Thank you, everebody for your fast and detailed advice!
I will look toward Leuchtturm1917 or other alternatives that you named.
I chose a medium nib especially for signing documents. And I would not want to go for another ink as i adore my very first one - toffee brown.
BTW - what do you think - is such colour okay for signing papers?
It is not bright enough to be too extravagant for an official document?
I wanted to be a bit oroginal and to make sure that my signature stands out from the rest. But not too much
Looks like it could be a good idea to get another pen for everyday notes - with fine nib and a different - less wet ink.
thank you, all!
For official documents, I learned that black is the most proper. Same with official correspondence. Blue implied a little more informality. But recently, the manner has changed and BLUE is the most proper colour. This is because when you photocopy the document, you can tell the difference between the copy and the actual document if the signature's in blue (the copy comes out black).
Historically, the reason why black was the preferred ink was because the notary ink was black; J Herbin's history touches on it a little, where legal workers used their black ink that was reputed to not fade for three centuries. Black fades the least. In Asia, the ONLY colour available was black, since we used burned carbon as the ink. Either way, east or west, the colour was black.
So in response to your question: they will request you to use blue ink (or black) when signing legal and official documents, such as will. If it's just a regular correspondence with your friends, you can write in Rachmaninoff rose (I've had my mother write to me in that colour - she plays the piano and his fan - very pretty.) You can argue that the intent is what's important not fiddlesticks like colour, but I guess using a fountain pen is partly because it's laid with a millennium of tradition and why flaunt the colour tradition when you're valuing the writing implement tradition?
Most people on here have the "main" pen, where they throw around in their bags and back pockets. The most popular one is Lamy Safari, probably because it writes on par with other, more upper-end pens and is very, very cheap. Their "touch it and you'll have your hands chopped off" pens stay at home, because bringing it around can lead to dropping, bumping, scratching, yahoos asking to borrow it, e.t.c. Even slight bumps can slightly off-set nibs (although I can't tell anyway, but grinders can, apparently). Other favourites are Platinum Preppys. Those are refillable, but the price is around the same as Pilot Vpens and Varsities.
My high school writing teacher - who also taught all the etiquette on writing anything, from wills to correspondence (so much so that everything had to be hand-written unless specified and in ink... most of my friends used rollerballs) - had a BIG poster above his door that said, "DO YOU HAVE YOUR BLUE". Blue is used that frequently as the official colour nowadays.
I do wish that I'd see someone sign a BIG will with Sakura gelly rolls. But I doubt that'd ever happen.
Edited by GabrielleDuVent, 31 May 2013 - 09:29.
Tes rires retroussés comme à son bord la rose,
Effacent mon dépit de ta métamorphose;
Tu t'éveilles, alors le rêve est oublié.
-Jean Cocteau, from Plaint-Chant, 1923