"High quality designer pens are still appreciated items despite the overall decline of the use of fountain pens."
The luxury of writing
Writing with a fountain pen is still for many a way to express style, uniqueness, a way to impress or to create something that is very personal. 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, rather then calligraphy pen, to draw with 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.
Thankfully there is still a lot of stock but some is no longer made while in various places from time to time some material is found in sheds or storage rooms. The prices for 1 feet of stock is fro some materials extraordinary high like snakeskin patterns from Omas, which can be up to £1000,- and that is just the 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 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.