I do..but I don't like excess by nature and decided to keep it strictly to 3...
Any more I simply feel is not necessary and can easily fall into obsession.
As a fine art painter I though tI would use them often, and I researched everyone...really, everyone..just as I do with bespoke shoes and suits.
Always found a kindred spirit in Leonardo, and also wanting the best and sentimental as I am, I found the small Florentine mfr. Stipula.
As I live in Florence and have for several years, and as my days are numbered I came across the special addition "Da Vinci" their "broken glass" edition...no longer available now and i think it is very beautiful...paid 450euro for it..
Then came across the Leonardo Sketch Pen by Mont Blanc which I find genuinely beautiful and outstanding quality. Another 450Euro..
Any genuine and knowledgeable collector will tell you that MB are not what they used to be..the vintage pens are where it's at (across the board really).
..excluding their special editions however which are all very well done, very creative. All refined, researched well, in very good taste, and of top quality.
But I would never pay the prices asked for them even if I money were not an issue (if I can even imagine that)..
Lastly, an old, perfectly restored Waterman from 1927. Black rubber with 2 solid gold engraved rings. Got it for a steal online at $80USD.
Yeah, I looked into Visconti, but the quality just isnt there..
The only thing I liked from the were their leather pen case wallets. I got one for 3 pens which they no long er make. I have never seen another o fits equal...I dunno, 150Euro I believe.
This was all 5yrs ago. Done.
I'll tell you a story. I (perhaps foolishly) always carried them within their case everywhere with me..
Never used them for sketching while out and about but always brought them nevertheless.
I never get pickpocketed, but last year at this time unusually while in a Trattoria one busy day having had too much wine and lost my guard, had my backpack stolen from beneath my chair.
I was broken...I havent the $$ anymore to ever replace them.
A week later a get a call from the Carabinieri...my backpack with wallet, pens, case, everything had been returned..
This NEVER happens in Italy..Never.
Germany I would expect it, here no way..
I was of course overwhelmed and I always try to repay kindnesses.
I found the woman who did it searching the phonebook and bring her flowers often to this day.
I thought it was stolen due to fact it is a military backpack I use which I bought from a UK military supplier online. Super durable.
My cellphone and cash were taken only...nothing else.
She simply found it and returned it...
She thinks (as do I) it was some gypsie scumbag or anti american military person believing I am military.
She said she was touched viewing my sketchbook and reading "God is a Story. God is a life lived."
Now of course I will never sell them ... and don't bring them everywhere with me!
Over and out.