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  • Derwent and the National Trust

    Derwent and the National Trust

    26 May 2022

    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

  • Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs

    Guide to Fountain Pen Nibs

    14 April 2022

    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

  • Coffeenotes - simple, stylish, sustainable stationery

    Coffeenotes - simple, stylish, sustainable stationery

    31 March 2022

    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

  • Meet the Artist - Helen Carter

    Meet the Artist - Helen Carter

    9 March 2022

    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

  • Campo Marzio - Italian flair, colour and versatility

    Campo Marzio - Italian flair, colour and versatility

    3 March 2022

    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

  • Meet the Artist - Gav Bolt of High Boltage Customs

    Meet the Artist - Gav Bolt of High Boltage Customs

    2 March 2022

    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

  • 70 Years of Midori

    70 Years of Midori

    24 February 2022

    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

  • We Love You Diamine!

    We Love You Diamine!

    10 February 2022

    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

  • Make Time For Creativity

    Make Time For Creativity

    8 February 2022

    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

  • February is InCoWriMo

    February is InCoWriMo

    1 February 2022

    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

  • VENT for Change: Meet The Brand

    VENT for Change: Meet The Brand

    31 January 2022

    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 Revisited

    Kaweco Revisited

    25 January 2022

    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

  • 15 Years at Cult Pens

    15 Years at Cult Pens

    24 January 2022

    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

  • Jenny Muncaster - Artist Spotlight

    Jenny Muncaster - Artist Spotlight

    18 January 2022

    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

  • Platinum #3776 Bourgogne Review

    Platinum #3776 Bourgogne Review

    17 January 2022

    Introduction 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

  • Cult Pens 2021 - A Year In Review

    Cult Pens 2021 - A Year In Review

    5 January 2022

    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

  • Cult Pens Fountain Pen Survey

    Cult Pens Fountain Pen Survey

    4 November 2021

    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

  • Ant Newman of UK Fountain Pens

    Ant Newman of UK Fountain Pens

    27 October 2021

    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

  • PenfriendsUK Mini Interview

    PenfriendsUK Mini Interview

    19 October 2021

    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

  • 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

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