Posted 23 October 2014 - 03:37
It depends on if you coordinate your pen use with your attire. If you do then one for each shirt pocket size, times number of preferred nib sizes, times number of clip colors (assume at least two, one gold & one silver to match belt buckle colors), times total of number of desired solid pen colors and patterned pens based upon shirt & coordinating tie combinations. Then add number of special Limited Editions, and then increase total to include at least one example of every major fountain pen manufactuer, ensuring that the total also includes both steel and gold examples of each manufactuer, except for Sheaffer which must also include silver palladium as appropriate. And make certain you have at least one example of every filling mechanism, though the crescent, hatchet, matchstick, blow and sleeve fillers are optional given their rarity. But you must have examples in hard rubber, early plastic, modern plastic, brass, machined aluminum, machined resin, gold filled, Sterling and if you can afford it solid gold and precious Resin. Well, I can go on and on, and double the total if I would get both a mint example for collecting purposes and a copy for daily use.