Why Shop for Limited Edition Pens?
Some might think that "limited edition" just a marketing buzz-word to create a false sense of urgency. In some cases, yes, the term is overused. When Conklin introduces virtually every new finish of Duragraph / "Duraflex" as an 1,898 numbered edition, it's no longer scarce. If a Retro 51 Tornado Popper Pen is limited to 300 pieces and sells out within an hour, then that's a collectible pen! Oftentimes, you'll see rare, discontinued styles of pens appear on ebay for 3x to 10x their originial list price due to their rarity. For the collector, this increase in value over time can make it worthwhile to purchase a limited edition over the cheaper, yet more readily available, everyday version of the same pen.
When is a limited edition a good buy? Sure, there's plenty of speculation here. However, one can make an educated guess based on the pedigree of the maker, how many pens were made, the style of the pen (whether it's "on trend" or has a unique feature about it), and it's price. Giving a limited edition pen as a gift comes with a sense of prestige and exclusivity. "Look, I got you this rare Leonardo Pen that's numbered 4 of 280 pieces made in the world." Plus, there's a better-than-average chance that the pen will appreciate in value over the years. Please note: we do not recommend purchasing limited edition pens as an investment vehicle. They are enjoyable to use and, sometimes, you may end up getting more than what you paid for the pen later on if you choose to sell it.
In this grand finale, we adventured well beyond most of our means to secure the most precious writing instruments in the world. Every step of the way, we recommended pens that provide the best pen under 300 value per dollar spent over the long-term of ownership, which, in most cases, can be a lifetime. Staying within the $300 budget, it is possible to get a gold nib fountain pen, lots of ink colors, and a 5-year journal to outfit the writer in your life.
If you have a great fine writing gift idea under $300 that we missed, put it in the comments below. We'd love to read all your thoughtful suggestions.
Stay inky, my friends. Take care.