Diplomat is another German pen company, but they produce a traditional pen which is famous for their bullet-proof quality, for example, the enamelled pens have fourteen coats of enamel on the brass barrel. Most of the fountain pen nibs are steel, but, like the Safari above, are smooth writing. While the quality is there, the price is economical giving a thermonuclear bang for the buck. Designed and made in Germany.
Caran d'Ache Pens
The Swiss know where quality, beauty and good design all intersect. A Caran d'Ache pen is always a pretty pen, with the super quality the Swiss demand. If you don't mind spending a few dollars, look at the Ecridor. If you prefer a more economical pen, look at the Office series. The pencils are excellent, too. Designed and made in Lausanne, Switzerland.
What wallet is not a pain? Saggy leather, always a struggle to get that card in or out, and a big lump in the bottom of our pocket. Consider the Secrid Wallet. At its heart is a neat aluminium compartment that holds five credit cards. Operate a small lever at the base of the compartment, and all the cards are pushed out in a neat fan. select the card you want, use it and slip it back in when finished. Safe from Radio Frequency (RFID) scanning. So small, so compact, and works so well. It won't change your life, but it will remove a petty frustration.