TWISBI Eco
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They are sustainable; that means no more throwaway pens! How many plastic pens did you lose or throw away already?
I’ll tell you; too many...

Good news! I have the solution for you, one fountain pen. It will last forever and save you a lot of money and the planet some plastic. But where to start? There are a lot of options and also a lot of expensive ones! No need to worry; I found the best ones to start off with and made a list.


Lamy Safari

These cute colours are to die for and will only cost you €19,90 at my favourite Dutch webshop. This pen offers a variety of nib options, from extra-fine to extra-broad. I find that, since I write very small, an extra-fine nib is perfect! The drawback of Lamy pens is that they aren’t compatible with the standard ink-cartridges. Lamy pens are only compatible with the Lamy cartridges. These cartridges do offer a larger capacity but don’t offer as many colour options.

There is always the option to get a ‘converter’ for your pen, which will make it compatible with ink bottles. I highly recommend this since this makes your Lamy a sustainable, cheap way of writing!

TWISBI Eco

The TWISBI Eco is one of a kind and looks and feels like a quality pen. This pen comes with a price. For €35,- you can own one in any colour you like. This one fills with bottled ink, so if you like cartridges, don’t buy this! The TWISBI, like the Lamy, offers a variety of nib options, from extra-fine to extra-broad. The body of the pen is see-through and contains your choice of ink. The large ink reservoir makes it an ideal choice for long writing sessions.

Seriously, who has time to fill a pen these days?

Pilot Metropolitan

This one is the cheapest of the bunch and an all-time favourite of many. One of these, also available in many colours, will only cost you €18,50 at this Dutch webshop


What ink should you fill your pen with?

The vast, diverse types of fountain pen ink available are overwhelming. So I wanted to share some the ideas of Brian Goulet with you. Have you heard of him before? He owns this youtube channel and an American fountain pen webshop.

According to Brian, the best workplace appropriate inks (categorised by colour) are:

Black inks

  • Noodler’s Black (I own this one as well, it is an all-round favourite)
  • Heart of Darkness
  • Aurora Black Blue

Blue inks

  • Noodler’s Liberty’s Elysium
  • Pilot Iroshizuku Asa-Gao
  • Kon-Peki

Blue-Black inks

  • Noodler’s 54th Massachusetts
  • Waterman Mysterious Blue

Red inks

  • Diamine Red Dragon
  • Oxblood
  • Matador

Brown inks

  • Diamine Chocolate Brown
  • Noodler’s #41 Brown

My favourite pen shop in The Hague/Amsterdam

Akkerman

This shop has the most exquisite pens and looks and feels like a very fancy bookshop. It is just an experience on its’ own. The best thing is that you can walk in, name your budget, you will get to try each option! They have all the nib types and colours. My boyfriend and I found our matching fountain pens here; they could even engrave them for us.

So if you are ever near The Hague or visiting Amsterdam, please visit this store!