Ok, so here's the backstory. After a night of staying out too late with a group of Russians drinking in Copenhagen. (Did I mention that I was in Copenhagen?) I woke up and stumbled into a coffee shop that was a few blocks from my hotel, it had been my regular spot all week because the espresso was REALLY (Joe and the Juice) good and they were the only place in Copenhagen not playing Adele non-stop (not that there's anything wrong with that.) After hitting my targeted heart rate, I had a few hours to kill so I took a walk. A little while later I found a stationary store, within 30 seconds I was in there.
In the store...there was one nice fat wall of pens...ok, this could be good. So here's my entire thought process as I go through the display.
Hmmmm...I love pens...
Cool...Pilot G2's...crap only .7's anyway...no biggie
.005...nice. (review coming soon on this one)
Those Russians made my head hurt...
Ooh, a different label on the Sign pens..
Did I remember to put pants on this morning?
Oh, there are a couple of boxes of Pilot Explorers...
Blah, blah, (loud screeching noise) Pilot Explorers...WHAT THE BLOODY HELL?
It's true. No, it wasn't a cigar box full of fountain pens at an auction but it was something I havent seen in a very long time. I looked over my shoulder all nervous-like, grabbed one and did a few test circles on the scratch paper and without even looking at the price tag (it was in Danish Kroners anyway, like I was going to be able to do any math this morning.) I fillled my sweaty little fists and headed for the checkout.
I tried to ask the owner of the store if they actually still made these and he looked at me like I had a third eye (I actually might have one that morning and if I did, it would have also been very bloodshot.) That was a bad question...so I asked a better one.
"Can I call you (fine sir) to order more of these from the U.S.?
His response was "yes, but it vill be very expenshive." (that's my Danish accent) and I did confirm that he ordered these straight from Pilot and not some guy in a third world country reading my blog that decided to craft these out of old tires and a Bic rollerball In his basement based on my demands (I am so vain.)
But to be sure let's get all scientific and see if these are legit. (I am not really going to get scientific, those brain cells were left in a tiny glass of some unknown black liquor earlier this week.) They match up exactly to the older Explorers that I had stashed.
I am pretty crafty but I have no idea how to open this beast up without breaking it so we can’t see the guts.
So...if these are legit and they are being manufactured. I will be putting in a call to Pilot US this week to see what we can do. In fact, I will start now with an open letter to Pilot,
To whom it may concern...
You make these awesome pens...people want them in the US of A. Fact: As far as I know you don't ship them to the US. Can we fix that?
Kindest regards, sincerely and nothing but love,
Or... Maybe Brad from the Pen Addict and Jetpens can use his high powered position to see if we can get these back in the US. (Brad?)
Here's the truth... It's not really for me, it’s for you. Back in the day I might have worn these pens out, but now-honestly..even the EF's write a tad too fat for me. I will use some of these but not really for my daily arsenal.
So, let's go sign a petition or you can go all radical and feel free to occupy my comment section until this gets resolved or shoot me an email and we can discuss the ones in my hot little hand.
(Tak) Danish for thanks.