Fountain Pen: The color, the piston filler and of course the unbeatable Sailor nib makes this Classic Fountain Pens Sailor Pro Gear Realo Red and Black Limited Edition 20th Anniversary pen John's top choice.
Ink: Platinum mix free ink kit. John enjoys mixing colors to get exactly the hue he wants. When Sailor discontinued their Red Brown, he was able to match it pretty closely. Why stick to one color when the entire palate is available?
Nib: Sailor Medium/Fine 14k nib." I just finished testing another Sailor Medium/Fine rhodium plated 14K nib with ink on paper. Several things impress me. It was both smooth and reasonably fine (the same size as the Pelikan Extra-Fine point).
Sailor has the most profoundly involved relationship with nibs of any company I know of. Besides an amazing range of specialty nibs, they offer a finely tuned range of practical nibs in the smaller sizes from Extra Fine, an accountant's delight, to Fine, to Medium/Fine, all falling below most Western manufacturers tips rated at Fine.
These are the practical nibs capable of note taking, marginalia and not likely to blot on poor paper. For me, with my aging eyes, the Medium/Fine achieves a perfect balance between legibility and smoothness. Anything smaller begins to be hard to read without optics and is just not as smooth. This nib, because of the cut, glides across the paper on its own hydroplane.
We offer this nib both in solid 14K gold and for the same price a rhodium plated 14K that fits into the Sailor Sapporo and Sapporo Mini as well as the Mid-size fountain pens.
If ever there was a smooth practical writer's nib, this is it."
Book: Fountain Pens of Japan has taught John that there is a big world of fountain pens that he did not know existed. The pictures are beautiful and the history fascinating.