Not only has the use of fountain pens declined seriously since the ballpoint pen was invented but pens in general are required at a far lower rate. This is due to the computer and the mobile phone, both of which allow people to write (or type) messages to one another without ever having to put pen to paper.
The fountain pen is something that we should all try to hold onto and continue to use. It is a direct link back to our past, but not only that, it is an object of beauty and an instrument that is devised to make our job of writing as easy as possible.
Here are a few reasons why you might feel its necessary to consider buying a fountain pen.
Firstly, fountain pens are much easier to write with than a ballpoint or a rollerball pen. The mechanism used to allow the ink to flow means that no additional pressure is required from the writer. The ink simply flows from the pen onto the paper.
High quality fountain pens can cost you a lot of money, but they also retain their value over a long period of time. It is possible to buy a fountain pen as an investment and get a nice return on your outlay.
Fountain pens are actually better for the environment. A fountain pen can potentially last a lifetime because they can be refilled. As long as the pen you buy is treated properly and isnt the victim of a nasty accident you can be using it 20, 30 or more years from now.
The long life of fountain pens also means that they will work out to be cheaper than buying other types of pens. You may spend more from the initial outlay of the pen but over the life of the pen and the number of cheap disposable pens that you would go through during the same period, even with the cost of ink, your fountain pen will work out significantly cheaper.
Collecting fountain pens can be a very satisfying hobby and everyone needs an interest. Why not collect vintage fountain pens giving you items that are not only particularly attractive but are functional in your daily life as well.