It all started in 1998 with a maroon coloured Montblanc. It was a gift from a family member, and though Jayant Mhaiskar was never inclined towards collecting pens, he held onto it for its sen-timental value. It wasn’t until he bought his first fountain pen in 2002 that he realised the joy of owning these beautiful tools of writing. From vintage to new models, the pieces owned by the CMD of MEP Infrastructure have been acquired with much persistence— even if they are rare or exorbitantly priced.
“Fifteen years ago, Gutenberg fountain pens were in fad. I loved their design and have been following up on all the new models,” says Mhaiskar. Of the 200 pens that he owns, most are vintage fountains, many not available in India anymore. He admits that he has a peculiar fondness for these pens. “The love for fountain pens comes from childhood, when we were asked to use those in school. More so because fountain pens improved our handwriting,” he explains.
Fast forward to now, and Mhaiskar is not comfortable writing with ball pens anymore. Although he continues to collect ball pens, his weapon of choice is his ever-favourite fountain pen.
Mhaiskar is also very specific about the brand that he is buying. Montblanc is his favourite, followed by Cartier. In his beloved collection, Prince Rainier is his most prized vintage pen. The pen is one of Montblanc’s limited editions, named after the Prince of Monaco, with a ruby-encruste