We’ve had watches, cars, cameras, then the recent English threads reminded me of school, then fountain pens.
My handwriting is appalling, much the effect of a physics teacher with eidetic memory. He used to read the relevant section of Nelkon and Parker the night before and then stand at the front of the class expecting us to write down every word. He had not heard of dictation speed!
Regardless, apart from a decent pencil, fountain pens are my favourite writing instrument.
These are some of mine.
Left to right -
Ohto - fine nib, a dry writer and for me scratchy, but it is my shopping list pen
Conklin - the appearance is very similar to a Swan pen that my father owned, sadly stolen in a distraction burglary.
Cross - picked up in a closing down sale, replace a similar one that I had at college, a bit small in the hand, but a nice fluid writer.
Jinhao - a brand found on Amazon, Chinese copy, I had nieces and nephews that showed an interest as they reached sixth form. About £18 for 5, the Quink ink was more expensive, but a fun gift.
Diplomat - absolute bargain, about £20 in a John Lewis sale because the box and paperwork were missing.
Kaweco - pocket pen, bought for that reason.
J. Herbin - another pocket pen, the first I found, then replaced by the Kaweco because it tends to leak.
Not shown, I have a few Lamy Safari and despite being low cost, none of those shown is a better writer!