I haven't read any responses to be able to write from my heart without any influence from those responses. During. My journey into "fountainpenland" It has happened to me many times, your experience has with a difference. I mostly have found this to be true on the higher priced (within my budget , up o $250) pens that are constantly shown everywhere as "jewels" not as instruments for writing. And that's what they are, do not be confused. After a year of reading and searching and staring at beautiful reviews where the beauty has taken first stage over usability and smootheness of writing, there is no doubt in my mind these pens are bought. Because of their beauty and not their usefulness. So be it... If that is what you want. Manufacturers have discovered that that is what drives most buyers ebcause that is the culture we live in. We are programmed to admire. Th eperson9s) with the highest tag item at hand, be it a. Car, a house or a pen; better if all of these go together. I started at the bottom of the price list ($1.44) up to the highest that I could afford (as said, $250/pen) I was sooo disappointed with all the hype that I have just discovered in my case to stay at the $50 mark. It works, with the exception of just 2 brands I consider the best although (both foreign) I have not bought the over $300 pens they offer which I think might turn out to be as disaapointting as you explain. In my world, the nib is what makes a pen, the beauty should be an extra bonus to complete its allure. and I shouldn't need to have to use the grinding tools of a novice to "enahance" any nib, cheap or expensive nor have to pay for the skillful hands of a "meister" to fix them.
So I stay on theh $20-$50 marks where I have found the perfect nibs - no fixing needed - to my daily needs. Come on, I am not a calligrapher, so I don't need flex or specialty nibs with special "wings" . What I ask from a nib is consistency, fluidity, reliability in summary a working tool that is available at all times. Contrary to your experience, I find the Chinese pens ( and I am not Chinese) very useful. They are sturdy and reliable and always work. Yes, you may buy a Brand name nib and stick it in; but it just makes something good even better and... the total expense is not more than $20 or $50 if you get fancy with the nib. What's wrong with that? Recently I found $1.60 FINE nibbed CHINESE pens that I had to wait like 10 days to get them, but Oh, boy, was I not disappointed.. That's worth $1.60 (----and free shipping).
I have wasted a lot of money to get to this wonderful discovery: No fancy pens until I get to be amillionaire. And the. Other discovery is that the right VINTAGE pen is the only thing that is worth big money. They knew how to make pens then! So current manufacturers, please learn from the past. But hey really don't care because. They make the profit today, increasing value of their pens over time does not impact them. But they should, if they want people to be buying their pens in the long future.
Edited by Lamyrada, 24 July 2016 - 14:21.