Normally, I love writing for this website, because I love pen-collecting so much. It’s a great hobby, not least of all because of the people you get to meet. I’ve got to know some of the most interesting people, with the most colourful stories at pen fairs, shops, and through this website. It really feels like a community.
That’s why it’s so painful to hear about @insta.emy’s heartbreaking loss this week. For those of you you haven’t heard already, she had a Visconti Jade (fine nib) and Visconti Octagonal (medium) stolen from her in Rome. This really is distressing, not only on account of her loss, but because of what it means for us as a community.
Needless to say, there is absolutely no justification for the theft, and I sincerely hope, from the bottom of my heart, that the thieves realise that they’ve hurt an innocent person in a horrible way, and do the right thing by giving back the pens. I truly feel for @insta.emy and anyone else affected by theft.
Now is our time to prove ourselves as a community. As horrible as it is to think that there are people out there who would leech off of honest people, we need to show that we’re better than them. Everyone needs to play their part in spreading the word around. Both pens were L.E.s, meaning that they are easily identifiable, and when they enter the second-hand market, it is all of our responsibilities to ensure that they are found and returned.
As well as our sympathy, we’d like to show our appreciation to @insta.emy for not taking this sitting down. Theft is a horrible thing, but we shouldn’t consider it a fact of life. If we work together as a community, I truly pray that we can get her pens back, and show that we can unite in the face of adversity!
If you have instagram, or any other kind of social media, spread the word. If you know any other pen collectors, tell them. When you go to pen shows, keep your eyes peeled. If you hear anything, make sure you contact @insta.emy, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
–The Pen Boffin Team