I realized, once again, how stuck I am on black and white, or silver and black pens. This photo is actually several years old and I have added a number of pens since then, most of which are black and white or black and silver. Recently, I was about to purchase another pen, which was black carbon fiber and silver. I paused and wondered why I would buy another pen of the same color combo as most of my others? The answer was simple, I still like that color (less) combo! (Although, I did not buy that pen due to marginal reviews.) No surprise, my favorite ink is basic black - though I note that they are not all equal. For example, Pearl Noire from J. Herbin is the blackest of blacks, I love that ink. My pens seem to like Pilot black the best:" it doesn't clog or dry out very easily. While I would never wear a tuxedo that is not basic black, I do have some pens in other colors, which I enjoy and use often. But in the end my first choice is always basic black. By the way, one of the best and most affordable basic black fountain pens is the Levenger Truewriter Obsidian. It is one of my basic work pens, filled with Noodler's Polar Bulletproof black. The TW Obsidian is always ready to write, even if I've not used it for several days. No matter how beautiful a pen is, knowing that it will write the moment you touch it to paper is the best feature of any fountain pen.