Note the lovely wide spill-proof base…this is actually an empty W&N bottle.
I like mechanical pencils, finding them particularly handy when sketching , as there’s no frantic scrabbling for a penknife in the heat of the moment…useful too from the security check angle too, come to think of it!
One has a lovely fat soft lead in it, which lasts for ever!
Cheap-o pens, but I love ’em! Super reliable and with a good range of inter-changeable nibs.
The Pentel brushpen is a lovely tool – super dooper rich black ink and a lovely soft synthetic tip…DO ask a friend to try one if you haven’t met them before, but they are not an expensive item to try adding to your kit!
Together with this section of course should be included a reference to ink, and trying to find suitable inks for fountain pen sketching can be a salutary experience…fortunately I belong to the excellent Facebook group “Fountain Pen Sketchers” , so got lots of feedback when forced to try and get an emergency supply of black ink! I KNEW already that one should NEVER put the wrong kind of ink in a fountain pen, so was ready to make do for a while with dip pens, but the following amount of info was great! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=1483812865063849&set=gm.2099847940285415&type=3&theater&ifg=1
I’ll also include here a reference to the travel ink bottles I use…https://www.alpinetrek.co.uk/nalgene-dose-polypropylen-storage-containers/
These bottles are ultra-reliable, but for ink I would recommend that you choose examples which have a good stable base, like this one!
It’s ALWAYS a good idea to try out a new fountain pen if you possibly can before buying…I couldn’t believe it when I found this excellent workhorse at my local stationers!
My Confucius Fude is another case in point…I already knew that this would be a heavier pen, and this one takes ‘newbies’ quite by surprise with it’s unusual weight…..but I wouldn’t be without it now!