I use 2 Estie Js at work more than any other pen I possess (The other being a TWSBI Eco with a stub). I love them! I have NOT purchased any pens in months since my first question is always.... "To get into my rotation this pen has to replace one of my Js. Will that honestly happen?"
However, I sit at a desk and make copious notes during the day. This has resulted in me using a ballpoint a good amount of time. Taking the caps off one of my Js and putting it back on over and over is just not something I relish a great deal. I will occasionally, even if only to enjoy the feel and writing I can get only from a fountain pen.
I realize I could benefit from a desk pen. I have an opportunity to buy one with a 112 base. My question is "How well does the base prevent drying out?" I see no point in investing in a solid performer of a desk pen if I'm going to have to spend precious time getting it to start if I happen to not use it for an hour or two. Is it that good? Do these things work the vast majority of the time? or is it case by case?
I would be willing to get the pen if I had a decent shot of finding a suitable base (if the first one doesn't pan out); but how likely is it I'll be able to find a suitable one?
I remember desk pens from visits to the bank when I was quite young, but they were either the dip pen ink well variety (once) or a ball point, so I have no personal experience of a fountain pen in a base. At least not an ink filled working one, which is a shame. I would be over the moon to be able to let the ballpoint gather lint in my pocket until I need it to write on plastic bags. Do I have a viable dream?