I'm a big fan of fountain pens. I learned to write with one, and while 90% of my writing these days is either done on the computer -- or with a Pilot G2 gel -- some writing simply requires a good fountain pen.
Yes, ball point pens are convenient, as are roller balls, and each one is fully capable of forming readable letters on paper -- but there's something kind of nice about writing with a fountain pen. An elegance in the midst of a fast-paced world that spurns elegance in favour of expedience.
My writing -- barely readable at the best of times these days -- becomes marginally better when I pick up a fountain pen.
In the past if I reached out for a pen on my desk, odds are it was going to be some variety of fountain pen. Since my law enforcement career began (trust me, "Press hard, you're making four copies" simply doesn't work with a fountain pen) I have gradually lost, or given away, my beloved pens, leaving me with an ancient Shaeffer and a Parker of uncertain provenance which I never can seem to find when it's time a jot a note.
During a visit to the Metroplex, La Fatale introduced me to Pilot Varsity pens.
I don't know who came up with the idea of disposable fountain pens -- in this day and age -- but God bless him, and I hope he's making a ton of money.
I've got four of the little jewels rolling around my desk as I type this, and there are two more in my briefcase.
Granted, they're not as smooth, nor as precise, as a good quality refillable fountain pen ... but for two bucks each, they're pretty darn good.
And if you lose or break one, it's not liable to induce the aneurysm that would result from dinking your brand-new $50 dollar Waterman -- or three-digit Pelikan.
Pilot Varsity disposable fountain pens get the LawDog Paw of Approval.