I'm a massive fan of history. It's full of fascinating things. History is like going into the cluttered attic of an old house and discovering all these quirky little items which the previous owners have left behind. While I'm interested in nearly any and all aspects, facets and periods of history, it's the little things that interest me most. Like... Fountain pens. I'm only a young chap. Twenty-two years and three months at last count. And yet I've used fountain pens exclusively since the age of seven. If that isn't an anachronism, I don't know what is. My story with the fountain pen started when one day, I opened a drawer in my brother's bedroom, where my father dumped all kinds of fiddly things (stationery, mostly), and I found a cheap, 'Pilot' brand fountain pen. I'd seen pictures of these things and I wanted to see how it wrote. So I got some paper and started doodling. I never looked back. My reasons for my obsessive and confusing love-affair with these archaic writing instruments are several in number and varied in nature. They're unique, they're beautiful, they're useful, they're stylish, they'll outlast almost anything made today, they write a hell of a lot better than a ballpoint, and they just have that "Oooooh!" factor. For most of my life, my father was my great enabler. But a few years ago, after I completed highschool, I started collecting pens (not just using, but collecting) in earnest. To date, I've got over 30 different fountain pens, ranging from the 1910s to the modern day. I've got pens from most major pen-makers, including Waterman, Parker, Sheaffer, Wahl-Eversharp, Montblanc, Conway-Stewart and Conklin. If my collection had a 'theme', it would be: "Famous and Significant Fountain Pens of the 20th Century". I get plenty of weird looks and comments from other folks. I don't know if it's because of my age or the fact that the writing-instrument in my hand is more than three times older than I am! Either way, it is fun to watch their reactions when I tell them. Or when I pull out another pen. Or even better, pull out my pocket watch to check the time (which just sends them screaming off down the corridor). Who around here uses fountain pens on a regular basis? Why? What are your reasons for using them and liking them? How did you start and have you ever recieved any weird looks or comments while using them? A sample of handwriting might be a nice thing, too.