The pens that I have come to use most these days are the Imperials with the inlaid nibs. They are always ready to write. I am using several in fine and extra fine, cartridge and Touchdown. Desk pens and fountain pens with caps. The older Balance type pens, even in entry level incarnations, are also exceptional. For American pens it is hard to beat Sheaffer at any level of price.
After many years of sampling stuff I have come back to the Sheaffers of the 1960s, the Imperials. They made great extra fines.
Thanks to Maiin Street Pens for selling me the burgundy Imperial VII Touchdown filler in extra fine. A long journey to find my favorite pen. I have been topping it with the 1996 Holly Pen cap. Looks good.
I've seen many Imperials for sale locally, but most are of the bling style, meaning gold-plated (rarely in good shape), so I've been skipping past them. But I will have a second look. After all, I can either remove the entire plating or if the specimen worths it, restore the plating. Thanks!