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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    Hundreds. But many are just for parts :-)

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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    Quote Originally Posted by catbert View Post
    I have come to the realization that all my pens are essentially aspects of the same pen, so: 'one'.
    Oooh, that's deep.
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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    I have just at 230. Been collecting since 1988.

    Here is a video well worth the time. Jose "Butch" Dalisay is a professor with a doctorate in English lit. He is a great guy an an online mentor to me. I think he has a rather unique approach to collecting writing instruments and considers his collection as part of his retirement.

    Again, well worth the watch. About 6 minutes long.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTkfgJtuS70
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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    At last count the number was 39.

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    I think I am down to between a hundred and a hundred and fifty.

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    Exactly the same number of Dalmatians as in the Disney movie...

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    I just watched the little film about Mr Dalisay's collection. It's lovely - very human, and really expresses the immense pleasure he gets from his pens. Thanks Bisquitlips for the reference!

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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    Pens I actually care about?

    I have 3 fountain pens and 1 ballpoint pen. All four use different colored ink. I want to have at least 5 and at most 7.

    One pen for each color: Black, Red, Blue, Green, Purple, Brown, and a nice neon color.

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    At the end of last year, I picked up my Sailor Pro Gear and started using the vintage fountain pens I inherited. I started looking forward to acquiring more. But the more I use my Pro Gear and my vintage pieces, I donít think I have any real reason to spend more cash on others, including iconic pens like a MB 149 or Lamy 2K. What Iíve just said is probably sacrilegious in this forum!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdyhistorian View Post
    How many pens do you have? I started in november and have 12/13 pens right now....
    I started in the 80s. And I am ashamed to note the exact number, except to say the ones I've sold or given away are in the triple digits.

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    Around 50 FPīs, plus matching mechanical pencils, plus a few more pencils.

    A few years back I had more than twice that amount, but I am slowly selling the collection.

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    I don't count my pens but all I know is all my pen cases are full and my pen roll is too full and now have severl boxes of which some pens came to my door keeping them safely and secure.
    So I found them not to be binned but keeping other pen to be collected to have them in easy reach. I know this will never get stopped growing.

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    Several dozen of pens and why they are so many? Well, every pen is having a diffrent chractor. You have learn them You should be connected to then differently and try differently on different papers and ink. once you get to know them you don't fell as you have so many but so different friends. Yes so many can distract your creativity. I love all my pens and there are some chinese pens I have adapted as Franken pens and they are unbeatable to any pens that are high in prices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Several dozen of pens and why they are so many? Well, every pen is having a diffrent chractor. You have learn them You should be connected to then differently and try differently on different papers and ink. once you get to know them you don't fell as you have so many but so different friends. Yes so many can distract your creativity. I love all my pens and there are some chinese pens I have adapted as Franken pens and they are unbeatable to any pens that are high in prices.
    Sounds similar to my experience. I admit that, for me, only one or two pens is truly necessary. And only a few would be practical.

    However, I enjoy the different feel and behavior of each.

    I try to let my less used or less useful pens go on to homes where maybe they will be enjoyed more often.

    Doing so makes room for replacements so I can try out other pens and brands, like the Kaweco that arrived this week, which has a totally different feel to the nib than anything else I've tried. I'm glad I didn't miss out on that experience.

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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    Three regular users. These do almost all the work these days

    Three occasional users. By which I mean, I would be quite happy to use them, but am perfectly happy with my favourites at the moment. If at some point in the future, I fancy a change, I'll reach for one of these.

    Two I might never use again. If they were the only two fountain pens I had, I'd probably use ballpoints most of the time.

    Seven new and unused spares, in case something happens to my favourites. They're only cheapies, but might not be still in production if I need to replace them in the future. Of my three favourites, I have two spares for one, and five spares for the other.

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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    8 with a few that will be rehomed and one always on the horizon...

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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    I donít know and Iím afraid to find out.

    But this thread has sparked my curiosity, so a cursory count of the pens currently on my desk here at work comes out to be 30. That does not count the pens at home, and I wouldnít hazard a guess as to how many that would be.

    Happily, I have shed about 20-25 pens in the last year, though Iím inclined to reduce my collection even more severely in the coming year. I think fondly upon the notion I once possessed of owning just one really nice pen. The idea of my descendants someday proudly wielding one of my pens (the way I do with my great-grandfatherís pen) is somewhat watered-down when said pen is one of potentially dozens. Iíve gone (and continue to go) through the same thing with wristwatches.

    So if anyone is looking for some pens or wristwatches....


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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nerdyhistorian View Post
    How many pens do you have? I started in november and have 12/13 pens right now....
    I bet that count has grown


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    Default Re: How many pens do you have?

    My pen on the horizon is incoming... a burgundy Montblanc 34.

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    Can we subtract our age from the total??
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