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Hello All, With the Philly Pen show swiftly approaching, part of my mind is wandering towards experiencing vintage pens, possibly bringing one to a new home... There is one problem... I'm afraid of issues that are beyond my rookie fountain pen level! I'm a persistent tinkerer with various things, including pens, to a minor degree. My concerns more so fall into the realm of reliability. -How delicate are some vintage pens? -How common are flow issues in vintage pens? -How sensitive are older materials to certain chemicals for cleaning? -What happens when a nib or fill mechanism breaks? - Will aging deteriorate the pens without use? Perhaps these questions are the signs that I'm not ready to delve into rather unknown realm of vintage pens... Regardless, what might be some suggestions for either a good first affordable vintage pen to look into, or advice on calming the jitters of stepping into the pens of the olden days?