If you are shopping for a very affordable — as in sub-$30, sub-$20, or even sub-$5 — fountain pen and you want high-end features like screw-on cap, included converter, or piston-filling mechanism then you will almost certainly want a Chinese fountain pen.
These pens have made incredible advances in the last decade and now offer a set of features and a price range that makes them distinct and interesting type of fountain pen unto themselves.
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Many people see fountain pens as occasional writing instruments, maybe for doing some before-bed journaling or writing a letter, but that doesn’t have to be the case. The right fountain pen can be a great everyday tool, even if it never approaches the no-nonsense functionality of a ballpoint pen.
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The Penbbs 350 is a metal fountain pen that is convertible into a rollerball pen.
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The Penbbs 308 is a cartridge/converter Chinese fountain pen.
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The Penbbs 309 is a affordable Chinese fountain pen that, unlike many Chinese fountain pen brands, is sold through a few mainstream pen shops. It is also available through Ebay and other resellers.
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The Penbbs 500 fountain pen has been called the company’s take on the Twsbi Go, but it’s actually a more interesting pen. It’s a spring-loaded pump filling fountain pen, but it actually costs more than the Twsbi, as the 500 currently is selling for about $39.
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The Penbbs 355 “Bulkfiller” is a Chinese fountain pen that was inspired by the Conid Bulkfiller, but that sells for a fraction of the price.
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The Penbbs 456, an affordable and well-built vacuum filler, was one of the top Chinese fountain pens of 2019.
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