I forgot about Montblanc, I managed to only acquire corn poppy, Winter Glow is out of my league. I am a red lover. I am now sampling the Iroshizuku line; Momiji is perhaps one of my favorites and since they have the smaller bottles, I have purchased three of them in colors I would not have ordinarily selected. Also, via a PIF, I have nine of the samples. I am trying to come out of my comfort zone when it comes to inks. The J. Herbin, believe when it first came out or was available in the states, I purchased the red/burgandy. I found it clogged up my Pelikan pen, believe it was the gold or something. I have only recently resumed my passion for fountain pens and new passion for inks.
My circumstances are I either enjoy as much as I can since I am unsure of my lifespan and sure nothing acquried will be nearly enjoyed as much as I enjoy them, or I feel guilty for enjoying acquiring something which may seem a waste to someone else. I am middle of the road with decisions pertaining to buying things. I used to be very impulsive. I am adjusting sometimes. For instance, I have been looking, researching, reading reviews, etc. regarding the TWSBI line of fountain pens. Yet, a couple of my Lamys came with the steel version of nibs, I replaced and like the coated black better. I am awaiting a steel nib from GouletPenCompany for my Bexley. I'll at least get to see whether I have changed my opinion of steel nibs or not with the recent purchase. Mainly, it is to replace a nib which is not working well.
I am now trying to determine whether I want to invest in an Omas Ogiva Alba. It is expensive, it has been several years since I have purchased a middle of the road expensive pen. I have had others long time ago, when I could afford them which cost even more, like a Marcel Proust by Montblanc. Now, after going through some lean years due to prematurely being terminally unemployed, I simply ask myself why am I buying something? Am I buying it because I really want it? Or, am I buying it because of residual feelings towards how it looks to have it. I am currently on the fence. I can justify though, Valentine's Day, Birthday in March. I don't contemplate as long as perhaps you do, but I guess I am no longer an impulsive buyer as I would have been before. Your approach is a good one. It works for you. My approach changes at times. Sometimes, I think if I don't enjoy my passions, the few I can enjoy what is the use? Other times I remember those very lean times I alluded to and think there are no guarantees and others could benefit from what I am so frivolusly spending for pleasure.
Edited by fountainpenlady, 05 February 2015 - 06:08.