Posted 19 January 2012 - 16:25
"What i do not love is the way MB has expanded its accessory line to the point where they have begun to overshadow the writing implements. There is no shame in being a quality pen company and I wish they'd stick to it. "
It is a bit crass, isn't it? I'm miffed at BMW, Porsche, and Mercedes for jumping on the SUV bandwagon, but folks buy them like crazy. And that Coach logo fabric on their purses and such is uncouth.
Hey, Rockspyder, I see what you mean, but on this board there is so much positive criticism, and the opinions are opinions that are discussed very civilly. At least it's not a bunch of mindless condemnation.
I can't read the whole forum or even a decent fraction of the forum every day, but I don't see much manufacturer input here except from our friend at Noodlers. On other message boards, a flashlight forum for example, manufacturers are in there often looking to see what their customers are saying about their products and offering advice and great follow up service.
I do not think I will buy a new Cross again after getting two pens serviced under the lifetime warranty. I sent two fountain pens in for nib attention, one of which would not keep the cap posted. After $20 and almost three months, the cap problem was fixed, but the nibs were the same. One of our fellow members adjusted one nib to perfection in just a couple of minutes.
I still want a Parker Sonnet. Perhaps I will see one at a pen meeting and decide if it is worth it. Otherwise, I think I'll stick to what I have, 21s, a 51, a couple of Frontiers, a Latitude. I have some broken Vectors and Reflexes I wish had lasted longer for what I paid. The feeds on the Frontiers and Latitude seem cheap, but they work. I won't condemn Parker, but I'm not feeling that any of the modern ones are going to still be writing well after 60 years like the old 21s and 51.
I detested the two Sheaffers I bought from eBay and resolved never to buy one again, but the inset "dunce cap" nib intrigued me, so I got a super deal on one and love that pen. I would definitely buy one of those again, especially a broad nib.
So, no more new Cross pens, maybe one more new Parker, but I'm not going embrace these brands like I used to.
Don't you wish we could use our pens to write on the Fountain Pen Network Fora?