Thus started my search for the perfect pen. I have used a cheap cross no name pen, a waterman phileas, several pelikanos, a lamy vista, a Reform, a Noodlers demonstrator, a shaeffer calligraphy pen, platinum preppy pens, a pilot plumix, a Noodlers Nib creeper, and various other low cost solutions and was disappointed. Then, I got a Rotring Newton, and was astounded by the quality of the nib, but stymied by the leakage issues I had. Then, I got a Pelikan GO (M75) and still use this, and stumbled onto a sale of a Lamy 2000, which has been by goto 1-2 punch for some time. Then, Kevin had a Densho, and I actually had some funds. Serious pen addiction, I know. My search continues though, as none of these is perfect for all situations. I have detailed some criteria in the images, and have thought of several other key things, namely the ability to swap nibs, and the ability to stay clean. Unfortunately, the 2000 and Densho are a bit lacking in this department, and not really fit for heavy work use for several days. Convertors are out of the question, as they hold too little ink and stopping to fill them is not feasible, as time is money. And, creating an inky mess does not look very good, and can ruin expensive clothing, as I have discovered, much to my misfortune. And, as one of my colleagues with a Pilot VP discovered, hospital floors are unforgiving and had claimed 4+ of her precious nibs. Said floors have claimed my nib creeper and cracked the base of my M75. Unfortunately, emergencies come up.
So what is the perfect pen? My answer is that there are multiple pens for multiple situations, and much like in medicine, multimodal therapy is sometimes needed. Overall though, and perhaps this is blasphemy and will have me banned for life, the Pilot G2 has been a stalwart companion, the ink is nearly bulletproof, it is cheap, tough, inconspicuous, and just works, as long as the refill is good. My Lamy 2000 is a close #2, but the nib is so wet that even X-feather will bleed and feather on the cheap hospital paper. My Densho is not a good choice, as it is just too pricey to trust in chaotic environments, and is currently too scratchy and not reliable enough, although it does hold ink for about a month, even with heavy usage. The M75 is good, and is certainly in the rotation (currently loaded with a mix of X-feather and bulletproof black) as my goto progress note pen, but it is old and the filling mechanism has been comprimised by a nasty fall and crack to the barrel. The cheaper pens have all failed me. I am curious about other professionals experiences at work. Perhaps this would be a good starting point for other medical professionals as well.
Edited by watch_art, 19 July 2012 - 02:56.