first pen, a red pilot metropolitan, earlier this spring, and i would love to get a gold nib pen. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • lefrog

    I got my first fountain pen when I was 11, 8 years ago and I hated it! Only got into them a year ago.

  • Gerald Koroa

    first one bought few years ago on a wimp 😀 was a jinhao

  • lexybeast

    My first fountain pen was a beginner one- the Rosetta, bought back in December of 2011.

  • Matthew Chen

    I got my first fountain pen, a Cross Aventura, from my sister about 2.5 years ago. The first pen I got myself was a charcoal Lamy Safari.

  • Linnaea M. Scavone

    I started using fountain pens in about 9th grade (1982?);
    they were disposable and I cannot for the life of me remember what brand they were. What I do remember is springing the tines over and over trying to get line variation. In terms of a true fountain pen, my grandmother gave me a Conway Stewart 58 in 1986 as a high school graduation present.

  • kenneth noh

    I got my first fountain pen, a Platinum Preppy, about 2 years ago.

  • I got my first Fountain pen just 3 years ago, a Lamy Safari.

  • margessw

    I’ve had my first fountain pen so long ago that I don’t remember it for sure but I think I was around 10. It was a Waterman and I used it along all my school years.

  • Jake

    Awesome review!

  • Karen Griffiths

    My first pen? 1971 when I started grammar school- a Parker

  • EJ Kim

    My first fountain pen was just over a year ago, a plain black Pilot Metropolitan in extra-fine. My collection is growing ever-so-slowly and I assuage my fountain pen cravings by experiencing many good pens vicariously through your and other reviewers’ videos. 🙂

  • Sam K.

    I got my first fountain pen right before my son was born. In a world of disposable technology I wanted something that I could pass down to my son one day that he could remember seeing me use while he grew up.

  • Rich

    I got my first fountain pen for Christmas 2 years ago.

  • Fates

    My first fountain pen was a Waterman Kultur, which I got back in September of this year. I’m new to the pen obsession, but I’ve since gotten several great pens including a couple vintage wet noodles. I love every one of them.

  • AS Tseng

    Haven’t been into FPs that long, my first was about two years ago.

  • Timothy Zajdela

    Seeing as I grew up in France, where the se of fountain pens is prevalent, I got my first fountain pen in 1st grade. It was a blue Waterman Kultur

  • Julianna Loke

    A friend had been using a Parker Urban during my class when I was 18, and I asked to borrow it just for laughs. She let me use it on and off when I got hooked. I eventually decided to buy the cheapest fountain pen I could find at the art and crafts store, a Herlitz Tornado, an 8 dollar pen with a surprisingly smooth nib.

  • Willem Genis

    My first fountain pen was a Harley Davidson fountain pen my dad bought me while I was studying. I have no idea who made that pen.

  • Matt McNichol

    I just recently started getting into fountain pens and inks, and after watching tons of youtube videos and reading different blogs finally got my first fountain pen last month, a TWSBI Eco and a bottle of Noodler’s Midnight Blue to go with it. So far I’m loving it!

  • Jan

    I got my first fountain pen in secondary school. It was a light Inoxcrom pen, with a very nice and smooth nib.

  • ellcoolj

    I got a cheapy Parker pen when I was in college. About 20 years later I dug it out of a box and started to used it again. I then got a Levanger TrueWriter (I did a quick google search to find pens and ended up there). After a few years of that I realized there was a whole world out there and am now addicted.

  • Emily

    Happy fountain pen day, everyone!

  • Emily

    I got my first “serious” fountain pen, a Lamy Vista, just this year whilst I was in SG. I believe that was maybe 6 months ago? I had a Jinhao before, but it wasn’t that nice and it didn’t really convert me. Now I have over 5 fountain pens and a ton of ink lol.

  • Pratik Sahu

    My first fountain pen was a Black Camlin which my sister bought for me in 1995, when I was in standard 5. It was wonderfully cheap and exceptional writer.

  • Mikey Mazur

    Fountain Pen Day is upon us! I love the look of these pens

  • Luke Richards

    My first fountain pen was a Nemosine Singularity in black. I liked the pen a lot. Ended up giving it away to a close friend after graduating high school a few years ago. I have since bought another and have smoothed out the nib. I put the nib in a different pen (Marlen Aleph) which is a very gorgeous pen and feel in the hand.

  • Chuck

    My first fountain pen (Eversharp?) was in elementary school. The teacher wouldn’t let us use a ballpoint pen. At that time they would skip a lot; now I’m talking in the late ’40s. Ever since then, I was always interested in fountain pens although necessity made me use a ballpoint later in life.

  • I got my first fountain pen (Pilot Metropolitan) in January of this year, didn’t love it to be honest, but it got me interested in stationery and writing again, so I’m glad I went for it.

  • Afraz Padamsee

    My first pen was a Pilot Metropolitan that my mother gave to me as a present when I was 17. I’ve been hooked ever since!

  • Nemivyasis

    I got my first fountain pen as a present from my uncle when I was 12.

  • Alexey Shashkin

    I got my first fountain pen on 3 February 2014 when i was in high school. I bought Platinum Preppy with Medium nib.

  • Lori Arrowood

    I got my first fountain pen at some point in middle school or high school – it was a Pilot Varsity 🙂

  • DexterL

    I got my first one in 2014. It was a Lamy Vista.

  • Craig Naranjo

    I got my first fountain pen shortly after we moved into our home at a small stationary store in town. It was a Tsunami Executive.

  • D L

    I got a Cross Century that my father got as part of a set but didn’t want.

  • Jane Eyre

    Looks like a beautiful pen. I would be honoured if I won. Thanks for the chance 😎

  • Greenbelly

    what the main different between Sheaffer Legacy II and Sheaffer heritage

  • Thank you, sir! @penhabit

  • Derick Solano Veitia

    My first fountain pen was a gift from my grandfather. It is a sterling silver Sheaffer Imperial in mint condition. From there my dad gifted me a Montblanc 149 and from that moment it all went downhill and I fell in love with fountain pens.

  • jonrogersuk

    I picked up a cheap Parker in high school. I eventually came back to the fold many years later but I still love how that pen feels in my hand!

  • chuan chuan

    Gorgeous and unique pen!

  • Alhaza Ei Templari

    Got my first fountain pen last May from Massdrop. Was a 2 pack Metropolitan. Both have been given away to friends.

  • Derik Ling Yii Zhan

    My first fountain pen was the Lamy Safari F in matte black. I bought it on the 9th April 2012 from Belle’s Bookshop in my home town. 🙂

  • Logan Scheiwe

    Reading your review of this pen gave the pen new life as the story is told. My first pen was a Lamy Safari given to me by a coworker as a going away gift when I moved.

  • Susan

    My first fountain pen was a Lamy Safari bought from Amazon. I got it six or seven years ago to encourage myself to journal. To be honest, I really hated that pen (it must have had a bum nib), but it launched me into the fountain pen universe, and I haven’t regretted it.

  • I got my first fountain pen on June 8th, 2016.

  • BlackMamba

    My dad gave me his Mont Blanc 149 3 or 4 years back and after collecting so many more fountain pens, it’s still my favourite one.

  • invisuu

    I got my first fountain pen in 3rd grade of elementary school. Been using fountain pens ever since, except during college I found fountain pens unpractical for engineering notes. Since then I have gone through dozens of pens and am now in the process of building a collection.

  • Tom Godbold

    I got my 1st FP~ a Parker 51 no longer used~ from my Dad’s desk drawer when I was heading out to University (University of Idaho~ Go Vandals!). I was into Calligraphy at the time and a fountain pen was the next best thing. It was also my thought if people couldn’t figure out how to use it that they wouldn’t steal it. I had that pen through all four years! I just wish I had the ink availability that we have now, as the ink I used (parker) would bleed like the dickens on the cheap note paper…..

  • Daniel R

    I got my first fountain pen, a Kaweco Sport, about two and a half years ago. I didn’t know what to expect, so I was really frustrated when the pen wouldn’t write. I’ve been able to fix it and it’s great now.

  • Spencer Keenes

    I’m 6 months into the hobby, all thanks to picking up a Pilot Metro in May.

  • Myroslava Luzina

    I got my first fountain pen back in 1988 when I transferred to a secondary school that required students to write with fountain pens. This requirement lapsed, I think, in the 8th grade which would be around 1991-1992. After that I abandoned fountain pens until about 3 years ago when the bug bit again.

  • Lewis Hepworth

    My first fountain pen was given to me by my father last month, was only a WHSmiths pen but wrote quite well.

  • Sara

    My first fountain pens were a Kaweco Student and a Lamy Safari that I got for Christmas in 2013.

  • Lars Ewoud de Vries

    The first fountain pen was given to me in school when I started to learn writing around 1985. It was a Bruynzeel plastic pen with an EF nib, which I still have. Good old days! Special booklets with cursive writing exercises and many concentrated hours of hard work.

  • David Rea

    1st F-P here was a Parker Frontier, received as a graduation present back when the Frontier was still US-made… Though my collection had grown a lot since then, I still love how this pen writes!

  • Thomas Budi Gunawan

    My first fountain pen was back when I first learn how to write in the first grade. Yes I learn how to write with one. It was a horrible Hero copy of Paker 51, needless to say I dislike it very much. Only much later I rediscover the love back when like I was 22 and get my first decent fountain pen Sheaffer Award. Still have it today after more than 10 years and abused, nearly destroyed (the risk of leaving your pen with your child around watching), just so much sentimental reason in that pen. I don’t write with it much anymore, got more nice pens.

  • Ben Greenfield

    Got my first pen about a year ago in a brick and mortar shop. Parker Sonnet. Still love it.

  • Dave Turner

    My first fountain pen was a Lamy Safari. it still sees more use than any other pen I own. This might be a nice upgrade though. 🙂

  • Lyle Bob

    Winter 2015 a metro

  • Kevin

    When did I get my first fountain pen? I was at work, and my boss handed it to me out of her drawer and said, “Here, try this.” It was a Scheaffer, that I believe was used in many elementary schools in the 1950s. Clear barrell, rather smooth writer and cartridge only.

  • Simon Cook

    My first fountain pen was an kiddy fountain pen by Online, which I got in elementary school. It was blue and had Dragons printed on it!

  • Witty Walnut

    I received my first fountain pen when I was in school: a Lamy abc. 😀

  • Matt M

    Been using Chinese pens for about a year, time to step up.
    I think I’m looking to get something piston filled, converters still seem to get ink on my fingers.

  • kevin symonds

    my first fountain pen was the Namiki Falcon last year

  • Sam Bosak

    I got my first fountain pen (Lamy Safari, charcoal, of course) during my senior year of college, after meeting a fellow fountain pen enthusiast at an internship.

  • Alan McCain

    I started out with a Metropolitan but would love to try a tried and true such as the Legacy II.

  • Linda Y

    febuary 2015

  • Chris

    I love the look of these pens. I’d love to win.

  • Mukund Sundararajan

    I got my first fountain pen, a Parker Vector, back when I was in sixth grade. In my school system, every kid got a fountain pen when they entered sixth grade. I still have that pen, although I don’t use it anymore.

  • A Classy Broad

    About 2 months ago, my first fountain pens were an 8 pack of Pilot Petites just to get something cheap to see if I even liked writing with a fountain pen. I was hooked. Then I got a TWSBI mini, then an Edison Pearlette…

  • My first fountain pen was a Jinhao 8812 that I bought online because it was cheap and it looked good. I still have it, and although I’ve moved on from cheap chinese pens, I still like how it writes!

  • rdcalhoon

    Wonderful news! I look forward with great anticipation.

    • Jim

      Congrats mate 🙂