Okay, the above title is misleading. I have no horror stories to tell.
If someone says, "Does anyone have a pen I can use for a second?" I willingly hand them my Waterman Phileas fountain pen. That act has drawn gasps from friends who were taught to never NEVER lend anyone a fountain pen, not even for a moment. One knowledgeable friend said the pen would never write the same way again. (I wondered if the pen could sense betrayal—the way a horse can "smell" fear.)
I admit, I am not as careful with my fountain pen as most people are. I use my Waterman Phileas the way a teengager uses their skateboard. No big deal. It gets me from here to there. If I bang up the black enamel, so what. It stopped qualifying as "new" as soon as it got even a slight scratch. No more babying after that.
I'm not here to argue; I know no one is going to advocate pen promiscuity. But I am inviting you to share your experience regarding pen lending.
• Have you lent your fountain pen, only to have it handed back as bent as a pickle fork?
• Have you noticed a distinct shift in the "personality" or feel of your pen after someone else uses it?
• Is your pen totally chaste...never ever having been used by any hand except yours?
As I said above, I do not yet have any horror stories to share here. I have handed my Phileas to store clerks, people in line at the grocery store, even to a grade-school kid. I have noticed a very similar reaction each time. They stop, examine the nib as if they have never seen such a thing, then carefully (and I underscore "carefully") set the pen to paper. The only strange moment was a humorous one, when a friend carefully turned the nib upside down (fude-style) and signed their name perfectly. No harm, no foul.
[DISCLAIMER: Do not try this simply because a complete stranger (me) claims to have done it safely. For all you know, I am a bad guy trying to trick you.]
So please lend me your experience on the subject. I know you have heard horror stories, but I am particularly interested in first-hand accounts. Who knows, you may help others avoid an awful experience.
Edited by TwelveDrawings, 29 August 2013 - 00:17.