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Years ago had a thing for fountain pens and collected a few. I find, though, now that I'm retired I only use a pen a few times a month. So, not only have I stopped buying them, I haven't even bothered buying refills for them.
The last part is very true for me. Used to buy cheap sun all the time and lose them all the time but since I started buying nice ones I haven’t lost any.Having a nice pen is part of my ‘Kit’ along with nice watch, sunglasses etc. How anyone defines ‘nice’ with the attendant budget, is entirely subjective of course.
I have a beautiful cobalt blue marled resin montefiore espressione that’s my daily user.
i have a nice story too. When I was learning to write with a fountain pen in the junior school if I ran out of cartridges I would sometimes ask my Mam if I could borrow her fountain pen which she always kept in her handbag, and she always said no.
After she died in 2003 I told my family there were a few things I’d like from the house, and when I next went home they’d been put aside along with a few other things thrown in, including her pen.
I got online and found it was a Parker 51 with the ‘hooded’ nib, which they stopped making in the seventies and is not particularly valuable but is revered in the fountain pen nerd community as like the VW beetle of pens, reliable and long lasting.
I took it to a ‘writing instruments’ shop and was told it dates back to the second half of 1955 - right when my Mam and Dad were married. I now think it was a wedding present from my Dad which explains why she was reluctant to let me use it as a kid. I put some ink in and it works perfectly.
The sad result of a company that makes such reliable pens is that you only need one so I hear that Parker are now in trouble and have of course offshored whatever production they have left. Sixty six years old and it works as good as new.
Surely getting a nice pen is preferable to using a load of shitty Bics and throwing them in the landfill. Even for people who say ‘Oh I don’t want a nice pen I would only lose it’ - would they not be less likely to lose it if they had a decent one? See also razors, sunglasses, etc. Come on fellas - get a cool pen and do your bit for the environment!