MarcShiman Posted December 31, 2011 Share Posted December 31, 2011 Let me begin by saying I love Wahl Dorics, particularly the big meaty senior size first generation pens. But they will eventually craze and crumble. I've always understood our hobby to be different from stamp or coin collecting in that 1) you can USE the pieces you collect and 2) in many cases the vintage pen is better than anything made today. However, its unlikely that a coin or a stamp is going to eventually suffer from thousands of micro-cracks and eventually disintegrate. A really top notch example of a senior size first generation Doric with a #10 nib is going to cost $1200 on up depending on the dealer. How can we make such an investment in something that is known to eventually suffer an irreversible decline (even if its not for another 10 years or more? I've got two such pens, and while I have an immense pride in owning them, I'm torn as to whether it really makes a whole lot of sense to keep them. (Note - not all Doric celluloids are unstable. From the first gen, black is particularly stable. I've only seen the gold shell craze in the second generation) Marc Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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