It's lovely to see so many people interested in fountain pens. Having overcome my former tendency to lose pens, I began carrying nicer pens in my shirt pocket at work, which has plays the role not only of a ready writing utensil but a handsome and more mature-looking accessory to my outfit. It turns out that paying a little (though not excessive) amount for a pen encourages you to take care of avoid losing it. I have also taken to doing more of my writing by hand whenever possible. I'm PhD student, and writing is a big part of what I do every day. Writing directly on the computer has less and less productive for some reason, so I'm trying to balance it out with more longhand drafting.
All this got me to explore fountain pens. My dad gave me a nice pen as a college graduation gift a little over ten years ago. I pulled that pen back out, cleaned it, and inked it up; it writes beautifully, save for a small issue (please see my other post on this asking for help).
All in all, I'm glad I've put some time into this hobby (if it can be called that). I've learned a lot in a short time. It's amazing not only how popular but how affordable it is. The writing experience is much better, and the smoothness of writing encourages me to rediscover the careful and beautiful penmanship that I had learned so well when I was little.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to fruitful exchanges.