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  • Journaling with Purpose - World Calligraphy Day 2018

    Journaling with Purpose - World Calligraphy Day 2018

    15 August 2018

    Learning modern calligraphy and hand-lettering is something that first caught my interest a couple of years ago. I would often see beautiful images on Pinterest and think it was something completely unachievable for me, especially as I hadn’t practised any kind of handwriting since leaving ......Read More

  • Artsynibs - World Calligraphy Day 2018

    Artsynibs - World Calligraphy Day 2018

    14 August 2018

    The Beginning   Back in 2012, when the Olympics fever swept the streets of London, I set foot on British soil for the second time in my life. This time, on my own, for a 3-month long solo trip to Europe. What has this got to do ......Read More

  • Louise Chappell - World Calligraphy Day 2018

    Louise Chappell - World Calligraphy Day 2018

    13 August 2018

    World Calligraphy Day is back! 15th August marks the return of a day dedicated to calligraphy and the joy it brings. Started in 2017 by Manuscript, masters themselves of manufacturing tools for the calligraphy trade since 1956, it looks set to make another great impression ......Read More

  • Recycling

    Recycling

    1 August 2018

    It's a surprisingly complicated issue. Recycling things is good, obviously. For the environment. And that's important. But when you start to actually think about specifics, things can get tricky. A ballpoint pen made from recycled plastic is good. But if it gets thrown in landfill ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Helix Oxford

    Meet the Brand: Helix Oxford

    31 July 2018

    Before 1880 you didn't actually have to go to school, and now - over 130 years later - you do. And what's more, you have to stay there until you're 18. Quite a lot's changed over the years: slates aren't really practical any more (bit ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Moleskine

    Meet the Brand: Moleskine

    30 July 2018

    Who would have thought that a few bits of paper sandwiched between a couple of thicker bits of paper could become something of a cult item? Not all of them, obviously: your bargain-bucket reporter-style notebook where the sheets curl up after just a few lines ......Read More

  • POSCA Rock Painting

    POSCA Rock Painting

    27 July 2018

    Our very talented friend Helen Colebrook from Journal with Purpose let us know why she enjoys rock painting. Be sure to follow her on Instagram to see all her latest work @journalwithpurpose. Painting pebbles is something of an obsession for me. There feels so much less ......Read More

  • Colour with Claire

    Colour with Claire

    17 July 2018

    Claire - otherwise known as Colour with Claire - first got in touch with us back in 2015. I can't quite believe it's been that long, but even I - with my dismal maths - can work out that if you subtract 2015 from 2018 ......Read More

  • 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

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