My name is Laura, and I’ve been using fountain pens for, oh, it feels like forever.
I think the first new fountain pen I owned was a black Waterman Laureat that family friends gave me when I was in high school. But the first fountain pen I bought for myself, and the pen I used most for years, was a red Lamy Safari with black clip that I bought in my college bookstore. I believe that was the fall of 1982. I could lament that I didn’t buy the Savannah Green Safari instead, now worth hundreds. However, the bookstore didn’t stock that Savannah Green, and my brother lost or sold my original Safari years ago anyway. I still own the Laureat, though.
I have since added other pens, and now have a small hoard, too many by anyone’s standards, although I keep being tempted to add others. I suppose if you’re reading this, you are the same way.