What more could one ask for.
Having the perfect pen wasn't enough though and various Ebay searches pulled up an increasing amount of awesome, interesting, old, strange and expensive pens for me to browse through; so much so that ones enthusiasm becomes slightly blunted, even.
Eventually my second fountain pen purchase was a Reform 1745, NOS (New Old Stock) in green and black with an inbuilt resevoir and built-in piston filler from Ebay seller bigeddiephotography -most excellent service btw.
The nib of the 1745 is an Iridium item. This is ranked as being better than not being Iridium by those that know about these things. The piston filler, a little built in twist cap on the end, works faultlessly. The pen holds loads of ink. There is a little clear section in the pen so that the quantity of ink can be easily seen, nice. The Reform is a delicate pen in the hand, easy to write with for long period and comfortable for even big (ish) hands. The cap screws on, this I like tautologically both for certainty and for sureness. And there is a simple level of detailing and a quality of finish that far exceeds the Reform's purchase price.
But in writing, the only test one might say, the writing experience of the 1745 was ever so slightly scratchy and a little ... rough even, after the Lamy. Still perseverance persevered and ...
Now, after a few months I find the Reform is my go-to pen. I like the sound and feel of writing. Thin sound, thick sound, different grips on paper, all movement has a certain Reform sound and feel to it which I value and enjoy. The scratchy has transmogrified into tactile feedback, which I enjoy.
The nib also has a definite spring in it's step, a little flexibility, that allows for a flourishing variety to the line width, and my writing with the 1745 has become undeniably more expressive and interesting.
The Review experience will vary a great deal with the ink you use. This is something I'm only just getting to grips with, for instance Diamine Asa Blue is smooth and lovely all the time in a Review where as Diamine Damson just won't flow regularly or sometimes at all in the Review so I use it in a different pen. I have a Parker Frontier which just loves Damson, can't get enough of it.
Rough and noisy is the new perfect.
Different pens suit different inks.
My favourite ink is Diamine. Made, nay Manufactured in England since 1864.
The colours are perfect. The price is perfect. The size of bottle-v-price is perfect. Perfect.
My favourite pen and pen supplies supplier in the U.K. is Cult Pens.
Astonishingly good service or exactly the service you can easily come to expect.