After losing all the good pens I ever bought, and now using a keyboard more than handwriting, I had forgotten about having a good pen. But I saw this one, and even though blue is not my usual color choice, I decided I wanted it. I love this pen now. It will not leave my desk, so there is hope of keeping it for a while.
It appears from my brief researching on the net that fountains pens get a lot of attention in the "beautiful pens" category. There is even a Fountain Pen Network. There's a large site devoted to pen collectors at PenBookMarks.com. The best site I found is PenHero.com, a very attractive site with beautiful photos of beautiful pens.
This pen is reported to be the most expensive in the world...
A joint creation between Mont Blanc and Van Cleef and Arpels, it sold for $730,000, with 840 diamonds and 20 carats of gemstones. It's actually called a "writing instrument", rather than pen...
David Oscarson's "Pierrot" pen is only $5,000.
Alas, my new pen is not listed in their pen gallery... but I think that's just because it hasn't been photographed properly.
So, here it is - my inspiring new pen - it's called "Riveria" by Monte Verde, $60.