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  • 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

  • Widnes Vikings at the Magic Weekend

    Widnes Vikings at the Magic Weekend

    8 May 2017

    Cult Pens is ridiculously proud to be sponsoring the Widnes Vikings Rugby League team at the upcoming Magic Weekend on May 20th/May 21st in Newcastle. As you may or may not be aware, Devon - where we're based - isn't exactly a hotbed for Rugby League, ......Read More

  • Journaling

    Journaling

    4 May 2017

    It was probably at some point last year that we noticed our pads and journals/notebooks with a dot-grid pattern were getting increasingly popular. The term 'bullet journaling' was bandied around, but to be honest, we didn't take too much notice. We were busy trying to ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Creative Column: Calligraphy

    Cult Pens Creative Column: Calligraphy

    8 March 2017

    Hi, my name’s Louise. And I’m a stationeryholic. I also work as a Customer Service Advisor here at Cult Pens which is a pretty good job with lovely customers, and a great team, not to mention the pens! The ink! The paper! I’m surrounded by ......Read More

  • Balls and Ball-tipped Pens

    Balls and Ball-tipped Pens

    7 February 2017

    China and Ballpoint Pens There were news stories recently that China had finally cracked a problem that had eluded them for a long time: being able to make ballpoint pens. It sounds odd, because China is well-known for churning out lots of ballpoint pens, but the story ......Read More

  • Review of 2016

    Review of 2016

    11 January 2017

    2016 was quite a year for us.  Let's face it, it was quite a year for most people really!  At Cult Pens we had some wins, some setbacks, and some setbacks that turned out in hindsight to be blessings.  That's business.  Despite the various dramas, ......Read More

  • J Herbin Scented Inks

    J Herbin Scented Inks

    9 December 2016

    Your sense of smell is incredibly evocative, probably more so than any of the other four senses. Random scents can conjure up long-buried memories; they can make you smile with pleasure (newly-baked bread, fresh coffee), or wrinkle your nose in disgust. Some - like petrol, ......Read More

  • Meet Michael - Ten Years at Cult Pens

    Meet Michael - Ten Years at Cult Pens

    30 November 2016

    In May last year, we celebrated 10 years of Cult Pens - 10 years since the online shop sprouted in the back room of a small stationery shop in Dartmouth, and took over a corner of the internet. I was sitting in another corner, nearby, ......Read More

  • Pilot - iPad Air Competition

    Pilot - iPad Air Competition

    15 November 2016

    Would air-neebody like to win a 32GB iPad Air 2? Yes Good, because Pilot have generously donated one to us to give away to a lucky customer. Spend £25 on Pilot products from now until 16th December and we'll automatically enter you into the draw ......Read More

  • Platinum Snow Globe Competition

    Platinum Snow Globe Competition

    15 November 2016

    We have six beautiful Platinum snow globes to give away. Spend £100 on Platinum from now until 16th December and we'll automatically put you into the draw to win one of them. The Platinum #3776 Great Lakes series of limited edition fountain pens, celebrating the five ......Read More

  • Kaweco - Big Brother Competition

    Kaweco - Big Brother Competition

    15 November 2016

    The Big Brother has nothing to do with relatives, George Orwell's 1984 or reality TV. It is, in fact, an ENORMOUS Kaweco fountain pen, the sort the BFG might appreciate. You can't actually use it to write with, but you could hang it from the ......Read More

  • Fountain Pen Day 2016

    Fountain Pen Day 2016

    3 November 2016

    Fountain Pen Day is a day to embrace, promote and share the use of fountain pens. It's on the first Friday each November, which makes it November the 4th this year. It's a good excuse to talk about fountain pens, either in person, or on ......Read More

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital - the Cult Pens Christmas Appeal 2016

    Great Ormond Street Hospital - the Cult Pens Christmas Appeal 2016

    1 November 2016

    Everybody knows of Great Ormond Street Hospital. it's a rock to cling to in a stormy sea, a bit of light in a dark room. It is, quite simply, the best place to be if you're not very big and not very well. Founded in ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Architecture Prize 2016

    Cult Pens Architecture Prize 2016

    27 October 2016

    Once again Cult Pens sponsored the aptly-named 'Cult Pens Award' - a prize for Dr Manuel Cresciani's architecture students at Northumbria University. As before, the students were challenged with creating a series of six visions of a chosen street in such a way that viewers ......Read More

  • Derwent Competition - Win a Weekend Break

    Derwent Competition - Win a Weekend Break

    3 October 2016

    Picture the scene: green hills, grey crags, blue water and white puffy sheep. You're in the Lake District, and you're there courtesy of Derwent, one of the world's leading brands when it comes to artists' materials. You could go for a stroll, embark on a ......Read More

  • Derwent Inktense Creative Morning

    Derwent Inktense Creative Morning

    3 October 2016

    Cult Pens Get Inktensely Messy! We don't just sit around answering the phone or writing newsletters or wandering around the warehouse picking orders, you know. Oh no. Sometimes we spread the Tiverton Gazette over the meeting room table, dish out some Derwent and get arty (well ......Read More

  • Pentel's 70th Anniversary

    Pentel's 70th Anniversary

    3 October 2016

    What do Dolly Parton, Joanna Lumley and Steven Spielberg have in common? Well not a great deal, it must be said, apart from the fact that they are the same age - yes, 70! - as Pentel, one of the most recognisable pen brands in ......Read More

  • Old Favourites Return - the Jotter and Silvine Notebooks

    Old Favourites Return - the Jotter and Silvine Notebooks

    12 September 2016

    Two classic designs that will bring back memories for many of us - the Parker Jotter and the Silvine Notebook. The Jotter has been around since 1954, and while it wasn't the first ballpoint pen, it quickly became one of the most popular, with over 750 ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Visits Derwent

    Cult Pens Visits Derwent

    7 September 2016

    Scafell Pike, Herdwick sheep, Beatrix Potter, Donald Campbell's Bluebird, Lake Windermere, Alfred Wainwright, Kendal Mint Cake, William Wordsworth, Swallows and Amazons. Just a few of the diverse reasons why you might be familiar with the beautiful area of north-west England known as the Lake District. ......Read More

  • LOCLEN

    LOCLEN

    8 August 2016

    Think of Italy and the usual stuff comes to mind - sunbaked terracotta-tiled roofs… hillsides covered with vineyards and olive groves… certain red sports cars with a prancing horse logo… and of course, spaghetti. How about pens? No? Well, that's understandable, but we hope to ......Read More

  • ACME Studio

    ACME Studio

    3 August 2016

    "Beep, beep." For those of you old enough to remember, ACME featured heavily in Wile E Coyote's arsenal in his ongoing battle against the Road Runner, usually featuring some device that didn't work, or did work, but not in the way he wanted. Ironically, 'acme' ......Read More

  • Kuretake Demo Day

    Kuretake Demo Day

    4 July 2016

    While we look forward to the lovely people who bring our bacon butties on a Monday morning, most visitors to Cult Pens tend to be couriers, the Royal Mail, lorries containing vast rolls of bubble-wrap or lost people with pick-ups looking for Jewson. So we ......Read More

  • Cross 21st Century

    Cross 21st Century

    2 June 2016

    Staggeringly, over 100 million (yes, million) Cross Classic Centuries have been sold in the last 70 years. Quite an achievement; they must be doing something right! To celebrate, and also to commemorate 170 years of Cross innovation, they have created the extremely special 21st Century ......Read More

  • Start Bay Notebooks - For The Adventure

    Start Bay Notebooks - For The Adventure

    10 May 2016

    Start Bay notebook covers - as the names suggests if you're familiar with the West Country - are made on the south coast of Devon. They're leathery (very leathery) and tough (very tough) and really nice. They are the vision of Peter Cattermole, and are hand-made ......Read More

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