What I Bought in 2016: Fountain Pens

2016 pen purchases

I like to do a year-end accounting of what I bought, to keep myself honest, and to try to learn a little. Here’s what I’ve learned looking back at my 2016 fountain pen purchases: ouch.

I bought 19 pens this year. They are all very nice pens. But I find the total number surprising, and excessive. Also, two of them are purple. Which is just messed up.

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11 thoughts on “What I Bought in 2016: Fountain Pens

  1. Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of somebody else.
    One of my favorite quotes is from Judy Garland. I guess I’ve always been somewhat of a rebel. The world would be boring indeed if everyone were all the same. The ones who stand out to me, are the ones who are themselves. Even if she puts it aside for the time being, the pens/ink will come back in time. I firmly believe that.

    I was at a wedding dress store one day with my daughter. One of the young women who worked there was wearing a particularly cool shawl/poncho. I told her I liked it. She thanked me and said she was a little old fashioned, and liked some of the older designs to wear. I recited that quote for her, and you should’ve seen her face light up! I spoke with her only about 3 minutes, but I bet she never forgets what I told her. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. It seems we all feel a bit tinged with guilt when confronting ourselves with a list of the whole year’s acquisitions. We can but strive for moderation in the New Year and see if that lasts beyond January! Happy New Year to all๐Ÿ˜Š

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  3. Guess you are not too bad. You did not even lose money, right? Great!

    I spent over 1000โ‚ฌ (Pelikan M200 Clear, M200 Blue, M205 Yellow, M300 Black & M320 Pearl, Pilot Falcon, Pilot E95s, 4 Plumixes, 1 Kakรผno, 10 Petits, 8 Platimum Preppies, 2 Ahabs, a dozen KaWeCo Classic/Skyline Sports, a Sport Luxe, an Art Sport Amber, a vintage Sport V16 (piston filler!), a vintage Geha Steno and 2 beautiful vintage flex) on pens this year, ouch. That shocked me so I sold some of them, gave some to my 2 children (mostly the plastic Sports and Petits) and only keep my most expensive ones. These are now all used as there are “only” 10 left and always inked. I also gave some away to friends who showed interest in fountain pens, these all get used and are loved now.

    Still, next year must be about ink. A much cheaper way t treat myself now and then …

    Have a phantastic New Years Eve tomorrow and a Happy New Year with your loved ones (and pens and ink ๐Ÿ˜‰ all around you!

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    1. That makes me feel better, too! Thank you. And excellent taste. My next post will be about the ink I bought. That is not quite so bad as the pens. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Happy New Year to you, too, and to all reading this.

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  4. <<>>
    Give it to her!! I had considered that pen for a future buy. I’ve never used a Lamy before. But I have talked myself out of it.

    Your Sheaffer pens however and of course the Aurora are on my future wish list…LOL. You have done well this year, that’s for sure. I also like one of those Kaweco pens you bought. It is a sickness I tell ya.

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    1. It is sort of a sickness. I’m thinking I’ve finally cured myself of the Lamy bug. ๐Ÿ™‚ Or Lamy did. ๐Ÿ™‚

      I would give the Lx to her, but she doesn’t actually want to be associated with fountain pens these days. Apparently fountain pens may not signal “cool” to everyone. Hard to figure. ๐Ÿ™‚


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