Italian artist Naomi Vona calls herself an 'archival parasite, with no bad intentions'. Hmm... intriguing! A graduate of the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, her many interests include photography, illustration and constructing collages, focusing on altering vintage and contemporary images to create a ......Read More
Faber-Castell are a well-known and highly respected German stationery brand. They’re known for their pencils, pens, inks, paint, and other writing, drawing and art materials; from basic ‘school’ products up to products for professional artists. Graf von Faber-Castell is their luxury brand, for the very ......Read More
Some years ago, there was quite an explosion in the market for ‘EDC Pens’ - usually tough, all-metal pens, made for pocket carry, and solidly made to take some use and even abuse. In what seemed like a very short time, there went from being ......Read More
It's Michael again. We've talked about notebook covers before. Back when we first started stocking TRAVELER'S COMPANY, I half-joked that I was bound to end up switching to a Traveler's Notebook at some point, it was just a matter of time. Well, it took me ......Read More
Andrew Chorley is known to many on Instagram as @penfriends_uk. He recently acquired a Platinum Curidas retractable fountain pen, and here is his review...
Background Back in 2020 the Platinum Pen Company came to the market with a very exciting new product. A pen that could ......Read More
The Riverlands Project is the National Trust's programme of river restoration, and one of their supporters is Derwent, whose home in the Lake District is one of the areas targeted for attention. Their contribution to the cause has resulted in the creation of five special ......Read More
There are a lot of reasons people love fountain pens. Some love the amazing variety of designs and materials used to make them. Some love the filling mechanisms, and the ability to use bottles of ink, which is economical and good for the environment. But ......Read More
Nothing wrong with a cup of coffee. It's as much a ritual as a simple need for a hot, aromatic drink, and best if served in a re-usable cup (a mug is even better!) But there are a lot of disposable cups out there, and ......Read More
Helen Carter is the artistic genius behind one of our online workshops, and created a beautiful banner for our newsletter. If you're reading this before 16th March, there's still time to sign up for the workshop, and you can do so here. If you're a ......Read More
The history of Campo Marzio began in 1933 with the production of fountain pens in what was known as a 'Bottega Artigiana'. This Bottega was located in the heart of Rome, in the district of Campo Marzio, from which it took the name it bears ......Read More
Gavin Bolt is the edgy genius behind one of our Penorama banners, which he created with his favourite marker - POSCA. He customises clothing, and you can see what he does here.
His work is a great example of the versatility of these markers, which can ......Read More
Midori - that manufacturer of superbly-made stationery - is 70 years old. Actually it's 72, having been established in Japan in 1950. But as you may have noticed, we've had some Strange Times these last couple of years, and Midori felt they couldn't give the celebrations ......Read More
January, 2022. A Friday. A grey and uninteresting Friday. But one that was about to become VERY interesting indeed, because two Cult Pens team members were about to be admitted into the portals of Diamine HQ in Aintree, Liverpool. We felt like Charlie Bucket and ......Read More
A little creativity goes a long way. Not only is it relaxing, it frees your mind to process things you might not otherwise have time to process. A bit of drawing, a spot of painting or a session of scrapbooking or journaling works wonders on ......Read More
When was the last time you got a hand-written letter? Today, or even a few days ago? Well, lucky you! Last month? Last year? For many of us it's more likely to be last decade. Which is quite sad really. But it's a sign of ......Read More
The planet needs help, and so do many of the people on it. VENT for Change, a company based here in the South West in Bristol, is offering both. How? By creating fabulous 'upcycled' items of stationery and donating 10% of their net sales turnover ......Read More
Kaweco is one of those brands that was going strong - for a long time, actually, from 1883 - and then it wasn't. Its future wasn't too bright, but then fanatical pen collector and entrepreneur Michael Gutbertlet took over the Kaweco branding and brought it ......Read More
Hi. I’m Michael, and I’ve been working at Cult Pens for 15 years. And boy are my arms tired!
Oh, no, that doesn’t really work, does it?
So, how has Cult Pens changed in that time? Well, pretty much unrecognisably, really. Back then, we were just getting ......Read More
We all have an artist inside us, ready to leap out at a moment's notice. It might not be that obvious: it might just be a case of recognising that the bright green on the kitchen walls is quite revolting and should be painted over ......Read More
Bourgogne, a region in France famous for its idyllic landscapes, stews and wine. So? How does this region have a relationship with the #3776? A good question and one I guess has more to do with the colour rather than its culinary delights. Bourgogne translates ......Read More
Apparently, it’s been another year. Another year of these unprecedented times. And we’re probably all about ready for some more precedented times. But around here, at least, we seem to have been getting the hang of all this remote working stuff, and working with the ......Read More
We had an excellent response to our recent Fountain Pen Survey, which is why it's taken this long to go through everything! (We're not complaining, by the way.) So let's get on with the first question: what is your favourite new fountain pen of 2021, ......Read More
What's your background?
My background is about as dull as it comes, I’m afraid! I’m solidly middle-class, grew up in Windsor, studied English at Oxford — but I was always super geeky, and in a digital way as soon as I could. I was the first ......Read More
Andrew Chorley is known to many on Instagram as @PenfriendsUK, where he showcases his love of fountain pens, and on YouTube where he reviews them. It's true to say he's a bit of an obsessive, which is fine by us! He kindly agreed to run ......Read More
Hello, my name is Louise and I'm an ink addict. Seriously, I love inks of all colours and all brands. I use a range from standard fountain pen inks for my everyday writing and note-taking to calligraphy and drawing inks which I use with dip ......Read More
A guest blog from our friends at Tree of Hearts
'Dear Auntie Mabel, thank you for coming to our wedding. It was very kind and we liked your present. Lots of love.' NO! No, no, no! That's a thank you, to be sure, but it's a ......Read More
Journaling has been proven to have really positive effects on our mental health. Your journal can be a safe place to let out all your emotions, plan for your future and take some quiet time to reflect. In this post I will be sharing some ......Read More
Cherie Jerrard - illustrator, fashion designer, dance instructor - is a very colourful (and very clever) person! She's designed our Penorama banner and has experimented with Rohrer & Klinger inks for us, as well as Kaweco's AL Special dip pen. We took the liberty of ......Read More
One day I decided to take time out from writing newsletters and blogs for Cult Pens and go for a walk. Actually, I didn't 'just decide'; it took a bit of planning and a bit of scheming, and undertaking such an endeavour had been in ......Read More