Tech was supposed to kill the fountain pen.
Instead, digital communication is keeping fountain pens alive and well for a new generation of creatives to enjoy.
In the second half of the 20th Century, fountain pens seemed destined for extinction. Word processors, computers, and mobile phones aimed to make the fountain pen, as a writing tool, obsolete. If cursive is no longer being taught in schools and commerce no longer relies on handwritten communication, how does one find out about fountain pens?
Enter the information age and the internet!
Pen enthusiasts were no longer alone in their love for writing instruments. With internet forums, people around the world found a way to connect over a common passion.
Now, pen pals can trade cleaning tips, pen and ink recommendations, troubleshoot problems, and share funny memes that only pen geeks would understand.
In the early naughts (that’s the 2000’s), Fountain Pen Network (FPN for short) was the main online information resource and forum for all things fountain pen related. If you Googled a question about fountain pens, chances are, you would see a link to an FPN thread.
While FPN has plenty of active users, many pen enthusiasts have found other meeting spots around the web that are easier to access across all devices (since the FPN message board is not mobile-friendly).
Here are our favorite forums to hang out and appreciate fountain pens with fellow pen aficionados from around the world.