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Old 04-01-2016, 01:07 AM
Francis Vaughan Francis Vaughan is offline
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Location: Adelaide, Australia
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Heh, I have a Caran D'Ache fountain pen. It is lovely. It is my main writing implement.

I an surprised no-one has mentioned Henry Petroski's seminal work The Pencil.

Everyone should read at least one of his books. To Engineer is Human is perhaps the key one, but The Pencil is a wonderful read. Probably answers the OP's question. (My copy is at home, I might try to find it in the mire later.)