My favorite pen is the Pilot 78G. The Lamy is a sentimental favorite, because it began my fountain pen journey. The Chinese pens are pretty, and write well, but just don’t speak to me. The Parker Vectors are hands down the best utilitarian pens that I own. But my heart belongs to the Pilot.
I acquired two extras shortly after I bought the first one and discovered just how much I liked it. One took flight within a few months, so I tried to be protective of the remaining two. But I did use them. A second escaped from my badge lanyard last week.
Somehow, the main part of the pen came unscrewed from the cap and dropped, presumably into the witch’s brew of corrosive, toxic and otherwise unpleasant chemicals that live in the pit underneath of my machine. And then there was one.