Our discussion on inks and subsequently on paper is very much in line with the times. I don’t read a lot of pen discussion boards. I’m only active in Fountain Pen Geeks but my husband reads them all though he doesn’t comment much. He confirms my suspicion that serious discussion of vintage pens plays a much smaller part than it used to, while discussion of modern pens, ink and paper is busy.
Changed days indeed. A decade or so ago matters were very different. We had the wonderful Lion and Pen which was entirely about vintage pens and was scholarly. Later, Isaacson’s Fountain Pen Board was similar and a real haven for collectors and users of old pens. Then it went to Facebook where I wouldn’t want to follow. Pentrace, in its eccentric way, remains essentially a vintage pen discussion but it isn’t for everyone. Fountain Pen Network from its inception (yes, I was there!) was the home of the “what ink shall I put in my brown Lamy Safari?” post. The level of vintage pen discussion was never very profound, and in the case of the disgraceful Conway Stewart section discussion was stamped out in favour of commercialism.
Time moves on and things change. I find the current emphasis on ink and paper rather than old pens unappealing and it is part of the reason why I began this blog a few years ago. I’m not saying that there’s anything wrong with an interest in inks and papers. I’m just saying I’m set in my ways and I don’t move with the times.