15: What pen (or stationery product) do you love in theory but not in practice?
I love flex nibs and have tried a number of pens in search of the perfect flex nibs. Along the way, I’ve “kissed a lot of frogs” which just did not work out well.
In that process, I’ve found that the best flex nib options on the market are the SCRIBO 14kt gold Feel the Flex nib, the Pilot Custom 912 FA (with the ebonite feed from Flexible Nib Factory - not affiliated), and the 14kt gold Jowo elastic nib.
16: What pen (or stationery product) would you never let someone else use?
I would never let just anyone handle my fountain pens. If I know the person well and they know how to write with a fountain pen, I’ll let them use any of my pens.
If a stranger off the street asked me to use one of my fountain pens, I might let them borrow my Kaweco Sport or Lamy Safari. Definitely not my Montblanc 149.
17: What pen (or stationery product) would you never use for yourself?
Although Namiki Emperors are considered the superior, top-tier status fountain pen, I could never see myself wanting to write with a pen that large. Even the Montblanc 149 is a bit too big for my taste. The 146 is my Goldilocks size.
18: What pen (or stationery product) could you NOT bring yourself to buy?
A Visconti Homo Sapiens.
Although we try to thoroughly check each Visconti pen that goes out to our customers, I’ve seen way too many quality control issues that are shocking for such a costly pen. Many issues of which, thankfully, are never seen by our customers.
I know the Homo Sapiens ranks highly for many fountain pen enthusiasts. Yet, you won't ever see one in my pen collection.