Originally Posted by Tsujigiri
Same here, I haven't bought a new pen in a long time. Prices have come up quite a ways recently; I remember when I got my Montblanc 149 a few years back the list price was $585, and I got from an AD for $465. Now the list is about $1k for the same pen, and the other pens I got have increased in price as well (My Pelikan m100 was $315 shipped new when I got it around the same time). Oh well, there are always good deals in vintage pens...
After buying a few new pens, I'm mostly sticking to vintage now.
Seems the designs of new pens have changed a lot, they're meant for ball point users. Nibs are hard, tipping is ball like.
I'd recently bought a new M400, and the nib is totally useless. Its marked as an 'F' but writes more like a wet and wide M.
I stuck a vintage 400 nib in it, the difference is night and day. Not to mention vintage pens are cheaper.
The only consistent brand I've used thus far is Pilot/Namiki. The nibs are well tuned.