EmptySet wrote:I mean, I'm not writing the Magna Carta here; I just want a pen that I find comfortable and which writes reliably and legibly without causing a nuisance.
I find them extremely comfortable to write with.. and I guess everyone else on this side of the conversation would too. And as we've said, the Lamys are incredibly reliable.
I don't know if it exists (or has an equivalent) over there, but here in the UK, John Lewis carries a range of Lamy pens (and many other fountain pens). They start at about £10, and even with ink I think will be either cheaper or roughly the same as all the ballpoint/biros that you'll go through/lose in the time you have it.
EmptySet wrote:As for replacing disposable pens, I can literally buy them a dozen at time from the newsagent for less than the price of your fountain pen. Or, you know, buy a couple of nice ones and then buy a whole box of replacement cartridges, which take about ten seconds to change and last for months.
I think I recently bought a few boxes of Lamy ink cartridges for about £1.60 each, with 5 cartridges in each box. Each cartridge will last me anywhere from 1-3 weeks. I don't know about you, but that seems reasonable to me.
TNorthover wrote:Ballpoints hate me and I get far more smudging with them than a fountain pen. The ink always seems to build up on one corner until it gets deposited as a ~1mm globe on the paper; it's downhill from there. Perhaps I just hold them strangely.
Really? I've rarely had that problem. Could just be a bad pen. Have you tried different types?
I've also had that problem with every ballpoint I've tried.. (even that £50 Cross one I had for a while). Maybe it's just my writing style, I don't know.
Windowlicker wrote:And ink won't spill anywhere unless you try (or drop the pen).
I am a busy student who travels on overcrowded trains and writes on wobbly fold-out half-desks. My pen maintenance routine consists of "throw pen in bag, get jostled a lot and throw bag around." I would rather not be carrying something prone to destroying all my lecture notes when it gets so much as dropped. I've dropped my ballpoint dozens of times and it has consistently failed to leak at all.
"Destroying all my lecture notes" seems a gross exaggeration, that's not quite the level of leakage we're talking about. After having my pen thrown across the room, the inside of the cap may have some ink in it, the nib will be a bit messy and the.. erm.. grip section.. may also have some ink on it. All of these problems will be solved by 10 seconds with a tissue. The only way I think you'd get it on your notes is by holding it at the end and swinging it into one of your fingers (which I haven't felt the need to do for about 5 years; spattering notes with ink drops seems less fun nowadays).
Also I picked up a Rexel Blackedge today.. google tells me it's a carpenters' pencil. Can anyone inform me as to why a rectangular pencil would be more useful for working with wood?