I'm in the military. I was recently promoted and bought myself a NOS Esterbrook 407-B Dip-Less desk pen with 2668 nib (my favorite!) to celebrate. Man, it's beautiful!
I put a little sample vial's worth of Noodler's Bad Black Moccasin in it to test it out. Though I had to tilt it slightly by placing a mechanical pencil lead dispenser under its far side, it has great flow and performs very well on a variety of paper.
I'm being reassigned to a more prestigious job. I'll be taking daily notes as I do help desk-type duties with the slight potential to write letters to VIPs.
As a going-away gift, a coworker -- whom I've helped troubleshoot minor fountain pen issues -- surprised me with a small, 3D-printed pen holder which will hold five fountain pens horizontally and features my name and AF emblem on it.
Another coworker unexpectedly gave me a bottle of Dr Ph Martin's Ocean Edge Blue fountain pen ink (as well as a bottle of black India ink --- less useful). I've just read a couple of FPN reviews for the ink. While I'm nervous about using a pigment ink, I was impressed with its properties and the fact that it recommends enthusiast-known fountain pens on the bottle.
I'm considering using this pigmented ink as a dedicated ink for the desk set. Would this be silly? The pen should have good flow and desk sets are known to be resilient.
I also considered just using Pilot Blue-Black since I have a giant bottle of it on hand, and it should be very safe.
Edited by JordanN, 03 July 2018 - 16:29.