Fine writing instruments have had a huge increase in popularity over the past 20 years. Quality fountain pens and pens have existed for a long time. Many new releases by the major makers have been re-issues of pens of a by gone era.
There are many books devoted solely to writing instruments and their history. It is a good idea to have a lovely writing instrument in your collection of luxury goods. I always try to get quality items if I am going to constantly use them. A quality fountain pen is an item to last a lifetime. In recent years the market for quality writing instruments has exploded.
The most obvious names in quality pens are Mont Blanc, Parker (especially the Duofold), Cartier, Dunhill, Omas and Cross. Many luxury brands have released pens into their range in recent times. Cartier has long since had writing instruments in their range.