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    Default Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    what happend to this forum? It is completely dead. Why? Or have I got the wrong link?
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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    Management moved to Facebook

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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    …unfortunately.

    I liked the idea of a forum dedicated to vintage pens only..
    Last edited by christof; April 21st, 2022 at 09:55 AM.

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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    It was good while it lasted. It was the one place where Dr Isaacson behaved himself 9for the most part).

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    as I don't have the thumbs up icon on phone I thank you all globally for the answers 😊

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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    I liked the idea of a forum dedicated to vintage pens only..
    This this this this this!

    I completely miss the kind of place that has both deep knowledge of, and true respect and love for, the world of vintage pens. I would almost make this a retirement project (starting a vintage pen forum), but I actually have a suspicion that the bulk of the people who were part of the first big wave of vintage collectors are just ‘over’ discussing stuff, burned out on typing on a forum, etc.

    I butt heads with David on many occasions, but that group of people was one of the best sources of pen info ever.
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    and that when Truth and Error have fair Play, the former is always an overmatch for the latter."

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    I find myself now classified as "old guard" in the pen community. 'Don't know how that happened. Many of the people who were old guard back when I started collecting, and the dawning of the business now 19 years ago are gone, or simply don't post on forums. Al Mayman, Susan Wirth, Frank Tedesco, Gary Lehrer... Richard Binder retired. Others simply don't have time to invest. I haven't seen David Nishimura post in ages.

    Isn't this the board that was started by Dennis Lively, and then carried on by Frank of Federalist Pens? (sorry, total blank on his last name).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Z View Post
    Many of the people who were old guard back when I started collecting, and the dawning of the business now 19 years ago are gone, or simply don't post on forums. ... Others simply don't have time to invest. I haven't seen David Nishimura post in ages.

    Isn't this the board that was started by Dennis Lively, and then carried on by Frank of Federalist Pens? (sorry, total blank on his last name).
    Ron, thanks for the background. Be it FPN, the above-mentioned Fountain Pen Board, or even the Zoss list, there is a big vacuum in vintage and the new fp crowd is pretty much all about current pens. BTW, David Nishimura is pretty active, but his postings are mainly Facebook/Instagram and related to his sales.

    Your last question is a bit unclear: to which board are you referring? The one we are currently on was started by Eric Orozco, and I was pretty certain FPB had been started by David Issacson himself.
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    Though I joined, I wasn't active on FPB, and was getting it confused with the other. David being a hospital doc, has been busy the last couple of years, and has gone to Facebook.

    The pen community is undergoing a major shift, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Szanto View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    I liked the idea of a forum dedicated to vintage pens only..
    ... that group of people was one of the best sources of pen info ever.
    Definitely true! But that's the way it is in life. Things change... So let's just have some fun with our vintage pens here for the moment.

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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    Vintage? Did anybody say vintage? It would be lovely to have a dedicated section, of any forum, to vintage pens. Most posts are now relating to modern lamys, twsbis and Chinese pens if not to modern luxury LE/SE pens of which I personally do not give a damn. Yes I like some modern Pelikans, Wanchers but I still prefer vintage pens with better quality and heritage.

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    Go old fashioned, join the Pen Collectors of America and read the Pennant!

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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    Denis Lively's board that Ron refers to above never gained all that many dedicated members and eventually just faded out. Frank could tell us more. If that board is still around it could be the basis of a vintage discussion area. Another good vintage board was Lion & Pen, long gone and sadly lamented.

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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    Remember usenet?

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    Default Re: Fountainpenboard - The site looks dead

    It seems that people who own vintage pens don't like to talk about vintage pens (at least) online.

    There is nothing that prevented anyone here to create threads after threads about vintage pens. Why do we need a "special place"?

    About 98% of what I posted here (or reddit or pentrace) are about vintage pens.

    Maybe I'm missing something, but if I can do that, anyone can do the same, no?
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    Of course you are right Will.
    As it has been said before, we seem to be a dying breed. And the few that are still here seem to have grown a bit tired.
    Also I don't post as much and in as much detail as I did when I was at my best on FPN.
    I too have become a bit tired I guess.
    In fact, no other place and no other forum will help.

    ...I liked the idea anyway

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    I don't post much now as age and ill-health catch up with me. Deb and I keep a blog going and that's mostly about vintage pens. That keeps us busy. Of course Deb used to contribute more than I ever did until the misogynists drove her out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jar View Post
    Remember usenet?
    Yes. Frank Dubiel was active there. The group wasn't especially busy but it was always worth a look.

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    Fatigue is real, a function of not only age but how long one has been involved in a particular passion. Of course, change is inevitable, but it is sad to know that a certain era of knowledge has not been kept in a documented way, and many of the answers (in our pen world) that came from small groups of people who really knew/know their stuff will gradually fade away.

    Of course, I am glad to have all of you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by christof View Post
    Of course you are right Will.
    As it has been said before, we seem to be a dying breed. And the few that are still here seem to have grown a bit tired.
    Also I don't post as much and in as much detail as I did when I was at my best on FPN.
    I too have become a bit tired I guess.
    In fact, no other place and no other forum will help.

    ...I liked the idea anyway
    Perhaps I am just collecting and tracking the "wrong"(so to speak) kinds of vintage pens, but it seems to me that the sale prices just keep going up & up & up. In all of the sales venues...online and in person.
    If interest is fading as people tire and/or pass away, what is fueling this surge in market values?

    Obviously, a rhetorical question, but I'm interested in your thoughts............

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