First off, you need at least TWO pens (or other writing instruments).
When pen #1 stops writing, for whatever reason, switch to pen #2. Do NOT try to change ink or troubleshoot the pen during class, as you will not be paying attention to the prof or discussions. Deal with the misbehaving pen after class, when you have idle time.
I also would not bother to carry a vial of ink, to refill the pen. To me, carrying a vial of ink, is an accident waiting to happen. Do your refilling at home, or in the dorm, where you are in a more controlled environment.
College can be a high risk environment for a pen. You move between classes, library, lunch, library, classes, etc. So lots of chances to loose your pen. So I would not get an expensive pen to carry with you.
So what is expensive? If it hurts financially to replace the pen, or you can't afford to replace it, then it is expensive.
With a piston or other refillable pen, refill the pen each day, after you finish your homework. This way you start the day with a FULL pen.
Here are my list of pens that I suggest:
new/in current production:
- Lamy Safari/Vista/Al Star
- Parker IM, Reflex, Vector (I think the Vector is still in production)
- Pilot Metroploitan
- TWSBI Eco
- Some of the Chinese pens are excellent choices
not in current production:
- Parker 45 (a pair of 45s were my college pens)
- Sheaffer school/cartridge pen
I would not deal with a sac pen in college. Maybe at home to do your homework, but not to carry to school.
As for the Noodler's. I am one of those with a bad experience, actually TWO bad experiences. I have a Konrad and Nib Creeper, and both would DRIP ink, as I wrote. Hours of fussing with the nib/feed could not stop the dripping.
Edited by ac12, 20 October 2017 - 19:12.