It is kind of surprising to me that, at least in Colorado and California, millennials seem to be almost universally complimentary of my pens, typically when I use them to sign the ubiquitous credit card receipts. When one comments on a pen, I will always give a short description of it and the ink, which at least one time in four gets further questions. In meetings at work I am routinely asked what pen I'm using today. Maybe I am just dealing with a small subset of more inquisitive people, but it is kinda nice and a little bit unexpected.
When I was in college, back in the 70s and 80s, people tended to be more dismissive of my pen peculiarities, though I was routinely complimented on my penmanship. Most of my contemporaries typed - or had someone else type - their papers.
Retro is cool, at least in places.