Okay. Most people think Montblanc is the best FP company also... But upwards of 80% of them don't know much about FPs. Just go ask random people who make good FPs, they will answer Montblanc, but I assure you more than 99% of the people you ask would have never used a Montblanc.
Also, before you said Montblancs nibs are great, you said "Actually one of the main reasons I love MB is how their nibs are just awesome, with different designs and patterns."
Sorry, but I actually buy pens with nibs that write well, even if they aren't as "awesome [looking], with different designs and patterns."
Well for people who think MB is the best FP company, they aren't wrong either, and I DO know about FPs and I have used a wide range of pens from all different makers, italian, japanese, american, german..For me I do think MB is the best FP company at the moment. If you've seen the quality of leather that LV uses, I find it to be of exceptional quality as well despite them charging a kidney for their products.
Pelikans don't all write out of the box as well as you think. There are loads of people who complain about Pelikans NOT writing as well out of the box. For me, I've owned a few brand new and a few second hand MBs and I've never had a problem with any of the nibs, never had the baby's bottom problem either. None needed readjustment/grinding by a nibmeister. My M800 on the other hand, needed a little tweaking brand new as the flow wasn't as great and it was a little skippy..That being said, in my EDC I always have at least one MB, and perhaps sometimes my M800 does accompany me..
IMHO Pelikan is starting to be a bit of a 1 trick pony, a bit like the Audemar Piguet of the watch world, it just has one design with loads of different variations in colour for its barrel and thats about it. Thats why I don't feel that it is half as interesting as MB. Oh yes, and sometimes it comes in a smaller size as well. :/ How exciting.
I hate every pen I can't afford. At least, that's what I tell myself.
On a more serious note I do think MB's are overpriced for what they are, but so are Pelikan's and all those SE's from the likes of Mont Grappa and Visconti to name but a few. They can be hugely attractive pens, but their price makes them into something else other than a pen. They become a mark of status, wealth and ostentation, and that's not really why I buy pens. MB for me personally are a little bit plain for the price level, but if you were really, really into that style of pen I can see why you would salivate over them.
Actually it is people like you who usually start discussions on why people are dumb enough to spend their money on overpriced pens etc, people like you who start brand bashing simply because you aren't willing or are unable to pay the price for the aforementioned pens/brands. While I am not accusing you personally, it is also people like you who when you finally pony up the cash eventually to buy the pen, that you realize that it isn't always just hype and that you end up enjoying the pen enough that you stop bashing it.
Its not about being a mark of status in my POV, most people out there don't even recognise the fact that the pen I am toting to work is a MB. They just think the nib is fancy and that it is a calligraphy pen and that is why my writing is all swirly. Calligraphy isn't really considered a mark of status hey? I've only ever met one person who recognised the pen I was using is a MB, and he happened to be a fountain pen user himself..Very few pens will ever mark you as a wealthy person unless the pen is diamond studded.
Take a Pelikan Raden for example. That costs a fricking 3k+. Do you think that anybody will even come close to guessing that your pen costs anywhere close to that? Truthfully, the answer is no. Pens are very rarely a mark of status believe me.
Ps: Please give pens from brands you "hate" a try, get them cheaper on the second hand market, I think you will be pleasantly surprised and will start appreciating them a lot more.
Fountain pens are like weapons. They just make your pocket bleed so much.