Why fountain pens? Well, if you want to be cheap - you can be. Fountain pens may seem expensive at first, but over time you will actually save money because bottled ink is insanely cheaper to use than buying refills or brand new ballpoint/gel pens. If you are a student and write a lot, a cheap fountain pen (£4) and a bottle of ink (£4) will start saving you money by the time a term is over. To some they are simply beautiful. Walk into a meeting with one of these pens and people will notice.