I remember that you are highly allergic to urushi. That's too bad. I have two more urushi pens coming this week. But, last weekend I picked up a modern Wahl-Eversharp Signature that is simply amazing. It is acrylic so safe for you. A very impressive writer, nib, feed, size, everything.
Oh some of the pens I've seen have been drop dead gorgeous. But for me they have to be "look but don't touch."
A while back someone in another thread was castigating me for being alarmist -- but sorry, no. I've had poison ivy go systemic on me, more than once. The last time it happened I went to the ER on the way home (and this was after just a few hours of contact at MOST). The ER resident prescribed prednisolone, which did squat. I then went to my regular doctor, who put me on a run of prednisone -- that surpassed the symptoms but they came back. So the doctor sent me to an allergist -- and SHE said "Oh, they just didn't put you on a big enough dosage for long enough.... Here!" and THAT prescription of prednisone started with 5 pills a day and went down to half a pill a day, and FINALLY knocked it out of my system. But it took six weeks.
I admire urushi pens from afar for their beauty and workmanship and artistry. But I can NOT NOT NOT use one safely (I don't care HOW long they claim the finish as cured) -- so there is absolutely no point in me buying one. Early on I ran across an entire website of maki-e pens. Simply gorgeous. Some of them were breath-taking. I sighed, looked at my husband and said "Congratulations dear -- I've just saved you twenty THOUSAND dollars!" Somehow, though he just did NOT seem to appreciate my sacrifice....
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."