This is just a question. It doesn’t pretend – or even aspire – to provide an answer. To what degree, if any, does the popularity and utility of the fountain pen depend on cursive writing?
I think it’s worth saying that the decline in popularity of the fountain pen is now historic. Without exact figures to support it, I would say that the popularity of the fountain pen has stabilised. It may even be increasing slightly. Both modern and old fountain pens seem to be doing well.
Cursive writing, on the other hand, seems to be dying a death. In many schools it is no longer taught and it is the case that many younger people have difficulty reading it. Of course calligraphy, which includes versions of cursive script, is probably more popular than it has ever been but in a way that’s an irrelevance. Any style of writing can only be regarded as in good health if it is a commonly used means of communication.
Many younger people, when they write at all, seem to use a script somewhat similar to what they see on the printed page. It may or may not be easier to write in that fashion with a fountain pen, but ballpoints rule the roost, with other forms of nibless pens in a minority.
What do you think?