Unless you’re lucky enough to have a Montblanc or a Pelikan as an heirloom, you’re probably hesitant to blow thousands of pesos on your first fountain pen (but if you can, then by all means SPEND!). If this is the case, get your hands on a pen that your wallet won’t regret spending for: choose a starter Japanese fountain pen.
Choose from one of the Japanese Big 3: Platinum, Sailor, and Pilot. They have a reliable line of fountain pens across various price points, and there are options available in the Philippines under Php1000.
If you chance upon an ivory-colored plastic-bodied fountain pen in Daiso, that is the Platinum Riviere. It is a good starter for Php88, with spare cartridges available at Scribe Writing Essentials. Compared to other fountain pens in Daiso, the Riviere writes in fine even if the nib is marked as medium. The plastic feel might turn you off though, but it is light enough to make the writing experience pleasant.
The next option for Platinum is a Preppy, from Php 195 to Php 275. It introduces you to the world of demonstrators or clear-bodied pens, with lots of colors to choose from. If you also end up preferring eyedropper pens, this one is also a good piece to play with.
For a few years, the only Sailor pen that you can get under Php1000 is the Sailor Candy from Scribe.The Candy is now difficult to find, and will probably cost much more.
Thankfully the Sailor Hi-Ace Neo Calligraphy Pen reached Philippine stores. For Php895, you get a stub nib which has not stopped anyone from using it in writing cursive.
Yes, the trusty Pilot. Some old cheap favorites include the Pilot 78G for Php 200- Php400 and the cute Pilot Biridie which was a little over Php200. Sadly, these models have been discontinued.
The Pilot Metropolitan‘s price may have doubled in the past five years, but at Php999, it is still one of the best quality fountain pens available.