In a recent thread I referred to the pen on the right as an "8-ball". My mistake, it's my first Esterbrook Desk Pen, and I don't know much about them yet. I was worried if it would dry out when not being used, as the lever filled pen seemed to sit pretty loosely in the holder, but as it turns out it's just fine. Smooth 2668 nib, De Atramentis Gaius Julius Caesar (gray) ink, and it works beautifully.
What I hadn't mentioned was that I also had the Dip-Less set on the left on its way. When I got it, the assembly with the plastic capillary rods had come apart and they were strewn all over the inside, but 10 or 15 minutes of work with tweezers fixed that. Filled it up with Noodler's Walnut and replaced the 9556 nib with a 1551 for now. Then I discovered one stray rod on the table top, but I put it away it a baggie for now. The pen seems to work just fine without it; maybe I'll put it back in when it's time to refill the inkwell.
Chief: "Wait a minute, are you thinking what I'm thinking?"
Smart: "No, Chief. I'm thinking what I'm thinking." - -