Thanks, I will look into this one!Pilot Custom Heritage 92. If you want something more restrained, the transparent black would likely be best.
--piston filler...means bottled ink but bottle's a better value than cartridges. And lets you consider practically any fountain pen ink. (India and drawing inks...no.)
--cap seals quite well, so the nib doesn't dry out
--very good nib and feed...consistent performers for me.
--reasonable price, and it's all where it counts...the piston, the nib, the feed. Jet Pens has them for about $150 all told.
This is a midsize pen...about 5 1/2" inches long. If you like a larger pen, there's the Custom 912. They're opaque black only...nicely formal. Larger grip area, but still an acrylic body so not heavy. Bigger nib too. Cartridge or converter...I prefer piston but Pilot's converters are better than many. The biggest advantage of a 912 is there are far more nib options, but that's probably not something you should worry about too much.
Nib size...Japanese nibs commonly run slightly smaller than European. If you use broad RB/BPs, probably go medium. I liked very fine Uni-balls...and wrote a fair bit on college ruled paper. I prefer a fine.
Ink...for one pen only, most would say blue-black (generally a dark gray with blue overtones) or black. You might also consider blue. Check on the web; there are several sites that have color swatches. There's sites like Fountain Pen Network that have lots of ink reviews, with writing samples.
Exactly what I was afraid of. I was hoping there was some consensus as to a good single fountain pen to own without me having to go deep and become obsessed with a new hobby. Oh well.Rewrite your question with 'fountain pen' replaced by 'car' and '500' replaced by 60000. Then, you'll see how difficult and subjective this question is.
I have a Montblanc 146, Waterman Le Man 200, Waterman Carene, two Waterman Experts, three Namiki/Pilot Vanishing Points, and a few Lamy Safaris.I have a Pelikan M800 as my "one pen", although I also have a cheap Lamy Safari that I use as well. I think the combo I have is perfect.