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The fountain pen is mightier than the handbag in keeping sales figures up

While overall market for personal luxury goods plateaus, sales of fountain pens was up 2.1 per cent in 2016 from a year earlier, reaching US$1.046 billion.

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A Meisterstuck diamond fountain pen produced by Montblanc Group. Like the mechanical watch, the fountain pen has survived by pulling a neat trick: Transforming its obsolescence into an aura of indulgent luxury.

New York

A WIDE variety of communities have focused on Donald Trump's recent Oval Office signing ceremonies, but only one among them has turned close attention to the tool with which the new US president affixes his jagged signature to executive orders.

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