Can you have too many fountain pens? Or, at least, can one say he has enough fountain pens?
I've tried to say "Yes" to both of the above questions. Several times - usually after I find another fountain pen that's just that little bit (or very much in some cases) different.
Urushi Herald fountain pen, from the Edison Pen Company and the hands of Brian Gray and Ernest Shin, is a case in point. An ebonite pen, coated in many, many layers of lacquer, covered in 23.5K gold power and then further layers of pigmented lacquer.
The process took months of painstaking effort, by hand.
The two men strove for an modern touch with pigments chosen to produce a teal color. However, the vagaries of handcrafted work and the heat and humidity of this Spring and Summer caused the end result to turn out darker than they'd originally hoped for.
The pen is clip less, the first of such that I own - leaving me terrified I'll drop it or let it slide from a pocket. Not a problem were I to leave it at home in a desk drawer - but such pens should be used. My favorite description for fountains is "functional works of art". As such, they should be allowed to fulfill their function.
I opted for the F nib - without further customization, for that would be a waste of the pen crafter's skill. My ability with pen and ink falls far short of the skill required to make use of the more esoteric flavors of nib style.
The resulting line is not as fine as I've seen with other nibs, but the clarity is all down to the nib, and not the writer.
Given the lacquering that's been applied to this pen, it's recommended that one doesn't "post" the cap. This is not a problem in my case, I'm European. Sometime last year I read that caps are seldom posted in Europe. Who knew? It seems I've been doing it "right" all along - at least in so far as how "right" is defined where I hail from.
As it turns out, I don't post the cap while writing because it changes the center of gravity of a pen for me, leaving it seeming unbalanced.
Given, however, the green cast to the entire pen, I may go looking for a deep and rich green that should complement it nicely.
Below is a sample of how the pen writes - using the Pelikan Royal Blue, on a Levenger pad.