I got into pen collecting in 2002, having previously thought one pen was quite enough for me. I got out of steady and systematic acquisition of FPs in 2012. Since then I've received a few gift pens and bought a few pens that seemed to cry out to me.
Where this leads, on the subject of metal pens, is that much of my buying was guided by a wish I could not admit to myself, that I could go on writing with the Parker 51 Demi that my favorite aunt gave me in 1949.Which I wrote with for 36 years before I lost it. I was afraid that if I bought one I might find it disappointing and not kind to the memory of my aunt, whereas if I bought a different slim pen and was disappointed in it, there would be no great emotional pain attached.
So my first metal pen, which I still own and like, was the Cross Century FP. That one was followed by five more, and I also have a Century II and three Townsends. I consider the Townsend as good as I need a fountain pen to be, but I seldom ink the Townsends now. When I did buy myself a 51 Demi I found that it was what I really wanted, and although I use other pens, I realize that I bought those other pens with the 51 Demi unconsciously in mind.
There is an Aurora Hastil in plain stainless steel that I like very much. Two Parker 75s, also amiable and the same length as the 51 Demi. And two HEMA three-euro fountain pens, seldom used now, which came as a gift from the Dutch academic who married one of my nieces. The HEMA department stores are surrounded by much warm feeling in the Netherlands, I am led to believe, and I have a warm feeling about those pens and my family.
Edited by Jerome Tarshis, 23 February 2020 - 12:08.