Generally when I'm out and around people in a meeting situation for example I'm using my L2K or Pilot VP so as not to attract attention. I'd rather not talk about how much I spent on a pen. In the odd situation I've been asked about either of those pens I can say "Well not cheap, but I've had them for ages and they'll last many more years." Which is true.
A co-worker of mine likes the idea of fountain pens, and likes writing with mine. I gave him a Jinhao and he's looking at ordering a Monblanc with points he gets from a corporate program he's enrolled with.
Last week I had my M805, GVFC Classic and Edison Collier 18k with me. He used each, really enjoyed them but as he asked how much each pen was I told him what they usually sold for although he could get them for less as I did if he really looks. he got progressively more horrified.
But we talked about it after and he's really into cooking so has exorbitantly priced kitchen knives. So the way I framed it up is "Well just like for the cost of one of my pens you could have a lifetime supply of Bic Cristals, for the cost of one of your Japanese knives I could have a lifetime supply of 'gets the job done' Cuisinarts." I also reminded him that what I'd pay today if I had to replace all my pens is not what I have paid. For example I bought my GVFC from a friend for less than a quarter what the same pen new sells for. I also didn't pay MSRP for my M805. I dont' think anyone pays MSRP for Pelikan.
My Edison Collier I paid full price for, with a steal nib, but got a break on the 18k nib after the fact.
So they're still expensive but they don't have to be "MSRP expensive."
Also, Covid did do a good job of re-calibrating my spending comfort levels for a while there, so for a few months I couldn't get my head around the idea of spending on another pen despite having a relatively expensive collection. Turns out it was only a temporary re-calibration. But I was briefly back on the other side and was personally taken aback at the amount I've spent on pens.
Edited by bemon, 04 August 2020 - 17:55.