As has been alluded to throughout this thread is the juxtaposition of the auto industry and fountain pens. Detroit got smug in the 50s and thought they were invulnerable. Then along came a tiny Beetle that changed the auto world. Detroit tried valiantly to fight, even to producing the revolutionary Corvair (which had an air-cooled engine)(and that really was revolutionary). It was not enough. Then the Japanese invasion began. People realized that they could get more car for their money. And it is still continuing. Detroit now looks like a wasteland with empty factories and empty homes.
Just like more chrome couldn't sell more Detroit cars neither can more bling, LEs (for both pens and ink) save the fountain pen industry. The Chinese are in the vanguard but they will adapt and produce pens that are increasingly more amenable to US and worldwide tastes. It seems that a lot of the development (with exceptions, of course most notably Nathan Tardif of Noodlers) and some overseas companies in Japan. Germany and Italy striving to improve their products from the inside out. I feel as though some manufacturers are just using the cartridge/converter phase and are just resting on their laurels.
This is a decidedly gloomy topic for fountain pen aficionados but just like King Kong climbed to great heights he took a bad fall. Just like Humpty Dumpty couldn't be put back together again.
And for what ?
As Carl Denim said," Was beauty that killed the beast"
Edited by PS104, 02 June 2017 - 03:18.