Growing up in Germany (1980s), I learned how to write using a fountain pen, exclusively.
Eventually, however, I ended up in less 'enlightened' corners of the world, where fountain pens are uncommon or even unheard of. Then there was also the small matter of computers taking over our lives and the internet happening.
And so I found myself decades later without giving nary a thought to the pen I write with or the paper I use it on. Putting pen to paper had become a joyless affair.
Then a few years ago, I bought a Lamy Safari and a Clairefontaine notebook during an internet-fueled drive down memory lane and... I had rediscovered the joy of writing.
Since then, having had to make up for those many barren years, I have pursued my newfound passion with a vengeance. I own about 40 fountain pens now (at some point there were a lot more) and more notebooks than I could fill in a lifetime.
During the past few years FPN has been a wonderful resource. The community is so active that I never had to post an inquiry as someone would already have beaten me to it.
Still, this is way overdue and I am happy to finally be part of the FPN.