The 3776 can be had from Asia for a much more sane price in the $70 USD range
If I remember correctly, Wilson was a volleyball? Very hard to write with those...
You really have quite a few options here, but I'd be inclined to recommend a TWSBI, a Vac 700R or a Diamond 580. Both have massive ink capacities, and both write really nicely. Not everyone's a fan when it comes to the brand - but I've found them very reliable, they're significantly cheaper than a Platinum 3776 or a Lamy 2000, and have a larger ink capacity than the F-C Loom!
I think we're zeroing in on the 3776 and 2000 - definitely consider the vanishing point too.
The 3776 is, in my eye, a better fountain pen with more personality and the soft fine nib is very expressive. The Lamy 2000 is the better tool, massively durable, good performance. If you want a pen that will also impress someone who looks at your hand when you write, hands down the 3776. If you value utility alone, Lamy 2000. They both write very differently, the 2000 has a bit of a sweet spot where it can be toothy if over rotated, and the 3776 can be toothy if you write with firm pressure. The 3776 soft fine can sing a bit too until it is broken in. It also has a more traditional grip, whereas the tapered 2000 is very much its own animal. Both are easy to clean and care for. If it were my money, and I have a 3776 soft fine in chartres blue and two Lamy 2000's g (EF and F) I say the 3776 is a better all-around pen. More flash, more personality, but it still writes every time thanks to the slip and seal cap. I also find it less mess prone than the 2000 whico can be picky to dripping in the cap with certain inks and requires a wet tissue to clean the brushed steel grip after filling.
Edited by Honeybadgers, 05 November 2017 - 09:49.