@sirgilbert357: The Wing Sung 3008 looks fantastic, but some Amazon reviewers suggest it isn't the sturdiest or best designed:
"I don't feel safe taking it outside. The body feels weak. The part that you twist to suck up ink also doesn't feel very secure, and I could imagine it could be turned quite easily by accident and spew ink" (https://www.amazon.c...ASIN=B075XCNTND
The way I travel, these pens will have to survive airplanes, trains, boats, ferries, nice buses, 3rd world "chicken buses" bouncing up and down over potholes, trekking up volcaoes... you get the idea.
Therefore the idea of a pen spewing ink all over my stuff at random intervals is kind of a deal killer. (And that's been my experience with a lot of "made in China" stuff... wonderful, and wonderfully cheap, except for some minor design flaws which make the whole show unusable.)
You did mention the Lamy Studio. I'm not very familiar with the Lamy line (despite being from Germany, ha) but I've seen them on sale around here. Are they worth looking at as well, even if they're not quite as cheap as the Pilot V-Pen/Varsity?
@Mew: Thanks, but people (@inkstainedruth) seem to suggest eyedropper pens have their own issues which would make them unusable for my purposes. (it's gotta write RELIABLY.) Do the Lecais get around those problems somehow?
@mitto: Awesome suggestion. I found this review of the Dollar i717 (http://althaven.com/...trator-giveaway
) and it looks ideal. I do hope it's robust and seals well, one of the things I've liked about the Pilot V-Pen/Varsity is it's leak- and bomb-proof.
@inkstainedruth: Thanks for the comments on eyedropper pens. I was initially considering one, but what you say suggests they are not the right pen for me.
I looked up the TWSBI and the Dollar i717 (see my reply to @mitto above), thanks for the tip! I see Straits Pen even allows pickup from their offices in Singapore, that's great. The TWSBI Eco is certainly within budget and the TWSBI 580 might be workable.
- How much smaller is the Eco, physically? (I have big hands)
- I've looked around and been unable to find a comparison of the pens' ink capacity. Do you know where I could find them?
@mech-for-i: Generally I'm writing on a locally purchased notebook (probably cheap paper, though sometimes I can find the good stuff) while sitting at a cafe table. Or lying on a bed. Or sitting on the back deck of a ferryboat, perched on a plastic stool that's been so degraded by sunlight it's about to disintegrate out from under me.
I also have BIG hands.
@Sailor Kenshin: Wow that's brilliant!
@SoulSamurai: I looked up the Pelikan L65. I love the concept, but can you refill them without a special bottle? My experience is specialised stuff tends to break or get lost or get clogged with dirt, I would prefer to stay as simple as possible.
@katerchen: Ha, well if I wasn't a perenially broke writer bumming around the poorer parts of the planet then I would have just got a Montblanc 1949 and called it a day
Fortunately TWSBI pens look to be cheaper in Asia than they are elsewhere in the world, and not too hard to find (see my response to @inkstainedruth).
I like that TWSBI includes silicone grease, tools, and o-rings with the Vac700r.
@sciumbasci: The joke is, I actually bought a Platinum Preppy once as an experiment, but (maybe because I was trying to crunch a Parker piston converter into it) it absolutely failed as a pen... writing reasonably well but vomiting ink onto the page at unpredictable intervals.