I love handwriting. It's been important to me since I was in middle school. I've always cared how my handwriting looks. So, I've always been on the search for the perfect pen. And over the years, prior to discovering fountain pens, I gravitated to rollerballs and gel pens. I also enjoyed using Le Pens due to their fine writing points.
But a few years ago, I was introduced to fountain pens at Crazy Alan's Emporium, a local stationery/pen/planner/office supply shop. He carries a large supply of fountain pens from manufacturers Pilot, Lamy, Cross and many more. He also has both new and preowned fountain pens. Some vintage, some just old. But I love going in there and learning about the new releases.
I believe I purchased my first fountain pen from this store, and I've been hooked ever since. My go-to daily pen is a Pilot Decimo. It is part of the vanishing point line and is the perfect size for my relatively small hands. Here is a great article that summarizes both the Vanishing Point and Decimo.
If you are tempted to try a fountain pen for your everyday carry, I highly suggest you give this line a try. The Decimo is reasonably priced (approximately $125-$150), and you can use a converter or ink cartridge. I prefer to fill a converter with the ink of my choosing, but if you haven't done it before, it can take a little time. And be prepared to get ink on your fingers! But for me, that is part of the fun.
Another reason I enjoy fountain pens is the large array of inks to choose from. Currently, I am using the Namiki 100th anniversary mini bottle ink set. And I'm using the violet ink. Every time I write, it makes me smile.
Lover of paper, pens, planners and calligraphy. Brands I'm enjoying right now include L'Agenda Moderne, Gillio, Pilot Vanishing point pens and Cloth & Paper.