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Re: When curiosiy knocks
The one I'm writing with! I get a lot of inquiries at the winery I work at about my pens. At home I usually show a few. I start with a Parker Duofold that belonged to a grandfather, or a Waterman with pretty celluloid and a semi-flex nib. Then I go modern and show them a Bexley Submariner and explain converters. Next is a Pelikan M200 and a bit about pistons, then test diving different nibs in the various M200s. Usually finish with Japanese pens, because they are easy to find and write well. If it is a young person of school age (5th through college) they play with a Lamy Safari. If they really like it, they might take it home along with a bottle of ink. I acquired a few Safaris over they years, and don't like the section, so I use them as gateway pens.
One of them is currently having a fine time taking notes for an engineering student at Berkeley. An M200 may be in the future of this budding engineer.
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