If you want to start the children and young people in your life on fountain pens, check out these inexpensive and colorful lines from Inoxcrom, which are great to use as school pens. For grownups, I highly recommend them as everyday road warriors.
Inoxcrom fountain pens: The purple and red are from the Manga line; white, “Ice Cube”, World line; and blue, from the massively collectible “Dolce Vita” Jordi Labanda line. Available at Fully Booked.
Inoxcrom is a Spanish company founded in 1955. They make affordable and high-quality pens famous for their trendy design aesthetic, featuring the works of Spanish designers Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, Jordi Labanda, and Kukuxumusu.
In the past several years the company suffered financial reverses and shut down their Spanish factory. From 2008, their pens are now made in China. So if you have a 2007 or older Inoxcrom, those are EU-made, hang on to them!
We have several Inoxcrom pens – two short Agatha Ruiz de la Prada, and a couple of Kukuxumusus from last year (reviewed in previous posts). The barrels are cheap plastic, and the designs rub off over time, but they are sturdy and lightweight, allowing you to write for long stretches without fatigue. The nibs are steel and all are Medium point, but tending towards Fine-Medium which suits us just right.
The pens use international cartridges, and come with one short cart each. I usually snap in a long Waterman cart which fits the length of the pens exactly. It’s easy to refill the carts with bottled ink using a syringe.
The nibs are buttery-smooth and reliable, able to perform well with any ink. I’ve tried Waterman, Parker, J. Herbin, and Noodler’s in them, with no start or skipping problems at all.
Overall, these are true value for money. Try to get the Spanish-made models from 2007 or before. In Manila, some may still be available at Fully Booked.