Last night after the inaugural get-together for the Brisbane Chapter of the Fountain Pen Australia Facebook group I was reflecting over a glass of red on the great time I had, the charming people I had met and their stunning pens.
I was especially taken with Patricia's collection of Omas pens and how that represented to me such focus in collecting. I am not about to start buying Omas fountain pens (no matter how much I wish I could) but it did make me consider the focus I have in my pen collecting. (I am long past having a focus when it comes to ink collecting - besides maybe just buy them all...)
My pen collection currently lacks a focus with models from ten manufacturers representing six countries; though it is dominated by Pelikan being 42 out of 94 pens. The obvious conclusion is that I should just double-down on Pelikan culling non-Pelikans to fund it. (In reality this is not possible as it would break my guideline #1)
Given the long history of Pelikan and the breadth of their range I had to set some criteria to limit the scope to something that is almost possible to achieve.
- Post-1997 Pelikan Souverän models only
- But excluding:
- Models that are not comfortable in my hand. (M1000)
- Models where the cap material is the only difference. (Mx30, Mx50)
- Models that do not have the pelican bill clip. (M640)
- Clear Demonstrators
- Limited Editions
Which results in the following models:
- M300, M320
- M400, M405
- M600, M605, M620, M625
- M800, M805
- plus M101N (I know it is not part of the Souverän range but I have 2 of the 3 versions released.)
So based on the criteria I have set and what I own I am left with 21 pens to fulfil my collection.
The 21 as a mind map. (I intend to keep this up to date on my Have and Need Page)
This is not a fixed list either as Pelikan releases new Special Edition pens each year as noted today in a post on The Pelikan's Perch.