I don't have that many pens, althought some people around me think I'm nuts for even having the number that I do have (about 20). The most-heard comments are:
"Oooh, that one looks nice!"
"Pens? Really?" (This is a polite version of "Dude, seek help")
"That must be expensive!"
"Which one is your favourite?"
"Which pen is the best pen?"
These last two questions, those are tough. It's not so easy to pick a favourite pen, at least not for me. Nor to pick the best pen. I can think of several possible criteria to select a favourite/best pen:
A aesthetics, design, beauty, materials used
B collector's item (rarity)
C practical every-day use (size, sturdiness, reliability)
D the writing sensation
E the neatness of your handwriting with a particular pen
F emotional bonding with a pen for no apparent practical reason (you know you love it)
G price/performance ratio
For me, a different pen wins out for each possible criterium although some score high in multiple criteria.
Anyway, at some point I bought a Platinum Preppy and promptly gave it away to a colleague who fancied it. Then I bought two more and those also disappeared like snow before the sun. By now I must have given away ten or more Preppy's (I try not to write Preppies), mostly to lefties, and they adore them. Initially I dismissed the pens as cheapo throwaway stuff, but my colleagues do everything to them that you should not do to a fountain pen and so far none of the pens has been damaged in any way. So gradually I started using Preppies myself more and more. I use the 0.3 mm nibs and the more I use them, the more fun they become. Preppy's have a *huge* feed and the trick is to have about 50% of the fins covered in ink. It takes a while for a brand new one to reach that, but it can be sped up. Once half the feed is saturated, the pen writes fantastically well with a nice, wet line that nevertheless dries quickly. There's a slight stubbiness to the smooth, pleasant nibs that really appeals to me. Also I definitely prefer the feel of the Preppy's plastic over the Plaisir's rather flimsy aluminium.
I'll always love my Sailors etc, but my two Preppy's grew on me. They're usually on or near me and they never disappoint.
(Inevitably people will claim that their Montblanc 149, Visconti Homo Sapiens or Pilot Custom 823 are infinitely better pens. I'm not disputing that - I love my own higher-end pens as much as anyone. But priced at about 450 street, the Homo Sapiens is about 110x more expensive. Does it perform 110x better? Or even 10x better? The Preppy is an incredible feat of engineering at this price point.)
Edited by TheDutchGuy, 07 October 2018 - 16:22.