In this increasingly digital world, it is still nice to put pen to paper, even it is only to write my shopping list! In an increasingly throwaway society, it is even more pleasing to write your shopping list, or a letter, or your Christmas cards, with something that has been around for a few decades. With the right care, it could well be around for a few decades more. Enter the vintage fountain pen. I always loved using a fountain pen as a lad and ever since I have always owned anything between one and several. Even my scrawl looks beautiful when written with such an instrument. With an occasional service (a strip down, a clean and perhaps a new ink sac) these pens will last for years and should never end up in landfill. I am not one of those pen snobs who has to track down a Mont Blanc and show off to the world about it (not that I could afford one anyway). I'm talking about the pens those of us of a certain age grew up with... the Platignums, the Parkers, the Conway Stewarts. An everyday pen between 10 and 50 years old is serviceable and easy to maintain and continues to provide a pleasant writing experience. So much more enjoyable than a throwaway biro! If you fancy revisiting the fountain pen, or are looking for an unusual gift, keep an eye on my "Desk Drawer" store, at ebid. net (link below). I usually have a range of serviced fountain pens between 10 and 50 years old, and from £5 up to about £30. Like all used items, they are not always blemish free but I always test them before sale to ensure they are fit for the purpose they were made for all those years ago. I also stock related items, like mechanical pencils, ink wells and ink blotters.