This keyboard, that I am using, is an efficient mode of communication. I don't deny it. Writing by hand has its value. Writing with liquid ink has its value, as well. Though greatly diminished in recent decades, there is a revival of fountain pen awareness. Will it increase, or decline ? I don't know.
We are keepers of the flame, and I hope the flame will continue to burn for future generations.
I don't enjoy jewelry. A beautiful fountain pen is one that handles comfortably and writes well. I can enjoy luxury, without boasting of it. You cannot see that under the sauce is lobster ravioli, or that the beef in my delicious sandwich is a filet mignón. I delight in my Pelikan M1000 because it feels and writes great. It matters nothing whether anyone knows it.
I do, however, understand the concern of a businessman, who has his livelihood invested in the industry. I can only suggest that he remains flexible, adapts to the changes, fines or creates a market, and is blessed with good fortune. Who imagined "Golden Arches" in Israel, or Americans buying water in half-liter bottles, or the Chinese love of Buicks ?
I hope that people can enjoy fountain pens, as I do, fifty years from now. If not, I will not be sad. I will be dead.
"Go thy way. Eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart." Nobody in Heaven cares about these things.
Edited by Sasha Royale, 31 May 2017 - 16:39.