In the last year or so I've gone from carrying two pens, to three, to six, and, starting today, back to three. Which may become four tomorrow?
I use one of the new formula Franklin Christoph Penvelopes, in brown -- though it looks more like a charcoal-y black to me.
In it I have:
- Pilot Vanishing Point Tropical Turquoise inked with Colorverse Gravity Wave
- Pilot Custom 823 Amber Inked with Sailor Yama Dori
- Sailor Realo Tenku Gensou inked with Sailor Oku Yama
I have a Galaxy Raden Vanishing Point coming in today that may usurp the Realo, which I haven't been using as much. I loved the variety of carrying six pens, but over the last few months I never emptied anything but the Vanishing Point and the 823 -- and I was flying through those fills -- so I thought it was time to downsize.
lol, that was me before I inked Kiwa-Guro in a PenBBS 309-Goulet-Fine. The ink flowed well with that combo, I could take it anywhere, it wrote beautifully on any paper I tried it on, smooth or feedbacky, premium or cheap, 52 gsm TRP or Mead, and I got into a mindset of not worrying about pens or inks, bobbing my head out of the Rabbit Hole.
That didn't last for long since the nib didn't fit quite well enough, but the idea lasted.
It also helps that my favorite ink color is a Dark Matte Black lol. And I just love the tactile feel of Kiwa-Guro; that's what finished me off lol.
Unfortunately, Kiwa-Guro doesn't like the other pens in my collection I prefer, so I have a Sailor 1911L among other pens for consideration for my "next pen" oriented around using Kiwa-Guro.
Besides that I maybe keep an eye-out for a secondary ink, sometimes for fun, sometimes for necessity, but the "Desert-Island" performance of Kiwa-Guro set a standard for me that jaded me from much else lol.