Earlier in the week I tweeted about signing some important documents one morning. I didn't enter the encounter with any specific intentions, so I didn't happen to pack anything special with me. However, when it came time, I signed with my Pilot Vanishing Point. (Yes, I'm just as shocked as you that the Visionnaire was not used for this purpose)
I was able to sign with my VP because it is always on me. If I leave the house, that pen is in my pocket, period. I have other pens that I love equally, but none that combine utility, reliability, and finesse in such wonderfully sweet congress. The metal body is durable, even after the finish gives way. Click-deployment is infinitely handy. And that Japanese gold nib is so smooth while still being truly extra fine.
I've used many inks in my VP, but the one I keep coming back to is Rorher and Klingner's Salix. The well-behaved blue-black iron gall ink hits the same key notes as the Vanishing Point. Water-resistance, permanence, minimal feathering on cheap paper, a classy presence on the page, and a polite attitude in the pen.
I love both of these products independently, but together they are my favorite combination from my entire collection.
Do you have one Pen+Ink combo that stands out from the crowd? I'd love to hear which and why!