UPDATE AUG 2013: FPN backup and operational!
Over the years, I’ve linked to many, many posts on the Fountain Pen Network aka FPN. It was the place where people helped me acquire my first fountain pens since childhood. In recent days, FPN has been repeatedly hacked and attacked. Please use caution when visiting FPN, and clicking even on links to FPN from this blog.
Forums of all interests go through cycles of ups and downs, dramas and comedies, and they come and go. Having been on the internet since before it, uh, was the internet, during the earliest days of personal computing… well, nothing stays the same. Not IBM, not Morrow, not Apple. (Perhaps I should have written: not Parker, not Sheaffer, not Conklin.) Attention evolves or slips away.
There are other forums perhaps not—as yet?—offering as much online information as FPN. All of them host earnest users and collectors of fountain pens.
A sampling of forums are listed below. The country designations are meant only to alert you to the primary language of the individual forums. If you are from the USA do take the time to explore some of the international forums. There’s some great sharing going on around the world. Google Chrome (or, uh, google translate) will translate, however roughly and sometimes comically, most of the non-English forums for you.
- Fountain Pen Board – here you will find leading experts especially, though not exclusively, on vintage American pens (USA)
- Fountain Pen Geeks (USA)
- Styloplume (France)
- Bromfield (Japan… not technically a forum… anyone know of one?)
- Fountain Pen It Forum (Italy)
- Fountain Pen Network - Philipines
- Forum Opiorach (Poland)
- Pióra Wiecne Forum (Poland)
- Forum Numismatic (Romania… a collector’s forum that includes pens)
- Elite Pen (Russia)
Any links to forums, including FPN, are not endorsements by this blog. They are for your information, comprende? As always, use your own critical thinking cap to determine the best fit for you. If forums are your thing, ay?
You’re well aware, no doubt, there are a lot of good informative blogs around the internet, too. I’ve always listed only a few on my links page. My intention has been to alert you to places I regularly read and admire, not to be a one stop link reading/shopping site. A lot of sites promote disposables, and that’s just not my thing.
There are still Yahoo groups out there, and Facebook has become a new venue for some pen people. Hat tip to Wendy for reminding me about the Google + Fountain Pen Community.
Feel free to list your favorite places in the comments. Alternatives abound.
The world is full of mayhem. It’s also full of kindness, and compassion. Thankfully we have our writing instruments of choice to chronicle our world, fictionalize it, escape from it, or perhaps try to transform it.