!!! As a High School student please hear me out!
I've tried a few different kinds , Pelikan M400, TWSBI 580, Safari, Studio, Vintage Sheaffers and Eversharp, Sailor 1911M , Lamy 2000
You dont get a sense of the functionality of a pen unless you feel it and use it. What do I mean by that?
How the pen caps, clips, fills, displays ink level are some of the most noticeable. When you contemplate buying a pen online you may not like it in person. Also, just because people here are comfortable using their Montblanc 149 or Pelikan M800 at their office desks doesn't mean it's ideally suitable for high school/college shuffling and moving around.
Although I do not own a Parker 51/45, of all the pens listed above, (which the Sailor can be comparable to a Custom 74 in function/feel), the LAMY 2000 is the best pen.
Nevermind the fact that its a gold nib, not a nail and nice soft(not flexible) smooooooth feel, or that its a piston filler with a huge ink capacity, FORGET THAT!
I do not like keeping my pens on my desk (I've lost pens in school that way) or in my pocket (I have to straighten my pocket to pull the pen out... also risking crushing/bending) , or in my bag (I have to get my bag to retrieve it all the time? and have a greater chance of misplacing it!)
The LAMY 2000 clip by design its nothing like all my other pens. It clips and holds effortlessly and I store it on my inner long sleeve tshirt thermal collar (where your adams apple is). When I want to use my pen I simply pull my pen from my tshirt collar. Its as fast as grabbing a pen off the side of your desk... equivilant of pulling a pen out of a shirt pocket ..
I should make a video of how quickly I can pull it out ... its half a second !
I've ran, downhill racing, etc. jumped with this pen hanging from my tshirt and has never come off. It is a slip cap securely held by size fit as well as two 'hooks'. It will never come off by throwing, pulling from one end etc. I wouldn't put a 160$ pen in the chance to fall off and break/ get lost. I cannot say the same for screw caps. My Pel and Sheaffer Touchdown, and Eversharp often unscrewed slightly ! I hate trusting screw caps not to unscrew in pockets/ handling.. .it makes me nervous. I wouldnt trust them dangling from my shirt ... with no bottom. If the pen unscrewed... the pen would fall out through my shirt to the ground. Also , screw caps are screwed by hand torque. My LAMY makes a click to signal its locked securely. No need to double check the tightness or second guess yourself.
I can clarify what I mean by how I store the pen if you want me to. The point is ... insanely quick withdrawl... you can instantly check if you have your pen with you by touching your chest and feeling the pen, and you wont have to worry about unscrewing or checking to see if its tightened sufficiently.
The pen in every other aspect is great. Very durable fingerprint/scratch resistant, smudgeproof material ... unlike others that get all oily and dusty (Pelikan, Sailor, Skyline etc)
Piston filler... 1.5ml or so ink compared to 1.1 for the Con 70 for the Custom 74.. Quick fill .. and asthetic ink window!
Slip cap ... quicker opening than long threaded pens... BUT ... does not beat shorter threaded pens like the Sheaffer Touchdown, Pelikan M400 in the slightest. However these pens are super easy to open in your pocket in my experience! Forget carrying it in your shirt... much less security.
Great balance.. stainless steel front section .. not back heavy.
Ink window ...I dont know why there is so much hate for it. It is very functional even in bad/indirect light... you don't even need light. Level it sideways to see the exact ink level. If you want to check it by holding it up or down.... Hold it up and its clear your at less than 70% If its clear holding it down.. your less than 40%.
Again this is my experience with those pens listed above and my personal experience requirements. I don't have a personal desk with a personal pen stand to put my Pelikan (thats why I keep it home) . But I'm also not working out in the field jotting down notes on my knee notebook stand where a one handed- click ballpoint might be preferred.
I'd love feedback on my opinion and system ... I'd love to learn and improve.
Edited by xTwiinKy, 10 January 2014 - 21:57.