Instead of buying it as soon as I turned twenty-five, I waited about two weeks for Fountain Pen Day and ordered it from Cult Pens. It arrived the day after and it was love at first sight. The cream colour is offset nicely by the tortoiseshell detail and the gold accenting gives it a nice luxurious air. It definitely feels like a pen for a girl who's all grown-up and that's exactly what I'm trying to portray now that I've hit this milestone ;)
Now, before I bought this pen, I was definitely more of a cartridge kind of girl. Cartridges are great because you know where you stand with them - out of ink? Not a problem, stick a new one in. You can even refill them if you have syringes and needles - something we seem to have an abundance of (maybe its a medical household thing). However, I wanted to give a piston filler a whirl and I'm glad I did. It holds a lot more than a cartridge does and cleaning it every so often is so satisfying. It's also started an obsession with bottled ink but I've been quite good so far and have only stuck to blue and blue-blacks with only one or two bottles of other colours!
Overall, this pen has definitely rocketed up to being one of my favourites and go-to pens when at home doing a study burst. Because of it's value, it rarely accompanies me to university because I know how painful losing it would be. On placement, I've only ever lost two biros (which I think is pretty good going) but I still would rather not risk it.
The best things about this pen? It is lightweight, writes superbly and is absolutely beautiful. It's also nice to commemorate a milestone birthday with something that I can have for years to come and have it remind me of a special event in my life. My next big milestone will probably be graduation and that will likely be a stationery item of some kind too!