Nice idea! I only carry four pens with me daily (because with four my pen cases are filled to capacity)
But then I have two sets that I use alternately.
One set is purely Shaeffer Balance:
- non-fp: marbled acrylic red ballpoint, it is a beauty in itself.
- for a coloured touch: marbled acrylic emerald, medium nib, vivid Waterman green ink. It starts just as easy, only the eccentric ink colour prevents me from using it as a workhorse.
- workhorse: acrylic dark blue balance, medium nib, with blue/black ink (I think it's Waterman), it always starts immediately, even after weeks of non-use
- to make notes (and doodling) during a boring meeting: my beautiful celluloid Balance LE with fine nib. One of the first LE's I ever bought, the shop has closed long ago. dark blue ink.
the other set is far more eclectic (though mostly European):
- non-fp: a smart little brown celluloid pencil, 0,7 mm with turning mechanism (not in picture)
- AND either a Shaeffer Grand Connaisseur sterling bp. I bought it without it's white dot and managed afterwards to source the right dot and now it is pristine again, blue black ink OR a Ferrari da Varese Columna sterling silver ballpoint. It has a turn-and-drop mechanism! Its tip, together with pencil-lead, retracts and completely disappears into the barrel when the press-button is activated but only if the pen is simultaneously reversed upside-down. Even as a ballpoint it gets attention everywhere. (seperate pic)
- Workhorse: a striped blue and black pelikan traditional (200-size), medium steel nib, waterman dark blue ink (not in pic)
- for a coloured touch: a Stipula Suprema, very large ink capacity. A nice marbled chestnut colour, with ink, that I mix myself to match the pens exterior.
I do not presently have the right picture, but the Shaeffer silver bp and the Stipula Suprema are there. The Montegrappa Queen of Hearts I used frequently with MB British Racing Green ink but since I ran out of BRG ink, I’ve switched to the Pelikan, of which I have fond memories too. I bought it in a small stationary shop while on holiday in Stavelot in the Ardennes.
This is the Ferrari da Varese Columna ballpoint:
Regarding your selection: The Lamy Safari is a favourite of mine too. It will survive even when treated (very) badly. I use several with different nib-widths for sketching with a special very black Pelican india-like ink that needs very thorough cleaning after use.
The last few days I'm contemplating buying a TWSBI 580 or 700, because I hate having a demonstrator leaking ink even inside where it doesn't do any harm. I understand the TWSBI’s are easily cleaned and resealed. That's a great advantage!
Edited by frans-utrecht, 14 August 2014 - 10:32.