We all, perhaps, have an ideal: a yearning for something which we never quite achieve. We spend our live looking, and then, when our attention is elsewhere, we may find it.
I am no different; I have spent the past thirty years looking for perfection. And at last, I think, I have found it:
Even though I don't write my novels longhand, I have never given up looking for the perfect pen. You see it in the image above--the Pilot V Pen (known in the US as the Varsity Pen). It's a disposable fountain pen which unites ideal inkflow (neither too fulsome nor too miserly) with a nib at once smooth and firm. It is not particularly attractive to look at, but pens are about utility, not aesthetics. It is also--a factor which should never be overlooked--cheap. Call me parsimonious if you will, but I prefer to have a pen I'm not afraid to take out of the house in case I lose it.
The Pilot V Pen is the perfect pen. Anyone who enjoys the tactility of quill on paper should have one, or several.