I’m going to briefly compare last year. In 2015, I ended the year pretty thrilled at my pen acquisitions, even though I totally blew my budget. I didn’t buy as many, but they were all amazing pens.
This year, I spent a lot less. Actually, dollar-wise, I spent nothing, because I sold some nice pens and some ink this year, and used those funds, plus some birthday money. But number-wise, I ended up buying more pens than I would have thought. And I was surprised by the total.
That’s the thing that nettles me. That I wasn’t paying attention. I went from zero to 19 without noticing it.
But, let’s look at the roster. I’m going to list the pens by brand this year. It’s slightly less painful that way.
Aurora: (1) I bought an Aurora Optima 360 Monviso. This was my big purchase for the year, courtesy of birthday money. It’s a handsome pen, as you can see, up at the top of the page. The only thing is, I chose the factory stub. In retrospect, I should have gotten a standard nib.
Kaweco: (3) I got the AL-Sport in Grey and Light Blue, and a plastic Skyline Sport in Metallic Violet. I love any AL-Sport, and I especially love the Light Blue one. I don’t like the color purple, but I really like the Metallic Violet anyway.
Lamy: (8 )
For the same reason I added the new Green Safari. Now the new Green is just like the old Apple Green, which I already own, but the new Green has a black cap medallion. So the Green is for the collection.
I bought two older Safaris (white and yellow) with black clips in the old plastic boxes. Nice, and for the collection.
I bought the special Safari x Line Friends Brown in Red from South Korea. Adorable, and for the collection.
I also bought a Lamy 2000 with extra-fine nib. It’s a very good extra-fine nib, though more of a special-purpose pen for me, compared to my 2000 with a fine nib.
And my final Lamy, an Lx in Rose Gold. I am on the fence. My 16-year-old daughter, however, loves it. And the nib is super.
Nemosine: (1) I bought the Singularity with stub. It will not win any beauty contests, but it’s inexpensive and good for ink-testing.
Pelikan: (1) I bought the Pelikan M205 demonstrator in transparent blue. I have a hard time resisting blue pens or demonstrators. Here we have both, in a Pelikan. Resistance was futile.
Sheaffer: (4) I bought two fixer-upper PFMs. (You know that eBay whoops thing, when both your snipes win?) I’m going to fix these up, and use them for a bit, but then I think I’m going to sell or trade them. That’s because I also bought a green PFM.
It turns out that the PFM is a pen I want to use every day. So I only need one PFM. And I think I’ll pick the green one; I’ve grown attached.
Then, in November, I stumbled on a Sheaffer Targa in Green Moiré, which I also want to use all the time.
So here I am. I don’t collect Sheaffer pens. Having two Sheaffer pens that I want to use daily is more than enough for me. So, apparently, I’ve reached some sort of enlightenment here. That’s not like me.
Venvstas: (1) I bought a prototype of the Carbon T. I really like it, and the price was reasonable. The nib/feed has started drying out on me, however, so I need to email Lucio Rossi and ask about that. He’s so nice; he’ll get it squared away. I like this pen a lot.
So there we are. Very nice pens. There are a few things I wish I had done differently, or maybe not done at all. I do wish I had bought fewer pens. But looking at them up there, I guess it’s not really so bad.
The Lamys, okay — that’s bad. Maybe that will cure me.
But the rest of them … actually, it doesn’t look that horrible. Still, I think the word for next year will be “mindfulness.”