Over 50 years ago, father and son Paul and Al Wiederlight founded the Fountain Pen Hospital, which is now run by the third generation, Terry and Steve Wiederlight, who are just as passionate.
With thousands of pens in stock (from $15 up to nearly $20K),you're bound to find the perfect one for the grad embarking on a new career. They stock the well-known manufacturers, while some of the more obscure names, like Montegrappa, Lepine, Bexley, Ducati, Michel Perchin, and Namiki, are sought after by aficionados. Shown here is the sleek sterling silver and lacquer Ferrari da Varese "Savant" Collection ballpoint. They also repair fountain pens, with an extensive inventory that allows them to use original parts for most vintage-pen repairs. 10 Warren St. btw. Church St. & Broadway, 212-964-0580; www.fountainpenhospital.com
About the Author: About the Author: Ruth J. Katz is a well-known shopping and service writer based in New York City. She has written about shopping for 25 years for New York magazine; covered the topic on-air at Fox-TV for several years as the Home Services expert; and had her own show on both the USA and Lifetime Cable networks. Katz wrote extensively for The New York Times as well, and contributed periodically to the New York Daily News. She is a passionate shopper, always looking for not merely a good buy, but the best buy, ferreting out a "steal" or discovering up-and-coming designers. She has written five books and is a former contributing editor to Hearst's Redbook, Classic Home, and Colonial Homes; she is currently a Contributing Editor of New York Home, Golf Connoisseur, The Modern Estate, and Promenade magazines. She is also the former Shopping Director for Davler Media's Manhattan Living.