In the following fabulous image (sarcasm. I know they're terrible pictures. I was too excited to care), you can see the folder in the bottom right corner...full of all sorts of magnificent pens. I suspect the retail value of said folder is well into the thousands. I touched that folder. That's correct. My fingerprints are on it. All over it.
It was great fun dipping all the fountain pens he brought and trying them out. He had a bottle of blue-black Dunhill ink out and it was a beautiful color. It was rich and vibrant and a good match for the pen sampling. Included in the collections he brought were Pen of the Year 2010 by Visconti and Graf Von Faber-Castell. They were priced upwards of $3000 CND. I won't lie, I'd never before considered I'd ever want to spend that much on a pen and if it were pocket change to me, I probably would have bought them. They're amazing works of art, those pens. I can't even draw stick people. I don't understand how people can create a masterpiece of a pen. I wish I had taken better pictures of the PoTY when I was there, but I don't think pictures would do the details justice anyway. Mr. Pons was explaining that many people buy the PoTY and hold on to it. As years pass and collectors start hunting for their archives, the pens sell for much higher. I guess it's like owning really, really nice cars? Personally, I would use them. Why have something so awesome and not use it?
Visconti Homo Sapiens: "Visconti Pens Introduces Fountain Pen Made of Lava With Virtually Pure 23 Karat Dreamtouch (TM) Palladium Nib"
here. A very cool, very masculine fountain pen. I'm a girl, and if I had it, I wouldn't feel like a man. But it's really cool for a man. Anyway, clearly I don't have this pen so there won't be much yammering from me about it. But there are many reviews out already on it. Consensus seems that it's fab.
Visconti Limited Edition Templar Fountain Pen
Visconti Limited Edition The Jewish Bible Silver Fountain Pen