I very nearly lost my Pelikan M800 Renaissance Brown today, which would have been a terrible way to celebrate Fountain Pen Day.
I'm at a medical meeting in Austin, and when I got up to leave the afternoon session, I stopped by the silent auction to see what they had. A former president of the organization is a rather skilled kit pen maker, turning out some beautiful finishes, and he has about a dozen of them in the auction, along with a couple of bottle of Iroshizuku ink. I told the ladies there that it was fountain pen day, and got my case out to show then the M620 Grand Place and the M800 Renaissance Brown I was carrying today. Imagine my horror when the M800 was missing! I went directly back into the meeting room and found it under the chair in front of where I had been sitting.
With a huge sigh of relief, I went back out to show it to the ladies. If it hadn't been for those kit pens I had noticed, I probably would not have recovered the Pelikan. So don't ever let anyone tell you that kit pens aren't good for anything! I am tempted to go back and buy one of them out of gratitude. I already have bottles of Take-sumi and Kon-peki, so I don't think I will bid on any of the ink.