Some things are defined by their purpose, whether it be working dogs and horses or the tools we use every day… I’m of the opinion that in a sense all fountain pens should be so defined, which means that they are at their best when they are used. The opposite of this is the idea that fountain pens should be collected, admired, but never inked and used. I’m sure you know enthusiasts like that, I call these people barrel collectors rather than pen enthusiasts. In my humble opinion true fountain pen enthusiasts use their pens, true some are used more than others, but whether it’s your Meisterstück or your cheap mini fountain pen get it inked and use it!
So I though that we would therefore spend a little time praising our workhorse pens, our plodders, if you will… You know the one that gets used in the daily grind whether it be the office, the study or merely for the shopping list, they might not be the most glamorous pens we own (then again they might) but they are the ones we reach for first and most often. For me these pens are the real heroes of the fountain pen world. What these pens are depend wholly on the user I guess, one man’s meat is another man’s poison as they say. Obviously I have mine and you have yours and the object of this post is not really to focus on mine but by commenting on this post to share what your workhorse is and why, what sets it apart and makes it the go to pen for you?
A word also to those chronic rotators, the “I don’t have a particular pen” guys. To you my friends can I encourage you to get off the fence for a while and join in too. I won’t hold you to your decision, I’m not yet a member of the pen police (although that is a great idea…. we should all totally have pen police) so you won’t be fined if you change your mind tomorrow or next week.
To get things going I asked for an answer on this on Twitter yesterday and got some really great answers:
-Bob (@BlkWhiteFilmPix) sets us off with a bang with his workhorse being a Montblanc LeGrand (wow), and Noodler’s BayState Blue ink.
-For Adam (@freemind62) it’s his Cult Pens/Kaweco mini FP and his vintage Shaeffer snorkel foun tainpen.
-For Brandon (@uvawahoo01) its his Kaweco AL Sport with Platimunum carbon black ink
– The folks at Vanness (Vanness 1938) gave a shout for the Pelikan 400 with F nib and Lamy 2000 XF
Finally for me, and I’ve thought long and hard about this. I would say its my blue Kaweco AL sport with Cult pens/Diamine deep dark blue ink and my black Pilot Bamboo with Diamine Ancient Copper. Then again right up there at present is a recent addition (cheers Adam), the Pilot Custom Heritage 91 Tsuki Yo edition along with the corresponding Iroshizuku Tsuki Yo ink.
Some great pens there, some that I would hardly call ‘plodders’ but to each our own. Oh BTW what’s yours?