r ranson wrote:
I never, ever, not once, lend my pen to another person. A nib develops an angle based on the user. Someone who isn't used to a fountain pen (and there aren't many who are these days) can destroy a nib so easily or change the angle so that the ink doesn't flow smoothly from the nib. That's another good use for the pencil in my bag, to lend if someone thinks they need to use my pen.
I did not know that!
I have a couple of cheap Pilot pens I use most often, with Noodler's or J. Herbin ink. I bought four bottles of ink two years ago, and I still have...almost four full bottles of ink. And I am writer, and I write my first drafts long hand 90% of the time, plus letters, and garden journal entries... I think it's safe to say I write more then most, although not as much as an active student.
One thing that's important to know about the pilot pens is that their "fine" nibs are really fine...I would suggest people start with the medium nib instead.
While on my (mostly failed) attempt to escape the smoke vacation the past couple of weeks, I took some "regular" ball point pens instead of my fountain pens, because I didn't want to lose my fountain pen. I was shocked and dismayed to have TWO pens run out of ink on me!
I actually enjoy it when I get fountain pen ink on my fingers, I treat it as a mark of distinction.