"High quality designer pens are still appreciated items despite the overall decline of the use of fountain pens."
The luxury of writing
Writing is still for many a way to express style, uniqueness, a way to impress or to create something that is very personal, especially with a fountain pen. Signing an important document is still done with a designer pen on high quality paper by Presidents, Royalties, the Rich Business owners, Solicitors and Registrar activities but also by people who love quality, the luxury of the art of writing. The writing style expresses the personality who writes and signs, this is often deliberately well chosen using a special colour and line width. A new generation started using fountain pens to draw with, rather then a calligraphy pen, and they make marvelous drawings doodling on a grand scale to flee away from the digital restless world.
A few people started making fountain pens again after the collapse of the large industries and try to express their own ideas and emotions. Some create truly stunning objects which have become more like art expressions. The high quality fountain pen designs is usable art and should not be confused with kit making.
Thankfully there is still a lot of stock but some is no longer made. Sometimes rare stock is stil found in various in sheds or storage rooms, some can be £100 to £1000 for only 12 inches of material! These are combined only with very special nibs, often with bespoke design.
Another style in demand is Maki / Urushi which can have prices the value varying from £3000 to that of a luxury car... In all, there is still a large market for the fountain pen as a personal statement, a preferred instrument from pleasant writing, or as a collectors item, an investment.