> More of them would be interested in what we make if we could give
them something of a similar quality. That pen would would be made
from parts of the same quality as found in a "real" fountain pen.
They would also be 14k and 18k solid gold, and not the plated parts
and fittings that we are using for our pens. >>>
As a sometimes pen collector, my experience with other collectors is that
they are likely to collect old vintage pens as well as new pens. From
very little to quite costly. Search the web and you will find lots of
pricey pens. You might also look at eBay and see what they buy. As for
making them, well, the cost is in the name more often than not, and
typically, the name is worth the cost because of quality. In my opinion,
a vintage Waterman, Parker, Conklin, etc., is worth the price if it works
ok. Some materials like celluloid and casein appeal to collectors. Some
like demonstrators and some only collect name pens from old line makers,
still with us and long departed.
You can get replacement fillers, sacs, nips, etc from pen dealers and pen
repair people. All that is needed is a good barrel. Making a lever filler
is hard, but not impossible. I am not aware of any kits for these parts,
though. One maker named Tigue or Tigue (sp?) makes multi-thousand dollar
pens, but starts with existing pen parts.
I think that if the pen is well made, some collectors will welcome them.
However, I hardly ever see collectors that buy pens like most here make.
This is not a reflection on anyone here - just an observation. At least,
I never hear them discussed on the lists I am a member of.
You can spend hundreds of dollars or thousands, depending upon the maker.