It's my contribution to 'The Write Tools', my blog series on authors, illustrators and their favourite tools. A sample:
...in recent years the humble fountain pen has enjoyed something of a resurgence. While it's still an emblem of professional status for lawyers and doctors, many others are picking up the fluted nib, and putting it to paper.
But why? In a time of cheap ballpoints, tiny laptops and Word-enabled mobile phones, what on earth can be gained from a fountain pen? Isn't this just expensive, shallow, Luddite stubbornness?
Perhaps for some, it's a misplaced longing for the past, or a sign of pomposity.
But for most, it's simply a useful, beautiful, evocative tool. And it's not only for professional writers. Most Australians write something every day, and our tools make no small difference. Of course a pen can't make us nicer, smarter, or more beautiful. But they can enrich and revive the art of writing.