The Gold myth is just that. A nail is a nail, be it good steel or gold.......pure bling and nothing else.
Too bad you don't want piston pens....'50-70 German semi-flex pens are mostly gold nibs.
You are going to give away those non-gold clunkers right?
I was a one pen man for 40 years.........twenty my silver P-75 was locked up in my wife's jewelry jail.
So you don't want valuable or pretty pen that will walk...............do suggest having your name engraved on your pen, to prevent it from walking.
Have you decided what paper you are going to be stuck with the rest of your life...same with the ink brand. Then you can pick a single width.....for your single pen.
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Gold is not softer than steel as a nib.....some who say so are comparing a semi-nail gold nib to a steel nail. A nail is a nail.
I don't know which company makes a steel semi-nail.......but enough make gold semi-nails, like P-75 or a oh...scratch Pelikans.
Have to stick with Japanese only 'soft' nibs for regular flex in you don't want piston pens.
If you get a factory modified gold Pilot it is semi-flex. One pen....naw not that either. For best results you would need to find different papers and an ink or three....and that would be different from what your nail or semi-nail or even Soft nib will want.
I find cartridges to be super expensive....but what do I know, they were too expensive for me in the late '50's....and the rest of the decades. Do make sure your converters have little springs in them to break vapor lock. A needle syringe is nice to re-fill cartridges with. Cartridges can be re-used some 20 times perhaps more....so keep that in mind.
A decade ago, when I was noobie, I thought 10-12 pens would be more than enough ...and that much ink also ....................that was long before I found out paper was more important than ink.
Your first mistake was coming here....some one will mention a pen....did I rave about the standard sized P-75 it has a squeese gadget, one can use a cartridge and a converter. Is a gold semi-nail.....posted has absolutely great Balance....and it is fancy silver pen...that can be admired by one and all for @ $200-225.
Your second is thinking gold is something special out side of bling. IMO. Of course all you want is modern, so the great steel nibs are on vintage piston pens. And I do have gold nibs from the same company that can match their steel nibs........both being =.
Ignore the P-75 I think you want large pens like your Chinese ones.
Ever heard of two toned shading inks, sheen inks? F & M nibs do best for that. EF don't do those inks..........do need good papers.
As an alternative to a one and only fountain pen....I was very impressed with hybrid ball points.........one can even get them in different widths.
If you want to be bored....a single pen....that you are forced to use....when there are so many pens of different widths, lengths and balance points. So many different nibs....over 45 of them.
Have you been been to Ink Reviews? Sandy1 is our Ink Guru, and uses 4 different widths of normal pens, on four better papers......and you would not believe it's the same ink.
Writing is 1/2 nib width/flex, 1/3 paper and 1/3 ink and in that order.
And not the least bit boring.
One pen is like eating only a Whopper.....the rest of your life.............not fun. Boring!!!!!!
Can't play with inks, can't dance on different papers.
Edited by Bo Bo Olson, 04 April 2019 - 22:40.