I spent last week in training on new design software that my company will be transitioning to. Part of the time was hands on but there was plenty of opportunity for note taking too. At the outset I had decided that I was going to limit myself to one pen and ink for my notes and it turned out to be a very rewarding choice.
I purchased this pen last summer at the DC pen show. It had been on my want list for the better part of a year leading up the show and I had vacillated on its purchase on several occasions, the price making me second guess the purchase. This particular pen is a 1970's vintage 146 with a 14K gold nib and ebonite feed. While it has always performed well, I think I have found its perfect ink. I first inked the pen with Waterman Mysterious Blue (formerly Waterman Blue Black) which was OK. Next I tried Graf von Faber Castell Cobalt Blue which was better. Now I have Aurora Black in it and it is perfect. It glides across the page beautifully.
Does this make me a bona fide member of The Black Pen Society? Probably, but there is a certain satisfaction with using a really good pen in a room full of people who are using the Bic Stic's that they stole from a hotel.
I have lots of great pens and lots of great inks but this pairing was totally dialled in and I never wanted to switch it up in the three days of classes.