I dunno. I'm not THAT old. But I'm glad that I actually went to a B&M shop so I could try both the F and M.
That was actually a pretty good day. Got the pen, some ink, and a French ruled Clairefontaine notebook there at Bromfield's up in Boston. Okay, Noodler's Qui She Huang turned out to be a mistake, because it feathered on every paper I tried, but the bottle of Caran d'Ache Grand Canyon, which has been discontinued, was half off and it's a really nice brown. Then, in the next block as I was walking back up Bromfield Street on my way back to the T station, I passed a place that mostly sold sports memorabilia and something in the window caught my eye. Turned out to be a display/sales card for Esterbrook dip pen nibs with two holders. Ten bucks! after that place, I went up to Cambridge to Bob Slate's in Harvard Square to poke around, and bought a Miquelrius 200 sheet journal, just to try (liked it so well that I now bulk order the 300 sheet ones, a dozen or so at a time, for doing morning pages. Even at 600 pages, I still go through more than one a year.
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."