Top 10 Bestselling fountain pens on Amazon (Oct 2014)


2011-12-29 15.12.32If you’re like me, you probably love online shopping on places like Have you ever wondered which fountain pens are the bestselling fountain pens on Amazon? Here I put together a list of the top 10, and I’m happy to know that I have already got reviews of some of them!

Top 10 bestselling fountain pens on Amazon

10. Lamy AL-Star

I have the review of the AL-Star right here, and it’s being compared with the Lamy Vista fountain pen, which is in a similar family as the Lamy Safari and the Lamy Vista. Often a little more expensive than the Lamy Safari, I suppose it’s why it ranks 10th this time. Personally, I like how the aluminium body feels, but probably due to the price, it seems that this is a less preferred option than the Safari.

9. Jinhao X450

I haven’t seen this pen before, but it looks just like a classic cigar-type fountain pen. I am guessing that people like this pen because it looks a little bit like a Mont Blanc or a Sailor pen (but I could be wrong). It seems to be a nice pen, and Jinhaos are rather popular for being well-built and hardy enough at that cheap price. Here’s a video review of this pen by SBRE Brown.

8. Hero 9296

This is also a pen I have never seen before, but judging from pictures on Google, it looks like a slim, sleek everyday pen. While it doesn’t look particularly attractive on the outside, I suppose the hooded nib can be something of interest to some. Here’s a review of this Chinese-made pen by Larry D. Marshall.

7. Pilot Vanishing Point

I really regret to never have gotten down to owning one of these popular Pilot Vanishing Points! I should get a review of this pen up one of these days. Everyone seems to love the Pilot Vanishing Point because of its convenient, one-of-a-kind retractable fountain pen nib. Just click the button at the top like a ballpoint pen or a rollerball, and the nib retracts into the pen barrel. There are so many kinds of Vanishing Point pens that existed since a while ago, it’s become almost one of those must-haves, like a Lamy Safari. While waiting for my own review to be put up, meanwhile, have a look at the review by FP Geeks.

6. Parker Urban fountain pen

Finally, another pen that I own myself! The Parker Urban is a gift from my mum, and the one I have has my name engraved on it in gold. A smooth, nicely-contoured pen, the Parker Urban is definitely one of those I would recommend to a new user. My review here is pretty self-explanatory… complete with photographs!

5. Sheaffer Calligraphy Maxi Kit

Seems like there are a number of people who are interested to do calligraphy! This Sheaffer Calligraphy Maxi Kit comes with 3 different types of nibs for you to play around with, and 3 separate pen bodies for you to attach each nib section to. There is also an assortment of cartridges of different ink colours (presumably all the Sheaffer Skrip colours) that can last you some joyful amount of time trying your hand at calligraphy. I have the review of the Mini kit here.

4. Pilot Metropolitan Collection fountain pen

For those of you who haven’t read my Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen review, read it here now! I love this pen and I have the White Tiger version, but there are many other designs for you to choose from (but really, who can resist the beautiful White Tiger?!).

3. Pilot Varsity Disposable fountain pen set

If you plan to buy the Pilot Varsity fountain pens, always buy the entire set! This is one of the top 3 fountain pens bought on Amazon and it seems like people usually buy the set. It comes in 7 different colours and I have the review here as well. Being really affordable, you get the full range for less than $20, and you can play around with them colours for a decent amount of time. There is even a hack to show you how to refill the Varsity, if you so wished. I’ve never tried my hand at it before, but you could try, and make the pens last a long time.

2. Jinhao 250 Stainless Steel Gold Trim fountain pen

Another Jinhao made it to the list, and this time, it is the second most preferred fountain pen that people buy on Amazon! This Chinese pen comes in a stainless steel body with some golden trims, and Amazon sells it for only $7.00! I suppose this is one of the main reasons that this pen falls under #2 on the list. I am appalled to not have one of these for myself. Read a review here.

1. Lamy Safari Fountain pen, Charcoal

Ah, good old trusty Lamy Safari! This is a pen you can find almost everywhere – in bookstores, shops selling watches, online – really almost everywhere! This almost-omnipresent pen is a trusty and hardy preferred choice of people who buy fountain pens. I unfortunately don’t have a review of it on my blog, but it is not very different from the AL-Star or the Vista fountain pens, a review of which I have right here. Also, it seems like people prefer specifically the Charcoal coloured version. But Lamy has come up with a whole array of different colours for you to choose from: Apple GreenHot Pink, Red, Blue… Check out a review here.

And that concludes the top 10 fountain pens sold on Amazon! Notice that all of them are pretty affordable, with maybe the exceptions of the Lamy AL-Star and the Pilot Vanishing Point fountain pens. Even so, I know a number of people who have both of these pens. In general, it is safe to say that all the pens in the top 10 list make good starting pens as well, for those people who have no idea what to get as a first fountain pen.

Are you getting one of them? Have them all? Which is your favourite? Leave a note in the comments area of this post to share your thoughts!

4 Responses

  1. Olli Massala 13 October 2014 / 8:03 PM

    If you want to check out owning a pilot capless/vanishing point without paying for it, I live in singapore and own one, I have more than enough pens to use those for a week or two as you use it.

  2. Mike Grove 5 October 2014 / 10:31 PM

    I was real nervous about buying a pen from Amazon – I didn’t know what I’d do if it didn’t work. But I threw caution to the winds and bought one anyway – a Parker Duofold Centennial (medium nib of course, it was the only option). And, it worked! Very well indeed.

    Good to see two Lamys in your list – whenever anybody says they would like to try a fountain pen but don’t know what to get I recomment a Lamy (e.g. Vista) as they’re inexpensive and very reliable.


    • Maybelline 10 October 2014 / 12:10 AM

      The Parker Duofold is a good pen. Great buy!
      And yes, the Lamy Vista is good, but you can also tell them about the Safari because of all the pretty colours too. 🙂

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