Let's talk about this. Disposable fountain pens. These pens serve, often times, as an entry into the world of fountain pens for many of us. Imagine browsing the pen aisle at your local office supply store–having no experience with fountain pens–when suddenly, down hidden near the bottom, you see one. A disposable fountain pen. Hmmmm.....you think. You decide to try it.
If you are like most people who love fountain pens, fast forward 1 month and suddenly you only write with fountain pens, read pen blogs and are plotting your next purchase. It's a slippery, inky slope.
Then there are those of us who have pretty much always had and written with fountain pens. Maybe we just don't remember when our journey with fountain pens began.
Let's just not be snobby about it. A disposable fountain pen may not have the best nib, the most comfortable grip and certainly not 60+ features and things to point out and enjoy. They are utilitarian and they are useful.
I am sharing and comparing the Pilot Varsity Disposable Fountain Pen, the Pilot Plumix Refillable Fountain Pen and the Bic Disposable Fountain Pen. All three of these were found at Staples. I imagine you can find them anywhere else that has a pretty expansive writing utensil section.
Disposable fountain pens are great to have on-hand for travel. If you bring one along on a trip and you loose it, no problem. Many times, when we travel somewhere, even for just a day or two, our routines get shaken a little. It's easier to lose things. Bringing along a disposable is a pretty smart choice in my opinion because you are, in essence, protecting your non-disposable pens.
These three disposables are all fine and dandy options, but I prefer two. My first choice would be the Pilot Plumix. It is refillable, inexpensive, has some flex in the nib and honestly, writes just as well as my Kaweco Sports (I have a problem with Kaweco Sports. I have 10. More on that later.) The Plumix has a nice shape, weight and the cap posts.
My second choice is the Pilot Varsity. It comes in a ton of colors, has some flex in the nib and I do believe you can find some hacks online to make it refillable. It is the shortest of the three and has a cap that posts.
My third choice is the Bic Disposable Fountain Pen. It, in my opinion, writes just like an ink pen. Not a ballpoint, but just a regular old office pen. The nib doesn't really flex, the ink isn't very black and it looks and feels like a lot of other standard pens you'd find in an office. The cap posts. The Plumix has a unique look and the Varsity has a slightly retro feel.
Above and below you'll see some writing samples. The Plumix and the Varsity provide a look I like. There is variation in the stroke and you can see where ink pools at the end of some of my strokes. None of that 'character' with the Bic Disposable.
Part of the reason we use fountain pens is for their look and feel right? Disposables can't (and shouldn't) try to mimic that, but they can have some nods to the classic style of fountain pens so many of us love.
If any of you have written with these or used them, please provide feedback in the comments. And if any of you have written about these or have a link to a hack, please post below. Simplicity Embellished gets a lot of traffic and I'd like to pass on some of that juice to you all, especially if you have more to say and share on the topic than I do.
Read about another Disposable Fountain Pen I found for $3.99 here.