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    What I found took place after I reached a point where I was done "collecting" was that I became a "digger". I'll look for pens that need work, or for projects where I already have some parts, etc. Basically just tinkering around with old pens at a limited costs as a winter hobby. I may keep or sell the final product, but it's more about buying an old pen at a good price, then tinkering and fixing than about accumulating pens.

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    Still selling off, but not done whittling down the “collection” to its next configuration. Not even sure what that is yet. Mostly writing letters these days.
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    For wharever reasons, some folks tend to accumulate a lot of items and later decide to purge. Other are more conservative, accumulating a small but significant collection, and tend to retain.

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    I think the pen collecting fund needs to be protected, perhaps add to it monthly to hedge inflation and such and the next pen will emerge soon. Selling a pen off if not too precious and vintage may also assist just enough to nudge you towards one new to you pen from the wilds.
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    I'm not sure if I'm at the end of the road or not. There are very few pens left out there that truly excite me, even fewer that are modern productions, so I don't really get the itch to buy pens that often.

    That said, it was more about the hunt for a pen than the actual acquisition, I think. Being unable to stumble into an antiques shop and with eBay having gone absolutely bonkers with their pen prices, I find the thrill is pretty minimal.

    Its still there, the thrill, but its highly subdued when compared with its frenzy of the past.

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    I'm wondering whether it is similar to other interests, like pocket knives. For a couple of years, I actively traded those until I settled on a rotation of four. I lost one about 18 months ago, but have had no desire to replace it as the three remaining knives do everything I need. Ocassionally, I'll look at some knife boards to see what has emerged of late in terms of designs and materials, but I'm not looking to acquire another. Pens feel the same right now.

    Mind you, an unopened bottle of Montblanc Midnight Blue, the IG forumlation, arrived this week. So it's not like I'm not having any fun.
    Vintage. Cursive italic. Iron gall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post
    ...Mind you, an unopened bottle of Montblanc Midnight Blue, the IG forumlation, arrived this week. So it's not like I'm not having any fun.

    I've had a 60ml bottle of MBMB for a couple (or more) years that along with a '73 149 has made it to favorite combo status. How does one tell from the bottle's label that it's IG?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post
    ...Mind you, an unopened bottle of Montblanc Midnight Blue, the IG forumlation, arrived this week. So it's not like I'm not having any fun.

    I've had a 60ml bottle of MBMB for a couple (or more) years that along with a '73 149 has made it to favorite combo status. How does one tell from the bottle's label that it's IG?
    There are two indicators, Fred. If you have the papers that came with the bottle it includes a specific warning about Midnight Blues ferrogallic content. The other tell is the bottle Ident. 105194.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post
    There are two indicators, Fred. If you have the papers that came with the bottle it includes a specific warning about Midnight Blues ferrogallic content. The other tell is the bottle Ident. 105194.
    Box and papers long gone. Label on the bottom: 1108-Aug16/Made in Austria ENCRE BLEU NUIT. I guess it's rust-free! I have two bottles of the old 50ml IG German stuff. I wonder if they're the same shade as your bottle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlifter View Post
    There are two indicators, Fred. If you have the papers that came with the bottle it includes a specific warning about Midnight Blues ferrogallic content. The other tell is the bottle Ident. 105194.
    Box and papers long gone. Label on the bottom: 1108-Aug16/Made in Austria ENCRE BLEU NUIT. I guess it's rust-free! I have two bottles of the old 50ml IG German stuff. I wonder if they're the same shade as your bottle.
    I've also got a bottle of MB's original iron gall blue black. I'll do some comparison swabs this week.

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    The problem that arises for anyone entering a new hobby is a lack of information. Many of our initial acquisitions stem from ignorance that would have never occured later. I have no idea how to prevent this problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    The problem that arises for anyone entering a new hobby is a lack of information. Many of our initial acquisitions stem from ignorance that would have never occured later. I have no idea how to prevent this problem.
    If you solved this problem it would no longer be a hobby. It would be another modern abomination.

    life needs more low-stakes mistakes, not fewer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    The problem that arises for anyone entering a new hobby is a lack of information. Many of our initial acquisitions stem from ignorance that would have never occured later. I have no idea how to prevent this problem.
    If you solved this problem it would no longer be a hobby. It would be another modern abomination.

    life needs more low-stakes mistakes, not fewer.
    Indeed. I consider my first mistakes to part of my education, and well worth the money. Are there even such things as "mistakes" anyway? That seems to me like the half full, half empty, discussion again.

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    It's not a mistake when it's an experiment!
    Be a little more open into accepting other viewpoints, if you can, as it really deepens the experience. - Jon Szanto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Juul View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by manoeuver View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Naill View Post
    The problem that arises for anyone entering a new hobby is a lack of information. Many of our initial acquisitions stem from ignorance that would have never occured later. I have no idea how to prevent this problem.
    If you solved this problem it would no longer be a hobby. It would be another modern abomination.

    life needs more low-stakes mistakes, not fewer.
    Indeed. I consider my first mistakes to part of my education, and well worth the money. Are there even such things as "mistakes" anyway? That seems to me like the half full, half empty, discussion again.
    I started with vintage Esterbrooks circa 1934-55, so no regrets on my part.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Love this!! 😆😆😆
    So true!

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    I have limited myself to 5 total pens. I hate having to juggle which one to use and don't like them just sitting in the drawer. This way, other than my Nakaya,which I only use for my journal at home, the other four travel with me and I use them as I fancy at any given moment.
    I think I am done collecting for now, at least for a few years. Saving money for everything else now (kids educations etc). I plan on spending my time hanging out in this forum and admiring all the beautiful pens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cj2020 View Post
    I have limited myself to 5 total pens....
    I hope you've placed a time limit on that...say, one month?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cj2020 View Post
    I have limited myself to 5 total pens. I hate having to juggle which one to use and don't like them just sitting in the drawer. This way, other than my Nakaya,which I only use for my journal at home, the other four travel with me and I use them as I fancy at any given moment.
    I think I am done collecting for now, at least for a few years. Saving money for everything else now (kids educations etc). I plan on spending my time hanging out in this forum and admiring all the beautiful pens.
    Five is enough if it’s the right five.

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