"What is the best way to react to a less and less limited choice of limited editions, which are becoming more and more off-limits than ever for pen lovers and collectors?
All those pens: clothed in rare and precious materials and golden trim, sheathed in historical symbolism armed with numbered certificates, protected by sumptutous packaging and aimed directly at our most vulnerable points.
The marketing of these dream creatures makes them collectibles rather than writing instruments. Who would dare to displace the factory air still lingering within them with potentially corrosive ink ? To leave fingerprints all over their pristine bodies ?
The most renowned editors are already steeped in legend whose intoxicating auras exalt the exotic celluloids, dusky ebonite and gold and silver filigree. One hears rumors that it is still possible to find the unfindable at the Beirut Airport shop or that it can be acquired from a Hong Kong pen authority….
Some pens are reserved only for specific market; others are mysteriously absent from catalogs; still others are subject to restricted sales. To snare then one has to be plugged in to a network of international scope.
A pen with a lost or misplaced certificate of authenticity automatically becomes suspect.
It isn’t enough to buy just one. You need at least three: one to write with, one to save and one for future resale."