For Hakase, it's not a case of "stretching" your budget but rather obliterating it. They start at double, and you wouldn't want that one.
I will also add that I wouldn't allow the converter issue sway you too much. Yes, Sailor converters have limited capacity, and Platinum converters tend to die, but they're dirt-cheap ($5-15) and easy to source. With Pilot/Namiki (and Hakase too) you get the biggest capacity and the largest range of converters, but some people absolutely detest the CON-70. I personally think it's by far the best converter out there...
(Striking through Hakase off the list) ...but I'm still going to see it in person if possible.
Yeah, it's just a little bit of a rant from me personally. I have used the CON-70 and as usual, I find that cleaning the back part of the converter not enjoyable.
Of you are opening up to the Yukari Royale I personally would put that first in your list. I found it a great fit in the hand and very well made.
I agree Hakase are out of budget really, bit Ohashido could work well. Probably a bit smaller than you might want.
Yes, still keeping the Yukari Royale in my options since it is not way off my budget.
Jas anyone mentioned Stylo Art Kariizawa as an option? They have some nice options in your range with Pilot nibs.
Actually no, another one in the list I guess if I happen to stumble across one. Thanks!