Ah, you'd be surprised, 40hz. Paper is purchased only during extraordinary sales or on Ebay (Levenger actually has an Ebay ID and sells off stuff there cheaper than usual - often used but what do I care!), and the same goes for fountain pens. I either hit up Ebay for deals or I use Craig's List or the For Sale forum at the [url=http://http://www.fountainpennetwork.com/forum/]
Thanks for the info J-Mac! Greatly appreciate it. I'm one of those people that has been on a lifelong quest to find the perfect writing instrument. Many times I've come very close. But my "perfect pen" is still waiting to be discovered.
I own two exquisite Waterman pens, along with some other nice but lesser offerings from Pelikan. Unfortunately, I don't use a fountain pen as often as I should. And now, sad to say, my penmanship has deteriorated horribly due to the lack of practice. Bloody keyboards!
People who grew up using ballpoints or felt tips seldom appreciate the amount of skill needed to use a fountain pen correctly. Because they're pressure sensitive, you can vary the ink flow, thereby changing the visual weight of your handwriting on the fly. Once mastered, a fountain pen allows you to pack an incredible amount of 'expression' into your handwriting. A well-penned letter by somebody who really knows how to use a fountain pen is almost a work of art.
You just can't get that from Twitter!
P.S. I actually do like the Pilot G2, although I prefer their Dr. Grip
model rather than the lightweight plastic versions.