I usually have a fountain pen, but I don’t like the way most fountain pens have a fairly large diameter.
For a while Parker had a slim fountain pen. The body was plastic and would eventually crack where the pen screwed together. It wasn’t too often, so I’d just buy another one when it was too broken. For a long time they only came in black plastic, but they started offering them in opaque blue and red. They changed the plastic shortly thereafter and introduced some transparent varieties, but the new plastic broke much too easily. They’ve stopped selling them, AFAIK.
I bought a similar looking Parker that was a bit nicer, but it was of the chubby pen family, and just didn’t feel right… it took weird refills and eventually I couldn’t find ink for it easily.
The next pen I bought based mainly on the type of refills it took, and partly on look/style. It had a diameter even larger than the Parker it was replacing, and felt so awkward that I eventually began to grow attached to certain brands of rollerball (Pilot EasyTouch, Another one that just a plain black capped pen, very fine point but it writes extremely easily and smoothly… very black ink. I have one right now, but I usually remove the cap clip, which is where the brand is I think it’s a Uniball)
Anyway, my fountain pen jag was restarted when a friend brought a LAMY Safari Al-Star back from Germany for me. Safari’s are huge pens anyway, and the Al-Star has an aluminum skin that makes them the fattest of the series. It made me want a fountain pen, but so symbolized everything I hate about most fountain pens. I began a quest for a nice skinny fountain pen.
I ended up with a LAMY Logo. It’s machined stainless steel with brass inserts for some of the internal wearing surfaces. It’s very nice and, best of all, about the same size as other writing instruments.
That said, I still use the no name disposable black pens I mentioned above for most things, because the paper used at work tends to make writing with the fountain pen look furry as the ink spreads along the paper’s fibers. :dubious: