Late to this thread - @no frills, just wanted to comment on how splendid your Nakaya is! I'm slowly starting to be a frequent FP user (all my notes at work are done using either a Pilot Metropolitan or a Lamy Safari) and slowly upgrading my pen purchases! Like watches and shoes, I find FP can become really addicting!
When one wants to upgrade from the entry-level starter pens, what would be a reasonable, intelligent purchase? I'm thinking Lamy 2000 but I am more fond of the more classic aesthetic (cigar shape, black or dark burgundy, gold trim and nib, etc.). Thus, I'm drawn to the Italix Parson's Essential, but I wonder about the quality. Although it is held in high regards and finished in UK, the base pen is still chinese made. I'm not saying all chinese products are inferior, but still. Any other recommendations in the 100-200$? I also like Pilot Custom line, the smaller Pelikan (until I can afford the M1000) and Sailors!
Late to the thread Sean, but for $100 you can get a Pilot Custom Heritage 91 with their divine SFM (soft fine-medium) nib; another fifty bucks will get you a Custom Heritage 912 in the same configuration. Those are my go-to daily writers. If you want something more interesting, you could get a refurbished, guaranteed vintage Pelikan 400 or 400NN from Rick Propas. Also fun and super reliable, with a nice tasteful, aged character to them.