Fine Writing Instruments:True Signature Style

In today's world of E-mail, faxes and photocopies, a message, a proposal, even a signature can be transmitted electronically at the touch of a button. Gone are the days of handwriting multiple drafts of a memo. Even zipping off a quick letter to a friend is more likely done by computer than pen and paper. With computer networks, bulletin boards and on-line publications, we are entering an age that threatens (or promises) to be paperless. Of what use, then, is a fine writing instrument? Perhaps the less someone needs an item, the more decadent and appealing it becomes to own. Today, fine pen manufacturers position their wares as more than functional writing tools. They're marketed as a status symbol, a personal statement of style. "A wonderful pen is a consumer status item," says Sumner Dorfman of D.L. Dorfman's & Sons in Boston, Mass. "The guy who drives a Mercedes ... you just l
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