If You Love Parker Fountain Pens, Carry an Ordinary Ball Point Pen to Help Out Borrowers
Neither a borrower nor a lender be, but there are times when you cannot refuse someone who momentarily asks for the use of your pen: keep a ball pen handy
If you are a Parker fountain pen aficionado, it is more than likely that you will carry an expensive
Parker Sonnet or a Parker Duofold fountain pen in your pocket. Parker pens have a tradition of excellence going back over a century. The pens are finely crafted, beautifully finished, precision writing instruments. Anyone would covet a parker pen, especially a new one. In public places it is common to come across people who will ask for the use of your pen for a minute or so. If you are in a hurry, you could move on and the one who has borrowed your Parker pen may walk off with your prized fountain pen. For this reason, it is good practice to have a ball point pen tucked away in your pocket. If anyone asks for a pen, whip it out and present it to him.
Not everyone walks off with pens they borrow; often they will return it with thanks. However, you never know the writing style or how much pressure is applied on the nib. Fountain pens are personal and your use applies a certain pressure while writing. If you lend it to someone, he may apply more force than necessary or angle it wrong with the result that your parker pen has a nib that is permanently damaged. You regret your decision to help out someone. It would have been much better to have had a ball pen ready. Your parker pen, new or old, is your prized jewel; guard it ferociously, never let anyone handle it and if they want a pen, give them one of those ball pens. You will never have to regret the loss or damage of your precious Parker.