I have a really nice BIC pen that I like. I'll be sad when it finally runs out of ink and I have to throw it away :-)
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Yes I am also an expensive pen collector. This is an unfortunate circumstance, having two costly hobbies at once. I have paid a lot more for audio than for pens ink and paper. I haven't bought a pen for $1K but I have shelled out more than that for audio gear. What pens have you got that you can tell me about. My biggest pen expenses run in the category of standard Omas and Pelikan.
Parker is still highly respected and costly if among their rare and collectable series. You would be surprised to see how many command good money. Do a search on Ebay for Parker pens and order the result highest price first. It will be a while before you reach $25.00.
Fountain pens still command the highest prices, the oldest tech around, c sound vaguely familiar?
@Mechans - Yes, I vaguely remember the letter "c" - it was included in the conversations when I would listen in on the ladies talking about certain Parker Fountain pens. What does "c" mean anyway?
I remember those pens looking very elegant and kind of feminine.. high tech with very small pointy tips. They were very attractive pens for sure.
I collected pens as a young man, but eventually wised up. However, I use a Parker Duofold ballpoint daily (about $300 now) that I got in about 1996, that often impresses clients. It has a Lifetime Warranty! Parker replaced it twice (the design wasn't as robust as they apparently intended.) Parker was acquired a while back, and the new owners are somewhat less amenable to honoring the warranty. They seem to think that "Lifetime Warranty" has some legal definition that is not exactly what it sounds like, and they seem to be prone to blaming the owner now; I had to pay for the last problem, which is always the retraction mechanism. I understand that the warranty is two years on new Duofolds. It may make some sense to buy an expensive pen intended to last for the rest of your life, but not otherwise, imho.
On the other hand, if you want a good fountain pen, it aint' cheap to make an 18K rhodium plated nib.
Not really a pen collector but possess some pens that are interesting in a historical sense.
I was given several Presidential bill signing pens including
a JFK bill signing pen, a couple LBJ bill signing pens & a Richard Nixon bill signing pen. Due to the way I received them I have no doubt regarding their authenticity. There is quite the cottage industry in fake JFK stuff. The pens are easy to fake because very similar pens were sold in the White House gift shop for some time. There is a slight difference in size between the ones used for signing & the ones sold from the gift shop.
I bought a silver pen and pencil set in late 70's that had a cross hatch pattern I found very secure to grasp. It's remarkable how pens like than simply vanish. Have you had any fly away? As far as collectibilty I think great quality pens can be a very good investment. When i bought my silver ones-sorry can't remember name, just that they were very respectable, they were a couple of hundred dollars + ; but I felt they were worth it bought one and had it engraved for a dear friend; he still enjoys his nigh on 40 years (so they certainly make great presents!)