Fountain pens attract users of all ages across the country. Unfortunately, most sources are in Metro Manila, with Scribe having 2 stores in Cebu and National Bookstore having inconsistent stocks even in the metro alone. Online shopping is the most accessible option for most in this age. So for fountain pen beginners and lovers anywhere in the Philippines, here are reliable sites where you can buy fountain pens online without any worry.
- Everything Calligraphy is the newbie-friendly online choice, offering different pens for a wide range of price points. While you’re at it, get yourself some Elias paper and Tomoe River paper as well, together with some inks and accessories. Shipping is free anywhere in the Philippines for transactions above Php1000.
- Pengrafik. If you’ve been in the hobby for a while and you’re already looking for uncommon pens at relatively mid-range prices (relative, since price range is always debatable), then check out Pengrafik. It offers Wahl-Eversharp, Karas Kustoms, Airmail/Wality, and Ranga pens. You can also consult them for any requests (they sometimes have Desiderata pens in stock. Oh that beautiful marriage of fountain pen and dip nibs).
- Endless Pens is a US-based online store with partners in the Philippines, so it is definitely worry-free to buy from. They occasionally have promos and giveways, so it is best to follow them on Instagram.
- Pens Galore. While this online shop has a huge lineup of arts and crafts products, they also take pre-orders of Japanese pens. If you have a particular Pilot, Sailor, or Platinum pen in mind, you can get it from them if you don’t mind the wait.
- Scribe (yes!) also offers shipping for some of its items in stock.
How are they reliable, you ask? For Everything Calligraphy and Pengrafik, their owners are enthusiasts themselves and can be seen during fountain pen events. Same for Scribe. Pens Galore, meanwhile, has consistently good reviews. You can also inquire about pens not present in their catalogue.
If you can’t find the pen you’re looking for from these sources, there is always the second hand market. But that is a topic for another day.
Do you prefer buying pens in person? Check out this list for directions.