I'm looking to buy my first Parker Fountain Pen. I'm on a budget of 50 euro including postage to Ireland but it would be nice to keep it closer to 30. Next year I'll be doing really important exams which are hours long at a time so I need a nice pen to get me through. Please, when making suggestions, keep in mind that I have large sloppy writing which is barely legible at the best of times and especially in exam situations when I am writing quickly (which is what this pen will be intended for).
The main things I am looking for in a pen are . . .
- It must be durable and reliable
- It must be comfortable to write with for long periods of time
- I want to be able to write well whilst applying minimal pressure to avoid hand cramps
- Low maintenance and not tempermental
- Preferably fully metal (no gaudy plastic)
What pen would you suggest? I have looked at a few online for example the IM, IM Premium, Urban and the one which appealed to me most was the 'IM Premium Gun Metal Chiseled FP' but I'm pretty clueless so I'd love to hear any suggestions.
Also, where would you suggest I buy my pen from? So far I have been looking on Amazon but I want to buy from somewhere trustworthy, that has the cheapest prices and must ship to Ireland.
Any advice is much appreciated. Please include the price you would expect each pen to retail at and if possible somewhere there is a good deal on it. And with regards to the ink, is it better to use the pot of ink or to buy the refill cartridges? Which is more economical?
Thanks in advance,