Born and raised in Austria (in the beautiful South) I have spent the first decade of the 21st century roaming the globe. I have worked and lived in France (Paris, oh how I miss you), Canada (in tree-hugging BC), Switzerland and the UK where I have settled down for some time it seems.
I've been hooked on fountain pens since I got my first one when I was eight years old. In the Austrian school system it was obligatory to use fountain pens until the age of sixteen. Hand-writing skills were part of each year's report.
Now I am a daily user and small-scale collector. I also like to "fix" used pens I buy on eBay as a hobby. For me it is important that I use all of my pens so I guess that makes me what someone has call an accumulator rather than a collector.