I'm glad there are people that still take pride in penmanship. I don't know if any of you know it, but there are schools in the states that are dropping cursive writing. They seem to think it's not needed anymore due to computers. I love computers, however I believe this a big mistake and that the younger generation is getting short-change in getting a well rounded education.I started using disposable fountain pens in university. It slowed my writing down so I could read my notes. After I finished I bought myself a Waterman that I still used daily and a couple of Lamy's.
It's true what you say, a letter written by hand gets far more attention these days than a printout or an email. I also get complements about writing with a fountain pen. It seems to impress a lot of people.