There are a lot of Lamy Safaris in there. I’m testing a few ink samples. The Safari is a favorite pen for trying new inks, because I can switch in different nib widths. And the ability to color-code inks and pens saves limited brain cells.
There’s my beloved Montblanc LeGrand with black ink. I always have a pen filled with black ink. There’s my Emerald of Chivor pen, a Pelikan M600. There’s a tiny Kaweco Sport — my son’s. There’s an old Waterman Laureat; that was one of the first fountain pens I ever owned. I left that filled with Waterman Blue for maybe 10 years, clipped inside a spiral notebook. When I found the Laureat a few years ago, I only had to flush it out with water, and the pen wrote as well as ever. Its poor clip has been bent out of shape after a decade attached to the notebook. Bumps and bruises don’t matter; its still works.
There’s a rollerball in there, for its waterproof ink; someone gave it to my husband as a business gift, and he passed it along to me. There’s also a Lamy Safari ballpoint and two mechanical pencils. I use them, but more importantly they give other people something to use.
The ballpoint and one of the mechanical pencils are pink. Not just because I like pink. But also so my husband doesn’t walk away with them. Marriage is of course a matter of love and commitment, communication and compromise. But a bit of strategy comes in handy, too.