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  • Beginner's Guide to Ink

    Beginner's Guide to Ink

    13 October 2021

    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

  • What Do You Say In A Thank You Card? (Tree of Hearts)

    What Do You Say In A Thank You Card? (Tree of Hearts)

    12 October 2021

    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 for your Mental Health

    Journaling for your Mental Health

    5 October 2021

    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 Did This

    Cherie Did This

    21 September 2021

    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

  • Anna's Adventures on the South West Coast Path

    Anna's Adventures on the South West Coast Path

    20 September 2021

    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

  • Cult Pens 2021 Advent Calendar

    Cult Pens 2021 Advent Calendar

    7 September 2021

    The Cult Pens Japanese Advent Calendar is an advent calendar with a difference. No chocolate. That's it. No, seriously, it may not have festive-shaped combinations of fat, sugar and cocoa beans in it, but it does contain a collection of (mostly small, but not in all ......Read More

  • RHODIA - PAPIER AU CHOIX SINCE 1934

    RHODIA - PAPIER AU CHOIX SINCE 1934

    7 September 2021

    To paper aficionados, Rhodia is a familiar name. But for many people, when you've seen one notepad, you've seen 'em all. But that is not so. This blog is for you. When you write on paper, be it with a pencil, a ballpoint, a rollerball or ......Read More

  • FLEXBOOK - Yours For A Lifetime

    FLEXBOOK - Yours For A Lifetime

    7 September 2021

    Flexibility in a notebook is often at the expense of durability. You can fold the pages back with no problem, but then find they fall out, or the cover has been bent so often it disintegrates after a time. Or it's the other way round: ......Read More

  • Alison Powell - Meet the Artist

    Alison Powell - Meet the Artist

    1 September 2021

    Art is something you can either do - or you can't. Right? Wrong. According to Alison Powell, anyway. And she should know, because talented artist and member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society that she is, she firmly believes that given the right instruction, a bit ......Read More

  • Supporting Your Left-handed Child

    Supporting Your Left-handed Child

    10 August 2021

    Back in the days of yore (not that long ago actually), at least in the UK, children who were naturally left-handed were often forced to write with their right. This led to all sorts of problems: untidy, painfully-executed handwriting being the least of them, as ......Read More

  • Stamford Notebook Company

    Stamford Notebook Company

    29 July 2021

    There are notebooks. And there are notebooks. Some are the type you use to scribble down your shopping list, or shove in your bag in case you have a brilliant idea in the middle of B&Q. But others transcend those lowly functions. They're too nice ......Read More

  • Cult Pens at the London Pen Show 2021

    Cult Pens at the London Pen Show 2021

    27 July 2021

    So, we finally did a pen show. After over 16 years of being Cult Pens, we had a stand at the London Pen Show on Sunday. How did it go? Did we meet lots of interesting people? Did people at the show know who we ......Read More

  • Famous Writers & Their Pens

    Famous Writers & Their Pens

    19 July 2021

    Pens and writing go together. In the days before gadgets, writers wrote with pens. Some, such as Daniel Defoe and Charles Dickens, made use of shorthand while others wrote longhand, but however they did it, it was with a writing instrument of some kind. We ......Read More

  • MEET THE BRAND - MONTEVERDE

    MEET THE BRAND - MONTEVERDE

    19 July 2021

    We've had Monteverde in the Cult Pens gang for some time now. We started with their astonishing range of refills, which caters for most of the major pen brands out there, including those whose pens take non-standard refills such as the likes of LAMY and ......Read More

  • Beginner's Guide to Mechanical Pencils

    Beginner's Guide to Mechanical Pencils

    30 June 2021

    If you haven’t made much use of mechanical pencils, you could be missing out on a useful little tool. They’re quick and easy to use, reliable, always sharp, and a snapped point just means a couple of clicks to get going again, not having to ......Read More

  • Pelikan: The Origin Story

    Pelikan: The Origin Story

    1 June 2021

     Pelikan is a well-known brand around most of the world, but what you know them for may vary. To many in the UK, they're best known for their luxury Souverän fountain pens - luxurious, yes, but also reliable workhorse fountain pens for daily use. Across ......Read More

  • NAMIKI - BEAUTY AND PERFECTION SINCE 1918

    NAMIKI - BEAUTY AND PERFECTION SINCE 1918

    21 May 2021

    A pen is a pen is a pen. Well yes, most of the time. As long as it contains ink and some means of getting that ink onto paper, it's fit for purpose. It's classified as a pen. Some are pretty, some are not, and ......Read More

  • Using a Journal for Improved Mental Health

    Using a Journal for Improved Mental Health

    13 May 2021

    Keeping a journal is a deeply personal experience that enables to you let out your thoughts, feelings, worries and hopes. It’s a safe place to express yourself, and your journal is a wonderful expression of who you really are. The Benefits of Keeping a Journal There are ......Read More

  • Louise's 10 Years at Cult Pens

    Louise's 10 Years at Cult Pens

    10 May 2021

    A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… oh wait, no that’s the wrong story, sorry. 10 long years ago, in a small mid-Devon town, far, far in the South West of England, resides an online stationery store and it’s here where ......Read More

  • Staff Picks, Memories and Tips

    Staff Picks, Memories and Tips

    10 May 2021

    Since it’s our birthday, we asked everyone for their top products, favourite memories, and top tips. Not everyone had time to write up their thoughts - some were too busy getting your orders out - but a few of us did, and here we are… Michael Favourite ......Read More

  • DO BETTER WITH LESS - PILOT'S ECOBALL

    DO BETTER WITH LESS - PILOT'S ECOBALL

    27 April 2021

    It takes 400 years for most plastic to degrade. So if it had existed in Shakespeare's time, the Bard could have swigged his ale from a plastic bottle, chucked the empty in the Avon, and it would only recently have disappeared. Makes you think, doesn't ......Read More

  • Faber-Castell - Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness and the Future

    Faber-Castell - Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness and the Future

    12 April 2021

    Faber-Castell is one of the oldest and most familiar names in the world of stationery. And it's pencils that spring to mind. Good pencils; ones that are comfortable to hold, which are easy to sharpen without snapping the lead, and whose profile was changed from ......Read More

  • Graf von Faber-Castell - 260 Years of Pencil Perfection

    Graf von Faber-Castell - 260 Years of Pencil Perfection

    12 April 2021

    We wrote a blog some time back about the perfect pencil. Not just any perfect pencil, but THE Perfect Pencil, the range from Faber-Castell. It's here, if you want to take a look: 25 Years of Pencil Perfection | Cult Pens. That was over two ......Read More

  • ONOTO THE PEN

    ONOTO THE PEN

    25 March 2021

    Onoto's history began in London in 1905 in the guise of the De La Rue printing company which was based in the delightfully-named Bunhill Row. Before that time, De La Rue made fountain pens under other brand names. One of these was 'Pelican' which was ......Read More

  • World Book Day – The Illustrator

    World Book Day – The Illustrator

    2 March 2021

    4th March is World Book Day. Stories are all well and good, but pictures make them better. The images gracing the pages of a book play a vital role in storytelling and developing young imaginations. Can anyone hear the words of Roald Dahl’s glorious The Twits ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Portrait Competition

    Cult Pens Portrait Competition

    15 February 2021

    We're launching a portrait competition! We've seen your efforts with #cultpenscreative so now it's your chance to really show us what you can do! It's open to all you amazing amateurs out there who fancy immortalising somebody or something - your mum, your granddad, ......Read More

  • InCoWriMo

    InCoWriMo

    8 February 2021

    February is InCoWriMo, otherwise known as International Correspondence Writing Month, which challenges you to hand-write (no new-fangled typing in this challenge) and post or deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February. And whilst writing to strangers is perfectly acceptable during ......Read More

  • Valentine’s Journaling with Helen Colebrook

    Valentine’s Journaling with Helen Colebrook

    8 February 2021

    I think that Valentine’s Day and the month of February is the perfect time to focus on a little self-love. January can be a tough month for many, leaving us feeling tired and perhaps a little gloomy. I’m going to guide you through some of my ......Read More

  • PARKER 51 - THE PEN FROM ANOTHER PLANET

    PARKER 51 - THE PEN FROM ANOTHER PLANET

    7 February 2021

    The Parker 51 fountain pen was initially launched in 1941. Its design was finalised in 1939, Parker's 51st year of operating, from where its name is thought to have come, although  early advertising suggested that it was called the '51' to indicate that it was 10 ......Read More

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