So today, I managed to get out the stationery shop and look at pens. I now have a new pen I want to buy--the Visconti Gulliver (discontinued and replaced with the Van Gogh mini, but they only had the one colour--green). It's a cute little pen. The other one that I'm curious about by the same company is a clear fountain pen that was very similar to the Van Gogh. The good thing about actually going to the shop was that I could see, hold, and dip the pens. The bad, they also had the Mozart...
...which was also the first pen I looked at. It's a cute little pen, cartridge only, very light-weight and a good size for my hand. The bad thing is the silver ring is pretty much right where I'd grip the pen. With that problem, I also looked at the Chopin, which is a full-size pen, but it's pretty heavy when posted. So the girl helping me showed me the two Visconti pens which were quite nice, and she also showed me Caran d'Ache pen, but since those're almost all metal pens, I wasn't keen on them. Maybe next time I'll look at the Pelikan pens as they have some of those, but I couldn't remember which pens I'd bought by mail-order (not a Pelikan apparently). ^^;
Given the mixed results, she decided to try something completely low-end but small, the Pilot Birdie. It's cute and tiny! ^^; I bought the fine point, but I might go back later and get a medium point as well. (Going back is relative. I don't mind going to Manuel Latruwe once every couple weeks, but going to the stationery shop... maybe in a few months. It's just that awkwardly located and not-fun to get get to. It's also across the street from my old high school. >.<; ) It comes with a small squeeze converter and will also take Pilot cartridges. It's really fun. ^^; FSU spotted a tiny pen by Xonex that she wanted. It's even smaller than my Birdie, which should be interesting. The Xonex pen writes very smoothly, but with her hands, it's probably going to be rather cramping.
I really should have bought the Visconti pen since I really liked it, but I decided to go with the Mozart, after all. That pen's been preying on my mind since I first saw it in Japan, so I might as well get it out of my system--now! That said, I can bet you the Van Gogh mini will do the same thing now. The good thing is that it's ~1/4-1/3 the price of the Mozart. :P Sadly, I haven't decided if I'll actually *use* the Mozart yet.
And my mail order pens also arrived today. Of those pens, I like the Parker the most. I'm going to pick out which of those unused journals will be my guinea pig and start writing tonight I think. Hopefully I haven't lost too many details from the plot layout that's been stewing in the brain. ^^;
But first thing's first. Edits. >.<;