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Answered 2011-12-12 02:44:45

Fountain pens have been known to last generations. Iridium nibs (points) can outlive the user even if used regularly. If well cleaned and maintained, the body of the pen can last just as long. If the pen is properly used and taken care of, it can pretty much last forever. That's one reason why people are willing to pay so much for some fountain pens that are sometimes plated in precious metals.

I've personally been using my relatively cheap $20 ohto fountain pen regularly at school for over a year without any sign of wear. The only damage in the near future may be paint chipping, but fountain pens are made of durable metals. As long as you don't drop or lose it, there is no need to worry about how long the pen will last. Just don't forget to apply even pressure on both parts of the nib while writing, and the pen will not take noticeable damage from the actual writing.

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