There are numerous models of fine fountain pens available for sale with new brands being released on a regular basis even though we might be led to believe that the industry is not particularly strong. This means that the chances of finding good quality pens at reasonable prices is going to be high, you simply have to know where to look.

In this brief article we will examine three fountain pens from three leading pen manufacturers. They are models that have been around for quite some time and have proven to be popular with a wide variety of fountain pen collectors and users.

The Parker 51 fountain pen has been a particularly popular part of the Parker range of fountain pens since the very early 1940s. This is the pen that spouted the claim that it was the world’s most wanted pen and there may be something to that claim. This is a classic fountain pen that should probably sit on the desk of every fountain pen lover. It was released in different versions, which keeps the collector very busy and the appearance changed over the years making it possible to flesh out the collection with subtly different looking pens. The price range of the Parker 51 differs depending on the version but it is possible to pick up a bargain or two.

The Sheaffer Prelude is a fountain pen that looks impressive and suitable to sit in the pocket of any professional. The grip of the pen is cushioned to provide added comfort for the writer and the trim is impressive, finished with 22K gold plate or chrome plate with a matching clip. There is plenty to like in this pen and this is backed up by the fact that it is possible to buy some of them for well under $50.

The Waterman Charleston has a classical fountain pen shape which is appreciated by the wider pen loving community. It flows nicely from nib to cap and the finish of the barrel is rich and lustrous. This is a pen that weighs nicely in the hand providing the writer with a solid instrument without providing to be overly heavy. It is possible to find copies of the Charleston for around the $50 mark.

Equipping yourself with a classic fountain pen does not necessarily mean that you will have to spend a fortune. These pens represent some of the best that is out there and they are available at prices that are quite approachable for most budgets.