Frank I always go through your comments multiple times because they reveal an interesting story behind each pen, be it a capless one or a hefty 823. And many times from your story, I borrow ideas to use a particular pen. Thanks for sharing your rationale for inks from the same manufacturer. I usually limit it to Country of manufacture
You comment further motivates me to get a Broad nib of Smoke 823 and I guess Hari would have already inked his 823 again.
Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate all the work you put into your pen reviews. I still haven't figured out how to post an avatar, much less a photo. One of these days . . . . I have a Pilot Bamboo and a Custom 74 with broad nibs. As you know, it is broad, but not too broad. I almost always use fine nibs at work, although lately, I have been taking a stub nib with me as well for signatures, in addition to the fines. Pen people like Richard Binder, draw a distinction between inks made by pen companies and those made by ink companies. People have tried to put my "ink rules" into print form, here is an example:
She didn't them exactly correct, but it was a start.
Yes, it's a very reputable store that is in it's 3rd generation of owners I believe. Their products are great and shipping is good. And by good I mean he packs everything securely so that there is no damage whatsoever in transit.
Also, about your democracy comment on vermillion custom 845, I believe Pilot was initially reluctant to make it at all. I am sure that the shop pays a premium or something to Pilot Japan for manufacturing it apart from the usual mark-up.
I bought Pilot Custom 823 in smoke last week for $170.
Thanks for the information. Their web site is very impressive and they sound like dedicated fountain pen people. I am glad to hear about their good service.