Where have they gone?


Where are the engineers, inventors and innovators who gave us filling systems like the Vacumatic, the Snorkel and the Capillary (Parker 61)? Will we ever see another new method of filling a fountain pen? My own impression is that those household name pen manufacturers don't employ engineers, inventors and innovators, just marketing people, with little or no knowledge of pens, their use, or users.

Design is mainly for cheapness of manufacture (rarely reflected in the actual retail price), with little or no thought given to repair or part replacement in the long term (more than two years)!