sexylexi said clueless why this is a question to some, unless your area doesnt offer cell's. landlines sound so 1990's. the forum,'s addendum should be: do you use a fountain pen or a key board when writing to your friends? = i guess iz a generational thingy
Indeed it is. Because I DO write with a fountain pen to this day. When I went to grammar school (not "elementary" back then in the US) you were required to use a fountain pen, and take "Palmer Penmanship" in 3rd & 4th Grades. Ball-point pens were forbidden, as they were by banks on personal checks and for many legal documents. Early ball points skipped horribly, putting what your wrote in doubt, and the ink wouldn't dry for days, making a terrible mess when checks were sorted by the banks.
When I was promoted to US Army Colonel, I indulged myself with a little gift, a fountain pen custom made for me. Its cost was outrageous, unless you get a Mont Blanc in solid gold with jewels or something.
In a blue marble finish, it was a replica of a 1920s art deco pen, and similar to one my father had when I was a boy. My mother had a matching one in a red color.
It has my initials on it in an art deco style, and here it is, 20 years later. Whenever I use it, I think of my late parents, and of learning to write with their fountain pens in the early 1950s. It's the only thing I use to sign all my legal documents.
My fountain pen capped. All the gold metal trim you see is real gold:
Uncapped, ready to write. I had them scale it down from the original 1920s model, which I thought was a bit unwieldy:
The nib, likewise in solid gold, trimmed in silver iridium, which also covers the point for wear resistance:
The top of the cap, with my 2 initials in an art deco style in gold: