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Best Fountain Pens Under $20 in 2021

There’s no experience quite like writing with a Fountain Pen. Here, we’ve rounded up three of the best Fountain Pens under $20 in 2021. The highlight? The Parker Jotter. It’s stainless steel from head to toe, comes complete with a cartridge of water-based blue ink, and is packaged in a distinctive Parker presentation box. Not bad for $16.

Best Fountain Pen Under $20: Parker Jotter— $16

One of the more expensive Fountain Pens on our list, the Parker Jotter reminds us of a Mont Blanc. Its thin, sleek stainless steel construction makes for a comfortable writing experience. Best of all, the Parker Jotter is bundled with one large cartridge of water-based blue ink and ships in a distinctive Parker presentation box — all for less than $20.

Here’s what one owner had to say:

The power of the pen lies in the balanced weight, smooth and reliable strokes, and most importantly — the oversized ink cartridges that mean less chance of running out of ink when busy writing. I cannot count the number of colleagues that have commented on the pen at work, then order one for themselves who have had the same reaction.

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Best Cheap Fountain Pen Under $20: Waterman Graduate— $16

After something a bit cheaper than the aforementioned Parker Jotter? Turn your attention to the Waterman Graduate. It doesn’t feel quite as high-end, nor it as pleasurable to write with — but it is the next best thing. Its claim to fame is a small rubber grip at the bottom which makes it comfortable to write with for extended durations (think: hours).

Not sold? Just look at what this customer had to say:

I own a few dozen fountain pens including a few fairly expensive ones, but I did not own a Waterman. I ordered the chrome Graduate and a Waterman converter for it so I could use my bottled inks instead of using disposable ink cartridges. The pen comes boxed with one long ink cartridge. This is an excellent writer and the low price is a bonus.

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Best Fountain Pen for Drawing Under $20: Copic Markers F02

The Copic Markers FO2 isn’t particularly comfortable to write with, but its smooth flow makes it a must-have for drawing. It’s particularly useful for fine line and detail work, according to one user, because you’re able to put down lines of various widths depending on how much pressure and speed is used without it bleeding to the other side of the page.

Here’s what one user thinks:

I recently got into [drawing] and was recommended this pen from a friend. It really bolds out the lines of your sketch, so it’s great for inking, and it doesn’t smudge [the ink] or when you erase the sketch lines. [The design of the tip also makes it possible to] do thicker or thinner lines, making it useful for little details or filling in parts.

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