The relevance of that statement is unclear to me. Does bronze and copper develop a patina from:
- a beating;
- excessive wear and tear; and/or
- undue physical impact or abuse ?
OK, so are you saying that the sanding constitutes deliberate "abuse" which made the pen "nicer", before any/repeated polishing by human skin through usage week after week?
I have a Delike Alpha with a brass barrel and cap – courtesy of an Amazon marketplace seller who sold me a Duke pen with a fude nib that doesn't write consistently when in upside-down orientation, in spite of what the item listing stated – and I don't detect any lacquer on the surface of the metal finish.
There is a lacquer designed to emulate patina. take a piece of 400 grit sandpaper to it followed by 800, 1600, and 3000 and then polish it on a buffing wheel. You'll see what I'm talking about (a side benefit is it removes the doofy "war and peace" that's laser etched into the lacquer). The lacquer will come off in places with use, I've been literally abusing my alpha (i had to pop a car side window with it a few months ago) and the lacquer was wearing through, showing streaks of raw brass under, so I sanded the lacquer off, filed in a ring for the clip to more robustly secure into, and polished it. The wear and tear, including scratches and dings, is giving it character and personality that a new one just doesn't have. It tells a story about me and what the pen went through. It's part of why you NEVER, EVER polish well patina'd brass on antiques, as doing so will literally slice off 50% or more of its value.
I think you and I are just never going to see eye to eye on word choice. I detest semantic arguments. You understood what I and the OP meant, I'm not going to discuss it further because it will result in me saying something rude. But even with your thoughts on "abuse" as "damaging", a lot of people really like nicks and scratches, particularly on raw metal pens, because they tell a story. I have an urusi coated japanese eyedropper that my mother salvaged off of a sunken japanese battleship in the 1970's. It spend over 30 years underwater, it has a cracked cap and lots of "damage" but I find it beautiful because of that damage.
Also, Massdrop occasionally lists lamy 2000's for $100 USD.
Edited by Honeybadgers, 09 October 2018 - 08:57.