It doesn’t happen overly often, but every once on a while I’ll get asked about my fountain pens. I guess because even the Jinhao pens look nicer than the Bic pens that everyone steals from the office I usually get asked how much do they cost. I don’t flaunt how expensive some of my pens were, but if you ask I have no problem telling you. Even in our realm someone’s moderately priced is another’s super expensive. This seems comically exaggerated outside the fountain pen world. I’ll say something like I got this one (talking about a moonman or PenBBS) for about $15. They’ll be taken back a little and I usually get a “It costs how much?” I’ll say the average price for the pens I like to get is +/- $50. The look of confusion, amazement and a bit of terror usually comes over them. At which point their eyes bug out and I get a response to the effect of you paid what for that?? Are you out of your mind?? I can see at this point I’ve already stepped into the rabbit hole with them so I might as well go all the way down and tell them how much my most expensive pen was (about $175). The look I get then is akin to if I were to have killed their dog, set their house on fire, and kicked grand-ma on the way out. I’m sure the average person thinks I’m bug nuts for spending more than 50 cents on a single pen but c’est la vie. I just find how flabbergasted people get when they find out how much a fountain pen can cost comical. I can hear the sound of a jaw literally hitting the ground if I were to reveal how high some fountain pens can sell for.
Anyway; I’m just wondering what other people’s experiences are if they reveal how much one of their pens costs or just in general how much a fountain pen can go for to someone outside of our community.
Edited by MadAsAHatter, 03 August 2020 - 19:49.