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  • Space: The Stationery Frontier

    Space: The Stationery Frontier

    16 July 2018

    Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. --Douglas Adams Everyone knows the story already, so we don't ......Read More

  • Mechanical Pencil Day: Why We Love Mechanical Pencils

    Mechanical Pencil Day: Why We Love Mechanical Pencils

    5 July 2018

    This post is part of our celebrations for Mechanical Pencil Day, on 05/07 - the 5th of July, 2018. We love mechanical pencils, but some of you might be wondering why - there's nothing wrong with wooden pencils, and pens are usually more permanent anyway. Why ......Read More

  • Mechanical Pencil Day: Matthias' Personal Journey

    Mechanical Pencil Day: Matthias' Personal Journey

    4 July 2018

    This post is part of our celebrations for Mechanical Pencil Day, on 05/07 - the 5th of July, 2018. Matthias is the author of the excellent Bleistift blog about stationery, with particular emphasis on mechancal pencils. Here, he tells us of his own journey of discovery ......Read More

  • Mechanical Pencil Day: Crossword

    Mechanical Pencil Day: Crossword

    3 July 2018

    This post is part of our celebrations for Mechanical Pencil Day, on 05/07 - the 5th of July, 2018. While Amanda was musing over the suitability of mechanical pencils for puzzles in preparation for and upcoming post, she hit on the fact that modern technology can ......Read More

  • Mechanical Pencil Day: Dave's Mechanical Pencils

    Mechanical Pencil Day: Dave's Mechanical Pencils

    2 July 2018

    This post is part of our celebrations for Mechanical Pencil Day, on 05/07 - the 5th of July, 2018. For fans of mechanical pencils, Dave will need no introduction, but for everyone else - he's the person behind the much-loved blog Dave's Mechanical Pencils. As one ......Read More

  • Mechanical Pencil Day: Innovation in Mechanical Pencils

    Mechanical Pencil Day: Innovation in Mechanical Pencils

    29 June 2018

    This post is part of our celebrations for Mechanical Pencil Day, on 05/07 - the 5th of July, 2018. Hi. Michael here again. And I love mechanical pencils. Ask anyone who knows me what writing instruments I prefer, and they'll tell you 'fountain pens'. Well, ok, they'd ......Read More

  • POSCA Rocks!

    POSCA Rocks!

    1 June 2018

    POSCA rocks! Well, we think so, so we created POSCA rocks - rocks covered in POSCA. But why? Well, it turned out that we had a 'kill three birds with one stone (or rock)' situation. It gave us an excuse - as if we needed ......Read More

  • Pens for Kids Update - our 2017 Christmas Appeal

    Pens for Kids Update - our 2017 Christmas Appeal

    30 May 2018

    Last year's Pens for Kids appeal resulted in 20,000 Staedtler Stick pens being donated to Build on Books, a charity that works hard to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in Africa. We recently received an update from them, to say that ......Read More

  • Ruitertassen - When Tradition Becomes Passion

    Ruitertassen - When Tradition Becomes Passion

    30 May 2018

    We introduced you to our Cult Pens Ruitertassen notebook covers in the April 2018 newsletter, but only briefly! We thought that now - when people are planning holidays and should have something long-lasting in which to record their adventures - was a good time to ......Read More

  • Revision with Stabilo

    Revision with Stabilo

    9 May 2018

    Whenever I open the fridge, I'm faced with a maths formula. Now, I'm not a maths person (English is more my thing), but my daughter bravely (or stupidly?) chose to study maths for one of her A Levels and is now in the thick of ......Read More

  • History of the Pentel Sign Pen

    History of the Pentel Sign Pen

    9 May 2018

    When I joined Cult Pens, I admit to being a bit flummoxed by the phenomenon known as the 'Sign Pen'. How could you have a pen that was specifically for signing? Surely you could sign stuff with any old pen? Did it perhaps have permanent ......Read More

  • Free international shipping offer

    Free international shipping offer

    30 April 2018

    We're lucky to have lots of customers outside the UK and to help them out we're running a trial where ALL customers outside the UK will qualify for FREE tracked airmail shipping if they spend just £50* or more, as long as your shipment weighs less than ......Read More

  • Journaling with Kuretake

    Journaling with Kuretake

    6 April 2018

    About 18 months ago, Christina from Kuretake visited us, to tell us all about their amazing art products. She couldn't have been too traumatised by the experience because she came back! Either that or it's taken her this long to recover, but let's not go ......Read More

  • Zebra Art & Craft

    Zebra Art & Craft

    5 April 2018

    It's safe to say that whatever type of pen you need, Zebra has probably got it. Want a gel pen in a great range of colours? Check. Have a small bag and want a small pen to fit into it, but one that 'Expandz' to ......Read More

  • #ShoppingAtCultPens

    #ShoppingAtCultPens

    29 March 2018

    Amanda, co-founder of Cult Pens, went shopping to prepare for a trip to Hong Kong. She wasn't the only one #ShoppingAtCultPens, though - see what we bought and why, and let us know what you bought, and what you did with it. We'll let Amanda ......Read More

  • Field Notes Tenth Anniversary

    Field Notes Tenth Anniversary

    2 February 2018

    Field Notes was a simple idea. Designer Aaron Draplin had developed a bit of a fascination with old farmer's notebooks. Companies that made seed, sold parts for tractors, or fertiliser, would make little books. Sometimes they were printed, with information about their products and how ......Read More

  • Schneider: A Pen for Every Occasion

    Schneider: A Pen for Every Occasion

    26 January 2018

    Schneider. In their words, 'the right refill for each pen'. But they're so much more than refills! So where do I start?? '…at the beginning,' I suppose, as the King said in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Well then. The beginning, I suppose, would be in Germany's ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Journal With a Purpose

    Cult Pens Journal With a Purpose

    5 January 2018

    I like lists. Especially To Do lists. They make me feel like I've achieved something. I've even been known to get something done, and then add it to my To Do list retrospectively, just for the pleasure of crossing it off. I know I'm not ......Read More

  • Review of 2017

    Review of 2017

    4 January 2018

    It's been another interesting sort of year for Cult Pens, and another interesting one for the world at large. Solving the world's problems would be a bit too much of a challenge for us, so, being a pen shop, we've stuck to selling pens and ......Read More

  • Supplier of the Year Awards 2017

    Supplier of the Year Awards 2017

    3 January 2018

    And now (drum roll), the moment you've all been waiting for… the winner of the Cult Pens Supplier of the Year! And it goes to…. (very long silence… think Strictly or Great British Bake Off … bit more silence as heartbeats speed up… bit more… ......Read More

  • Journaling Update

    Journaling Update

    21 November 2017

    You may recall my first foray into journaling back in May this year. In it I mentioned that many people who journal describe it as a 'journey', and my experiences this year would certainly echo that. I can easily see now how people can become ......Read More

  • Manuscript and Charlie

    Manuscript and Charlie

    25 October 2017

    Manuscript - the word alone conjures up one of two things: either a thick pile of A4 sheets with double-spaced type representing a hopeful author's literary debut; or - if you're more of a romantic bent - a scroll-like piece of parchment covered with curly ......Read More

  • New LOCLEN Pens and Pencils

    New LOCLEN Pens and Pencils

    24 October 2017

    It's not all that long since we first introduced LOCLEN to you, but we're about to do it again. It does make some sense - they've seen a lot of changes, expanded their premises, and have launched a number of new products. Founder Carlo Vazzoler has ......Read More

  • Win a Bike Decorated with Uni POSCA

    Win a Bike Decorated with Uni POSCA

    28 September 2017

    Bicycles are amazing things. They keep you fit, they're cheaper to buy than a car (most of them, anyway) and they give you an excuse to wear Lycra (if that’s your thing). They don't have an awful lot to do with pens though, apart, that ......Read More

  • World Calligraphy Day at the Pen Museum, Birmingham

    World Calligraphy Day at the Pen Museum, Birmingham

    27 September 2017

    In Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Mrs Danvers dreamt she went to Manderley, but Cult Pens' field agents Louise and Anna dreamt of pens, lots of them, because we went to the Pen Museum! Located in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - once home to the city's pen factories ......Read More

  • Carry and Cases - a Guide to Carrying Pens and Pencils

    Carry and Cases - a Guide to Carrying Pens and Pencils

    26 September 2017

    Introduction If you love, or even just use pens and pencils, you probably need to carry them with you, at least sometimes. If so, this article is for you. You can chuck them in your pocket, loose in the bottom of your bag, keep them perfectly ......Read More

  • Hidden Gems - Kutsuwa

    Hidden Gems - Kutsuwa

    26 September 2017

    Kutsuwa has a long history - over 100 years - of supplying odd, quirky things you didn't know you needed, but now don't know how you'd manage without. Established in Japan in 1910 by Fukumatsu Nishimura, it now operates out of the country's eight major ......Read More

  • Artsynibs Calligraphy Workshop at Cult Pens

    Artsynibs Calligraphy Workshop at Cult Pens

    11 September 2017

    Imagine, if you will, the scene: several staff members sitting expectantly around the meeting room table at Cult Pens headquarters, surrounded by dip pens, nibs, ink, paper and a dog. We'd tackled (with varying degrees of success) drawing and colouring, courtesy of Kuretake, and Inktense ......Read More

  • What We Did On Our Holidays - Vindolanda

    What We Did On Our Holidays - Vindolanda

    7 June 2017

    Or What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?* Or Cult Pens Finds An Interesting Pen In An Unlikely Place As keen readers of our newsletter know we popped up to Newcastle in May to watch Amanda's Rugby League team, Widnes Vikings, get thrashed beaten by ......Read More

  • Michael's Paper Republic Notebook Cover

    Michael's Paper Republic Notebook Cover

    9 May 2017

    I've been tempted by the idea of a 'Traveler's Notebook' for a long time. They always look beautiful, and it's a nice simple idea. I'd drifted away from using notebooks much in the last few years, which reduced the temptation a bit, and each version ......Read More

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