I am thankful for fountain pens. I find they help me cultivate an attitude of deliberateness, of purposefulness. Can’t just start scribbling a letter or whatever with a fountain pen, especially if it doesn’t have a cartridge. Have to take a bit of time to compose your thoughts so as not to write too carelessly and leave ink splattered all over the page. Or at least that is true for me. Maybe were I to use a pen more often I would better master the skills necessary for proper use. In any case, fountain pens add a note of elegance to the creative process. A process tremendously different when keyboarding on my laptop and different again from thumbing my tablet. More food for thought.