I fell in love with fountain pens at school and have vivid memories of receiving my first serious pen, a Parker 25, when I was 15. Various pens sustained me through university and then law school, whilst I am pleased that I now have an occupation - as a judge - which requires a considerable amount of handwriting each day in addition to work on my laptop.
As my career has advanced, I now find myself in the position to build up a modest collection of pens. Some of these have been given to me as presents, whilst I have also enjoyed looking for used pens in good condition by premium manufacturers (Montblanc and Pelikan) on EBay.
One of the hidden pleasures of being a judge is noticing the pens that the lawyers use. I recently noticed a barrister writing with a Montblanc Starwalker. When I mentioned this to him, it turned out that he was a collector himself and proudly showed me his JFK Limited Edition Meisterstuck.
Everyday carry - TWSBI Diamond, fine.
Favourite pen for journalling - Montblanc 146 or 147.
The one pen I would rescue if the house burned down - a Waterman Expert, for its beautiful writing experience in the hand and it was the first serious pen my wife bought me.
The pen I ought to love but somehow can't - Pelikan M805 Stresemann.
The pen that got away - my father's Parker Vacumatic that I couldn't find in his desk after he passed away, to my eternal sadness.
Most recent pen - Montblanc Starwalker
My perfect pen - the next one.
Available inks - Parker Royal Blue, Montblanc Midnight Blue, Waterman Florida Blue, Mysterious Blue,
Iroshizuku Tsuki - Yo, Pelikan Edelstein Tanzanite, Diamine Sargasso Sea, Diamine Teal, Diamine Turquoise, Montblanc Toffee Brown, Private Reserve Black Cherry, Herbin Rouge Grenat, Waterman Audacious Red