I am new to the "Business Trip" world. My previous jobs were, let's say, less prestigious, and the farthest they'd send me was to go get coffee for the office. (Glamorous, I know.) My current job is with a much higher-profile tech company and they're sending me to a very fancy industry gathering this month. Very fancy, literal movie stars everywhere, I have to buy brand name clothes for it... Stuff like that.
Bottom line: I need to bring a pen! I'll be writing on business cards and taking notes, and I want to bring a fountain pen or two, but am struggling to decide on one (or two) to travel across the country with.
I'm torn between bringing something engraved or special-edition, or just bringing something very affordable and less fancy, and I don't have much to choose between:
- LAMY Al-Star (engraved, gift, first pen ever)
- Jinhao x450 (meh)
- Jinhao x750 (slightly less meh)
- TWSBI Eco Transparent Blue (special edition, limited quantities)
- TWSBI Eco Blossom Red (also special edition)
- Cross Bailey (engraved, gift)
I don't really want to bring either of the TWSBIs because they were limited editions (or limited supply, at least) and I don't know if I could replace them, and I REALLY love them and would hate to come home short one of those.
I don't really want to bring something as cheap as a Jinhao, because if anyone knows pens they're going to know I brought something ridiculously cheap. (Is that true or is that my social anxiety??)
I am not even willing to bring the LAMY because it is just too precious to me (gift from my best friend, it's engraved, and it started this whole hobby for me). I know it's "just a LAMY Al-Star" but it's sentimentally valuable to me.
And then the Cross pen is left, but it too is engraved, and is my nicest pen!
I'm leaning towards my Cross pen at this point, even though it's engraved, just because Cross is well-known, it's a good solid pen, and I'm not going to cry as much about replacing it. It's on the expensive side amongst my collection, yes, but that's not saying much. But, I wanted to ask everyone's advice. I'm even open to "go buy a nicer pen to use at the event" if that's the advice!
To make this a little more fun, I'll also ask: what pen from your own collection do YOU bring to gatherings?
Thank you so much for your replies!