I'd be grateful for any wisdom from the community on this family matter.
My son is about to finish his second novel, and I thought it might be nice to give him a decent pen as a way of acknowledging this achievement — and also perhaps of addressing the issue, which is a long-running family laughing-point, of his handwriting, which is bizarre.
Here are the main considerations:
- I don't know whether he'll like a fountain pen at all. At present, he schleps around a pocket-sized Moleskine notepad and a stubby pencil which, as far as I can tell, he never sharpens. This is a mystery. I'm not sure I've actually seen him use a pen of any sort.
- He is a lefty.
- He has developed over the past decade+ a style of penmanship that his mom calls his Secret Handwriting, on account of the letters being so tiny and queerly formed that no one but himself can possibly read it.
My own penmanship is nothing to brag about, but I did begin to care about it a little, and to rediscover the pleasure of writing by hand, when on a whim I bought my own first fountain pen at roughly my son's present age. It was a little green-and-black Pelikan 1xx something, for about $38 US. So I've thought about waiting for the sexy new blue M120 to come out ... but then I think, Nah, no telling whether he'll ever actually use the thing, and the price is silly anyhow. (And I fully intend to get one for myself, silly or not.)
Likewise, the Pilot E95 seems like a rather elegant replacement for a stubby pencil, but it's an appreciable investment that might live out its sad life in a drawer.
So I'm thinking now of something in the ca.-$50 range — nice enough to regard as a serious pen, but not so precious that he feels guilty if he finds no use for it whatsoever. E.g.: a Lamy LX, Pilot Prera, Platinum Cool or Balance, TWSBI Mini (again with the stubby pencil in mind). I've never used any of these, nor any other Lamy, Pilot or Platinum. I just recently discovered TWSBI which I'm mildly enraptured by — but really all I know about personally are Pelikans, and somehow I acquired a Sailor 1911 and a Parker 51, so my own experience is not much help.
Thank you so much for any thoughts!