Jan 16, 20191173 views

If you could keep/have only one...

Fountain Pen.
In the time-honored tradition of preposterous impositions: you can have only ONE pen, or even pencil (yeah, I'm that inclusive). Which one will it be? It can be any writing instrument you have, or wish you had. You may even qualify your answer with "at the moment", "these days" or "right now". Do you go with something practical or something that encapsulates your passion for fountain p--fiddlesticks--writing instruments? Also you will still need something to write on, in that alternate reality with only one writing instrument. What is your one and only notebook? For me, were the writing apocalypse to befall us today, the choice is clear:
My Rotring 1928, because it has something of every aspect I love about fountain pens, and my SuperBuch A5, because its awesome and I only cracked it open yesterday.
What would yours be?
gorian2222, PC1976, and 9 others

My Levenger Newton. Purchased it many, many years ago and it's an absolute wet noodle.

My vintage Pelikan 400NN. The nib's
beak shape means I can write normally, flexibly, or get interesting shapes when I turn it upside down and swipe with the face of the nib. My current notebook is a Stalogy 365 with paper very similar to Tomoe River paper. Love it.
I have a couple of Stalogies too. Great paper.
Pelikan M800 (any made in the last 30 or so years) with 18k Extra Fine. They write magnificently, have perfect balance and can go on a plane without exploding.
I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned earlier.
Delta Dolce Vita Broad or Pilot 823 Broad
Montblanc Hemmingway since it was issued in 1997
It has to be one of Montblanc's most desirable limited editions.
If only one, then it has to be the TWSBI 580AL! Aesthetically pleasing and therapeutical to watch the coloured ink slosh about inside the barrel and writes so well.

I love my 580ALR, a great demonstrator. Get's too much competition from my posse of 698s though. BTW, beautiful penmanship.
Thank you for the compliment, @Theroc ! I practice every day to not lose this ability to read and write 8000+ characters that I've learnt over two years studying Mandarin in Taiwan! The need for using fountain pen was so great because my exercises were devouring one gel pen per week!
Conid Regular Bulkfiller Demonstrator (Flat Top) w/ medium Ti nib. The fit and finish are beautiful to behold. It holds loads of ink and writes like a dream.
In many respects the perfect "designated survivor", great choice.
One and only Visconti Bronze large size homosapians, to me it’s magnificent in every sense. It’s the power of nature in your hand, the earth and metal the best that can be held in a hand !!!!!!! Pure bliss
I have the Black Age Maxi and I love it. A bit too fragile to be my one and only, though.
I have two favorites and I can't separate them: 1) Parker 51 ... a total classic 2) Osmia/Faber Castell -- the Osmia was made in Germany as part of the Faber Castell family. I use it as a dip pen because the filler twist cap is broken. The nib is fantastic; very strong line. Never skips. I use it to write my checks.
The 51 was my father's life-long pen. Nothing could bring him to consider anything other than a Parker. I tried. Osmia, vintage Kaweco and, Onoto are on my to-get list.
If the penpocalypse were to happen, I'd hide my Franklin-Christoph pocket 20 from the, uh, thing that was destroying our pens. It's the perfect size for my hand, eyedroppers without complaint, and the Masuyama-ground broad stub produces what I consider to be the perfect line. There's just enough width and line variation to lend character to my writing but not so much that I look like I'm writing nothing but wedding invitations.
Yeah, Mr. Masuyama has taken (and earned) a fair share of my money over the years.
I love my KRONE Monarch FP. It's .925 silver with a "Mottishawed" 14k italic nib. A beautiful writing instrument in every way; a wonderful smooth writer that never skips. The best pen that I own.
If I had to restrict myself to only one fountain pen it would have to be from Sailor. I swear not once have I picked up either of the Sailors I have, no matter how long it has gone without use, it never fails to start a line on paper..NEVER!
Sailor Pro Gear Ocean, H-EF nib. I could write with that thing forever.
A totally ludacris question!! Not possible!
I'm going to go super cheap and say my TWSBI Diamond Mini EF because it's an absolute workhorse. My daily writing is abusive. I typically go through a No. 18 pad from Rhodia a week (also my paper choice - cheap, abundant, and easy to read quickly with whatever color you throw on it), and this thing goes in my pocket with my keys/ phone, has been through the wash more than I want to admit, and who knows how many times it's been doomed to fall into the black hole next to my truck seat. There are other pens I enjoy writing with more, and I reserve them for letters, signature, and other fun things. But the TWSBI is always in the trenches behind it all.
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I'm going to be a jerk and say you should make another post like this for ink. I think having to choose one would literally give me a stroke.
Hah! I wouldn't dare.
I am looking for information on the chopard fountain pen: does it hace rigid, soft or flex nib?
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I tried to find and I can not find any other link
And I need to know if you fill the ink with pump or used carteages
There are so many great choices but right now I would say Nakaya Dorsal Fin 2. Unfortunately entirely unlikely I will ever be able to afford one
A simply beautiful pen.
If I were to have to choose from one, and only one pen, I would have to go with the Pilot Falcon (Elabo). The paper would be a relatively easy choice: Rhodia Webnotebook (not Rhodiarama), with an Allegory Leather cover.
Basic nib or with a Mottishaw mod? Extra creds for knowing your paper.
I have only used the basic nib, so that's probably what I would head towards. Being a lefty, it can be difficult to find nibs that "just work" in the EF size, which is what I typically like the most.
Montegrappa revolver. It's my dream pen
Nice dream 😄
Lol can't be accused of not having lofty stands 😉
Pilot Custom Heritage 823 - my best writer in my 40+ collection of pens
A great choice, certainly a contender for Pilot's all-in-all best pen. Definitely Pilot's best nib.
The Omas 360 Tourquoise demonstrator
My Sailor 1911 Pro Gear. For the sheer joy of its 21k gold nib.
Sailor's 21kt nibs are awesome.
Lamy 2000
Omas Paragon Brown Arco Celluloid, F nib.
Can't argue with that.
I’m gonna go with one of the Pilot Seven Gods of Fortune anniversary set in extra fine
The green and yellow one, with a rescued Waterman Hundred Year nib. Not really my colors, but this pen writes like no other pen I own or tried.
That is a nib worthy of the apocalypse indeed. The Humane Society thanks you for saving this puppy. I've been hunting for one, on and off, for the last year.
I think it will probably be a Pilot Vanishing Point Decimo for the unmatched practicality. But, I don't own one yet, and I want to get the chance to have it in hand to see if the clip bothers me.
I have both the original pilot vanishing point and a Decimo. The original is fatter and I find that the clip is annoying. the decimo is more of a medium thickness with a clip that is more streamlined. For me the decimo is a much more comfortable pen to write with. Pilot cartridges hold more ink than converters. Both pens take the same nib unit. They are interchangeable and replacements are available if you want to go from fine to medium or even stub nibs. These nibs are very smooth and write wetter than the standard pilot nib. The medium writes like a European fine.
Ah, but what ink to go with pen and paper?
Nah, in the writing apocalypse you make your own ink 😄
Theroc, I'm not going to torment myself with your question — I mean, how would my pens feel if they found out I was playing favourites? — but I'd like to hear more about your Rotring and why you like it so. Ruth
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Theroc, That's a great story. It has heart-breaking disappointment (you missing the deadline), an unforeseen second chance (the re-listing), a wounded love interest (the pen), a supportive significant other (you) who does all he can but knows when to call in a therapist (Masuyama). Together they bring the pen back to life and give it purpose and beauty. When is the movie coming out? That really is a good story. You could publish a collection of pen bios. Ruth
Not in the loop enough to really pick one, but eyes peeled to see what others say and learn an thing or two :)