Some of us keep drawers full of fountain pens and when we find one that writes with the perfect thickness of line and smoothness of flow, we complain as the price goes up. Not all fountain pens are created equally, and if you're disappointed at paying $50 to $100 for a good brand, then you'll be truly astounded at the asking price for some of the more top end roller pens. We recently discovered the wonders of the Grayson Tighe Limited Edition Fountain and Rollerball Pens, but what was even more shocking was the hefty price tag that comes with them. The price ranged between $22,000 to $24,000 per pen. This inspired quite a few questions including what drives the price of this high end pen so high? Is it really worth the price and who would buy a pen that costs this amount of money? We found the answers and arrived at the conclusion that the Grayson Tighe Limited Edition Fountain and Rollerball Pens truly merit a closer look to understand their value.
A Closer look at the Grayson-Tighe Limited Edition Fountain Pen
Upon initial examination of this high end luxury fountain pen, it's attractively styled in a silver tone case with delicate blue accents which give it a 3D effect in a filigree type at the center. There are a few different features which set this pen apart from the $50 fountain pen chosen by a larger crowd who are into stylish pens. The Grayson Tighe is manufactured in Germany and the first remarkable feature is the use of 18 Karat gold nibs. The case material is titanium for beauty and durability. This pen was styled with two acanthus leaves made of rhodium and iridium for adornments. While this is all very lovely, and the materials are quite expensive, these are not the only factors contributing to both the monetary value as well as the inherent value of the instrument. The technology behind the refill system allows the user to enjoy a total year's worth of writing on just one fill, thanks to this innovative advancement. They're also refillable.
Are these pens really worth the cost?
This is a question that depends on your value of the pen as a writing implement, as well as a lifestyle accessory that makes a statement about your tastes, preferences and sense of style. Pen connoisseurs, and they do exist place as much value on the pens that they own and use as another person may value other accessories such as jewelry, shoes, hairstyle or even the clothing that they wear. For some, it's a symbol of status and for others, who can afford to pay the price, it's more about loving a writing instrument that is highly functional, feels good in the hand and gives you a sense of pride in ownership. Not just anyone has the privilege of ownership and this gives the owner of such pens a status of exclusivity. All of these things considered, the Grayson Tighe Limited Edition Fountain and Roller Pens are among the least expensive in the listing of the top five most expensive pens in the world, with the next most expensive at $57,000 all the way up to $1.47 million, according to PeakLife's list of the top 5.
A comparison of expensive pens
On our list of the most expensive pens ever sold, this one comes in the 20th position. Other editions make it look like an exceptional buy in comparison to the cost, but most of these examples are encrusted with quality gemstones and more intricate design work. This leads us to the conclusion that The Grayson-Tight Limited Edition fountain pens are actually an exceptional value for their asking price.
Understanding the value of a fountain pen
We all have our own preferences when it comes to our likes and our dislikes. For some, a pen is merely a writing implement and when they stock up on them, the cheaper the better. The bargain brands may not last for a full year, and likely need replacement in a few weeks or months, and they're not particularly attractive. If you believed that your pen made a statement about who you are as a person, you might upgrade to a more attractive and better functioning accessory, but if you're like the average person, it's not that big of a deal. Perhaps you don't care about which pen you write with, but you have a penchant for a certain brand of watches, ties or even automobiles and nothing else will do. Those who are fountain pen connoisseuers are just as particular about their pens and it's really no more complicated than this. In the world of collectibles there is also a strong market for unique and exquisite fountain pens, of both new and of the vintage varieties. Once you start to really examine a collectible special edition pen, you begin to understand its value from several different aspects.
The Grayson-Tighe Limited Edition Fountain pen is among the most lovely and simplistic fountain pens we've seen. From the German design and engineering to the lovely aesthetics, this implement reeks of class and quality. Nevermind the fact that the rest of the world may not realize that your pen is made with 18k yellow gold nibs and it's housed in a titanium case with iridium and rhodium accents. It may just look like a really nice silver and blue pen to them, but you know better. There are other pen models from this brand that are a tenth of the asking price and they also are high quality, but this one fits so neatly into the collectibles category that it's both functional and pleasing on an emotional level. If you're in the market for an exceptional fountain pen that is far more than just a writing implement, then perhaps this edition is worth a second look.
Written by Dana Hanson
Read more posts by Dana Hanson