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  • Black Friday Competition Terms and Conditions

    Black Friday Competition Terms and Conditions

    26 November 2020

    Competition Terms & Conditions 1. This competition entitled “Black Friday Competition” (the "Competition") is organised by The SQL Workshop Limited (trading as Cult Pens, company number: 02676287) whose registered office address is at Greenbridge Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 3RX (the “Promoter”). 2. By entering this Competition, you ......Read More

  • Meet The Artist: Jamie Stockley

    Meet The Artist: Jamie Stockley

    17 November 2020

    Your mental health can take a bashing when you least expect it. There you are, sailing along quite happily through life and then… wham! Something happens (and it can often seem quite minor) and suddenly it's life Jim, but not as you knew it. It doesn't ......Read More

  • Meet The Artist: Linda Fox

    Meet The Artist: Linda Fox

    12 November 2020

    Linda Fox grew up and became a GP. And then she gave that up and became an illustrator instead. What…? We were intrigued. How do you go from wrestling with warts and wens to wielding a paintbrush? Well, here's how… 'Since childhood I have loved painting ......Read More

  • The History of the Fountain Pen

    The History of the Fountain Pen

    2 November 2020

    We really have to start with the question of what is a fountain pen? It seems simple enough - we all know they're those pens with nibs, usually metal nibs. But if we go back to when the fountain pen was developed, that's not what ......Read More

  • The History and Heritage of Montblanc

    The History and Heritage of Montblanc

    29 October 2020

    Synonymous with excellence in craftsmanship and design, Montblanc has been pushing the boundaries of innovation ever since the Maison first revolutionised the art of writing in 1906. Inspired by the mechanical innovations he witnessed during his travels to America, German technician August Eberstein teamed up with ......Read More

  • Brad Dowdy's Ink List

    Brad Dowdy's Ink List

    13 October 2020

    I want to be honest with you upfront: I own a lot of fountain pen inks. You would think, at some point in the very near future, that my inky acquisition phase would slow down, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. I ......Read More

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    6 October 2020

    October, as well as being when we indulge in all things inky, is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's the most common cancer in women and - depending on detection time, your age, your history and sometimes just plain luck - it has varying rates ......Read More

  • One Year On...

    One Year On...

    6 October 2020

    I can’t believe that 15th October is the one year anniversary of my first book, Journal with Purpose, being published! What a year it’s been too. I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the support shown by the journaling and creative community who have been buying the ......Read More

  • Dyslexia Awareness Week

    Dyslexia Awareness Week

    6 October 2020

    When I first started primary school all those years ago, I was recognised as having a condition that my teachers loved to call 'word blindness', as though putting that label on me meant that the problem was solved and they could just carry on as ......Read More

  • National Coming Out Day

    National Coming Out Day

    5 October 2020

    It's National Coming Out Day again! Funny how these annual things work. 'NCOD' was started in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary to raise awareness and celebrate coming out. So we'd like to add to the awareness. For the majority of the LGBT+ community 'coming ......Read More

  • THE DYNAMIC DUO - AN UPDATE

    THE DYNAMIC DUO - AN UPDATE

    30 September 2020

    Back in 2018, we left a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of a blog entitled The Dynamic Duo of Diamine, hinting that there was more to come from them in terms of unusual ink. So we thought October - traditionally associated with ink, ......Read More

  • Using Ink in Your Journals

    Using Ink in Your Journals

    30 September 2020

    During October, social media is full of gorgeous posts using ink to create beautiful works of art. This idea originally started with Jake Parker who shares a list of prompts for #Inktober each year. However, lots of artists also share alternative prompt lists, to encourage ......Read More

  • Caran d'Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen

    Caran d'Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen

    17 September 2020

    What makes a design classic? Timelessness? Universal appeal? Reliable practicality? Who knows? And does it really matter anyway? But whatever your thoughts on whether something qualifies as a design classic, the 849 ballpoint pen from Caran d'Ache is certainly a worthy candidate. Because it is ......Read More

  • New Newness

    New Newness

    7 September 2020

    Shiny stuff sometimes slips by. If you’d been looking at the right time, you’d have noticed its glistening newness, but you might have looked away. So we’re giving them another chance to slide by here, so you have another chance to spot the shinies. Or, ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Creative

    Cult Pens Creative

    7 September 2020

    For most of this year we've been sharing our customers' creations with you all on our social media pages, to show the range of fantastic work our lovely customers produce! In case you've missed any of it we thought we'd do a little round up ......Read More

  • Brush Lettering with Helen Colebrook

    Brush Lettering with Helen Colebrook

    11 August 2020

    Brush lettering is a great way to add a creative touch to your journal pages. With such a lovely selection of brush pens to choose from you are bound to find something that suits your own personal style. I use brush lettering to add quotes ......Read More

  • Paul Antonio - Calligrapher Extraordinaire

    Paul Antonio - Calligrapher Extraordinaire

    7 August 2020

    Paul Antonio is a calligrapher extraordinaire. He trained as a Scribe and Heraldic Artist (what wonderful job titles!) and went on to study Archaeological Illustration. He takes great pleasure in introducing others to the creative, relaxing art of calligraphy and recently collaborated with Rhodia on ......Read More

  • Manuscript and Charlie - 3 Years On!

    Manuscript and Charlie - 3 Years On!

    7 August 2020

    World Calligraphy Day will soon be upon us. And as its inventor, if you will, is none other than Charlie, the Managing Director of the Manuscript Pen Company, we thought we'd ask him for an update on what's been going on since we invited him ......Read More

  • Learn Calligraphy with Joyce Lee (aka Artsynibs)

    Learn Calligraphy with Joyce Lee (aka Artsynibs)

    6 August 2020

    We at Cult Pens have had the pleasure of not only meeting Artsynibs Joyce Lee in person, but also working with her on a number of projects. As many people have used the few months' lockdown to take up new hobbies, and as World Calligraphy ......Read More

  • Interview with Niamh - a.k.a. Kiwi_Ink

    Interview with Niamh - a.k.a. Kiwi_Ink

    23 July 2020

    Niamh Evans is the talent behind our Round the World Summer Sale artwork, so we thought we'd sit down with her and find out what makes her tick… Tell us a bit more about yourself I'm currently in the summer before my third year of my degree ......Read More

  • Back to School with STABILO

    Back to School with STABILO

    16 July 2020

    Back to school won't be quite the same this year, will it? It sort of felt like school didn't really end as it usually does (you know - class picnics, kids' attention spans getting ever shorter, teachers looking a little haggard…) It just sort of ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Sailor

    Meet the Brand: Sailor

    3 July 2020

    One of the best-known brands in Japan, especially for their fountain pens, Sailor is far less well-known in the West, but their status here is growing, and they’re already well-loved among fountain pen geeks.. All Sailor pens are made in their own factory in Hiroshima, ......Read More

  • Catching up with Brad Dowdy - the Pen Addict

    Catching up with Brad Dowdy - the Pen Addict

    3 July 2020

    Brad Dowdy is known as the Pen Addict, host, along with Myke Hurley, of the Pen Addict podcast, and (with the support of a number of guest posters) the Pen Addict blog. Since we’re visiting the US in a virtual way, as part of our ......Read More

  • Seven Interesting Mechanical Pencils

    Seven Interesting Mechanical Pencils

    2 July 2020

    There’s an incredible variety of mechanical pencils, with ones made for all sorts of different uses. Some for quick scribbles, some for writing, some for drawing. That makes it pretty much impossible to make a list of ‘the best’, because ‘the best’ depends on ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Creative - Our Customers’ Creativity

    Cult Pens Creative - Our Customers’ Creativity

    15 June 2020

    We asked people to share their creative work using things they’ve bought from us using the hashtag CultPensCreative, and we hoped a few people would. We got a much bigger response than we’d expected! Thank you all for sharing! We’ll be sharing a few of these ......Read More

  • How to Clean a Fountain Pen

    How to Clean a Fountain Pen

    14 June 2020

    We sell a lot of fountain pens, so people quite often ask us about cleaning them. So we thought it would be a good idea to make a simple blog post to answer the question, so we can point people to it, and those who ......Read More

  • Derwent - Doing It Right

    Derwent - Doing It Right

    1 June 2020

    Shopping can be a hazardous sport sometimes, particularly if you're doing it online. It's not just as in 'Will I receive what I actually ordered or will it be a pale imitation?' but also: 'What's it made of?' 'Will I inadvertently contribute to the demise ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand - Cleo Skribent

    Meet the Brand - Cleo Skribent

    21 May 2020

    You'd be forgiven for not being overly familiar with the German company Cleo Skribent. Unless we were to mention the Messograf, that is, the original tool pen. Then - at least for some of you - there might be a lightbulb moment. But the thing ......Read More

  • A Big Birthday Thank You

    A Big Birthday Thank You

    14 May 2020

    When you have a birthday, it's a good idea to say 'thank you' - for cards, presents, cake, phone calls, texts and messages. And that's exactly what we'd like to do. We really are extremely proud of our 5 star rating with Trustpilot, but we ......Read More

  • 15 Things You Don’t Know About Cult Pens

    15 Things You Don’t Know About Cult Pens

    14 May 2020

    Five You Might Have Known Cult Pens started from a stationery shop in Dartmouth. People coming into the shop were excited to find some of the unusual pens they found once before and loved, but couldn’t get in the big shops. We’ve grown a bit over ......Read More

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