Thoughts about Pen Forums

My HuronUPDATE 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.

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.

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9 thoughts on “Thoughts about Pen Forums

      1. I did check out your links. I’m also a member of the fountain pen google+ community. 🙂 I don’t look at the fountain pen forum every day, but I do miss it when I want to look up information about paper and pens.

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      2. I know what you mean! Well, FPN is back up again for those occasional look-ups. It still is the largest English speaking venue for information, ay? Thank you for the reminder about Google+. Totally spaced out on that one.

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  1. Nice reminder this is. As a beginner to fountain pens, relatively (despite having collected over 20 of them I still consider myself one for I do have a lot to learn yet) I see FPN as the prime authority for pens, but probably only due to the fact that it shows up first on Google searches.

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  2. I absolutely love reading the comments and suggestions of FPN.
    It’s there with the honest reviews from fellow FP-ers, that I’ve made decisions on which pens, inks and papers to purchase. It’s sad that for a forum like this, it’d receive such “virtual” violence.

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