Great discussion! And this is a discussion, as my father used to say when we sat around the dinner table talking of current events.
I confess! I have tried several times to enter the "vintage" genre, and have had less than pleasant experiences. And part of the reason is that I neither have the time, talent or knowledge of vintage pens, or the mechanics involved to take apart pens, fix them and reassemble them.
Any vintage pen I have purchased has needed "work", which required being sent off to a pen restorer. In most cases, the price of the purchase plus the restoration costs exceeded the pen's optimal value. About a year ago, I purchased a lovely vintage pen from the daughter of the original owner who had passed away. I sent it out to an excellent pen restorer who restored it as best he could. But the pen just doesn't function well. If I did have the time, talent and knowledge I probably would have recognized that it wasn't worth the purchase in the first place!
And that brings up another issue. I also don't have the time and knowledge to know where to look for quality vintage pens. Like with any collectible, you need to research and then find out where to look. I just don't have the time or the motivation for that right now. Maybe in the future, after I have taken a pen restoration class or sat at the feet of a great pen restorer, I might.
Now, some may ask, what do I do about those brand new pens that I buy which are "lemons"? If it is an expensive pen (i.e. Montblanc, Pelikan, etc.) I only buy from a reputable dealer who will work with me to make things right. For example, last year I purchased a special edition pen from a reputable dealer. The writing experience was terrible. Since it was the only pen like that he had and could not replace it, I sent the pen back and received a full refund. He even paid shipping both ways. Do I end up paying more? Probably. But I have learned the hard way that you get what you pay for. And I don't know of any pen dealer who is actively trying to cheat their pen customers.
Please don't take offense at any of this. Some of it is imparted with levity . . . i.e. is meant to be humorous.
Edited by 5Cavaliers, 13 March 2020 - 16:40.