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Take, for example, the numerous LE Visconti fountain pens that seem to come out every week and come encased in boxes made from fine cedar and gold leaf.

I own three of these, all different ages, and each performs beautifully.

Edison, for example, makes their pens out of acrylic blocks that come in a huge variety of patterns and colours, and the workmanship is simply incredible.

Don’t think that because a pen is made from wood or metal it’s automatically better – in fact it may even be inferior to a plastic pen and may not last as long. I’ve been caught out buying a pen I thought was cheap, only to find it was that cheap because the nib was STEEL, not GOLD. Also be on the lookout for pen brands that try to market you features that are simply untrue: These pens are some of my personal favourites and most, as you can see, will not cost you a mint to purchase.

Even e Bay is a well-trusted source of great pens at great prices.

Don’t let the stigma of online shopping prevent you from buying a great pen off there, but do take some caution before shopping with a retailer you’ve never dealt with before.

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