I'd like to introduce myself as a new member to this forum. I'm a 34 year old male from Oregon, USA. I work for a sheriff's office, as a corrections deputy.
My Agency has yet to go completely paperless. So, I have opportunity to do a fair amount of writing notes and filling forms. I predominantely use fountain pens for this and write in cursive almost exclusively. When I began to use fountain pens at work, I started with a Kaweco Sport, fine nib. Initially, I only used this pen for recording file notes. However, the more I employed its use, the more I enjoyed the experience and wanted to use it for all my writing. Soon after, I purchased another Kaweco Sport with an extra fine nib and a Nemosine Singularity (also EF). Since, that time, my small collection of humble pens has grown to include the following:
Kaweco Sport F blk
Kaweco Sport RB blk
Kaweco Sport EF clear
Nemosine Singularity EF red
Pilot Petit1 F blu/blk
Pilot Petit1 sign pen org
Pilot Petit1 brush pen blk
Platinum Preppy 03 blu
Platinum Preppy 05 blk
Lamy Al-Star EF graphite
Lamy 2000 F blk
The Lamy 2000 stands out from this group as a the most expensive but also by imparting the most superb writing experience. It should be noted that this piece was a gift. Another of these pens that may not seem like the others is the Kaweco Sport rollerball. I purchased this pen specificaly for the use of filling carbon copy forms. With some cc forms one can make use of a fountain pen with an extra fine nib whereby a firm hand may be used to make an impression onto the lower sheet without over-inking the top sheet. However, this is far from ideal when completing important court documents that have as many as four layers to mark through. The Kaweco rollerball has proven to be just the thing I needed for this task. At work, I typically use my Lamy Al-Star as a primary writing utensil and transition to the Kaweco RB for completing cc forms. With these tools in place, I would have thought that my writing bases were covered for routine tasks around the office. However, this assumption would prove untrue when I reached for an envelope to address for post to another regency. Washable ink would not do for this task. So, I usually keep a few ball point gel pens on hand for this purpose and for writing checks.
Now then, a question or two if I may (please, don't count this one haha)? Has anyone got a suggestion for a pen with the following specifications?
affordable - $10-$50
efficient - retractable (not a deal breaker)
economical - refillable
multipurpose - rollerball, compatible with permanent ink
durable - sturdy construction (the Nemosine Singularity cap chipped out at the
rim and was replaced at work by the Lamy Al-Star)
A pen with these specs that doesn't look like a cheap disposable may help me to consolidate my working kit down to two pens. Furthermore, does a bottled permanent ink exist? Please, excuse the noob questions. If posing these questions in another area would be more appropriate, please direct me so. Thank you very much for reading.
Please find attached, obligatory photos of my modest collection of working class pens.