I love my grandson, but blast and double blast! His favorite color is green and he's been after me for that pen for months. I gave him the full course in fountain pen care and maintenance. I'm glad that he is interested in fountain pens, but blast it all! Oh, why couldn't I have had a green Hero to give him! Maybe I can get one and trade it to him before too much harm comes to the Esterbrook.
Oh, why didn't I know that visumasters didn't all have the metal top holding the clip on? It is my fault, I know, but blast it all!
Thanks for the information, Paul. I guess I just happened to be a better grandpa than I thought I was -- at least in this one instance.
I sincerely understand, David.
And I can say truthfully that I and most all of the pen-collecting friends I have met over the last 36 years have had the same or similar experience. I still think, now and then, of a certain old Parker with a strange nib that I traded away one day, to a guy who knew more about Parkers than I did ....
Best one can do is release the pen, release the regret, resolve to learn more and continue on. If you put your mind fully to rest about it, and it becomes OK, it'll likely come back to you and then some. I can only relate my experience, but once I was able to let it go, since that fateful day, and even into present time, I've scored some fantastic pens and great deals on stuff I never thought I'd even see, much less possess (Esterbrook and otherwise).
You've given your nephew a treasure; not the greatest of all Esties (if there is such a thing), but maybe that significance will alter his "BOLE" nature for the better. Or maybe he will trade it back to you for one of the newer, more up-to-date pens. Anything is worth a conversation ....