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  • 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

  • Jessica Palmer

    Jessica Palmer

    12 April 2016

    Jessica Palmer produces the sort of art that - if you're a talentless twit such as myself - makes you really wish you could draw. So it's a good job that colouring books for adults is an avenue into which she's ventured, because at least ......Read More

  • Derwent Art Prize 2016

    Derwent Art Prize 2016

    12 April 2016

    The 2016 Derwent Art Prize is currently open for entries, but not for very much longer - the closing date is the 1st of June. There's £12,500 in prizes up for grabs, with £6000 going to the first prize winner. Eighty of the works submitted ......Read More

  • Staedtler Breaks the World Record

    Staedtler Breaks the World Record

    2 February 2016

    It's been almost 15 years since 'Record Breakers' last aired, even longer since the late great Roy Castle and the McWhirter brothers were its hosts, and longer still (60 years!) since the first publication of the Guinness Book of World Records. But records are still ......Read More

  • Win a BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag with Cross

    Win a BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag with Cross

    28 January 2016

    Buy any Cross products from us for the chance to win a BAFTA nominee gift bag - the same set of luxury gifts given out to the stars attending the BAFTA Awards, including a Cross Apogee Medalist fountain pen. Competition closes 19th February 2016. Entry form ......Read More

  • Review of the Year 2015

    Review of the Year 2015

    7 January 2016

    Well, where on earth did that year go? After a full-on 2014 completely rebuilding our website and computer systems we were planning on a calm, quiet 2015. In the event it was relatively calm, but definitely not quiet. During 2015 we added lots of new brands ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Sponsors Architecture Prize

    Cult Pens Sponsors Architecture Prize

    15 December 2015

    When Dr Manuel Cresciani approached Cult Pens and asked if we'd sponsor a prize for his first year architecture students, we said we'd be delighted. Our boss has a bit of a yen for this sort of stuff - as you can tell from his ......Read More

  • Platinum #3776

    Platinum #3776

    13 November 2015

    The #3776 from Platinum is a longstanding classic among fountain pens, though still not as well known as it should be outside its native Japan. With its traditional and simple styling, comfortable shape to hold, and legendary nib quality, the #3776 has long been a ......Read More

  • Fountain Pen Day and Why to Use a Fountain Pen

    Fountain Pen Day and Why to Use a Fountain Pen

    3 November 2015

    Fountain pen day is on 6th November, and those who love fountain pens will be happy to hear we have some offers coming up that they may be interested in. The interesting question for those who don’t love fountain pens, though, is probably why those other ......Read More

  • Technical Drawing

    Technical Drawing

    9 September 2015

    Cornwall 1979. Blondie, Elvis Costello, The Police, Ian Dury and The Blockheads and Abba are on Top Of The Pops; Not The Nine O'Clock News is on the telly; the internet doesn't exist yet but we have Ceefax, which was nearly as exciting; and Cornwall ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Koh-i-Noor

    Meet the Brand: Koh-i-Noor

    8 September 2015

    Googling 'Koh-i-Noor' frequently results in either listings of Indian restaurants or references to the famous diamond that adorns the Queen's crown. But look a little further and you will see that Koh-i-Noor is also a rather good manufacturer of pencils, pens and general art supplies; ......Read More

  • Eye iPhone - Win an iPhone 6 with Uni-ball Eye!

    Eye iPhone - Win an iPhone 6 with Uni-ball Eye!

    2 September 2015

    An eye for an eye? How about an Eye for an iPhone? A 16GB one? Much better deal eye think. Those lovely people at Uni-ball have trusted us - Cult Pens - with an iPhone 6. We did our best to hide it and pretend we'd ......Read More

  • Will McCarthy: Artist of the Month - August 2015

    Will McCarthy: Artist of the Month - August 2015

    12 August 2015

    We sometimes ask an artist to design a banner for our newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here. This month's artist is Will McCarthy, who is currently studying Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford University, and mainly draws and paints ......Read More

  • Kum Memory Point Brushes

    Kum Memory Point Brushes

    12 August 2015

    KUM’s Memory Point brushes solve, or at least help with, three of the biggest problems artists face with existing brushes. If you use paint brushes, and have any of these problems, you’ll want to try them: Most brushes lose their shape easily, and don’t spring back ......Read More

  • Zentangle

    Zentangle

    12 August 2015

    Zentangle is, essentially, a way of doodling with some added structure. Yes, you could just doodle from scratch, deciding what to draw as you go, but that involves more thinking, and this is supposed to be relaxing. Zentangle is about relaxing and going with the ......Read More

  • Uni Chalk Markers

    Uni Chalk Markers

    7 July 2015

    To give you an idea of just how versatile Uni-ball's Chalk Markers are, we asked a friendly sign writer - Zoe Rowley - to experiment with them and give us her opinion. Here's what she had to say:'They're great pens - given that they are wet ......Read More

  • Quiver

    Quiver

    7 July 2015

    Quivers are traditionally used to carry arrows. But not in this case. These days there's not much call for arrow-holders outside of archery clubs, but there is certainly a call for somewhere stylish to store a pen or two. Not slung over your back in ......Read More

  • Adult Colouring

    Adult Colouring

    7 July 2015

    Sounds a bit silly, really, doesn't it?  Adult colouring?  Hmmm. Perhaps a pastime for people with not an awful lot to do? But then again, perhaps not. Perhaps it's the perfect antidote to the stress we adults insist on subjecting ourselves to every day. After ......Read More

  • Zero - Desk Pens

    Zero - Desk Pens

    8 June 2015

    Zero. Zero gravity? Zero friction? Zero weight? All of these terms could be used to describe the amazing desk pens that this Japanese company produces. But the real reason they're named Zero (Zero Seiko Co Ltd, to give them their full name) is because they ......Read More

  • Celebrating 10 Years of Cult pens

    Celebrating 10 Years of Cult pens

    13 May 2015

    In May 2015, Cult Pens celebrates 10 years of our unique vision of selling pens on the interweb. We'll be taking the afternoon off on Friday May 22nd to go out and celebrate as a team - so no orders shipped, phones answered or emails ......Read More

  • Tomoe River Paper

    Tomoe River Paper

    12 May 2015

    Tomoe River paper has been long-awaited. Many people in the UK have already used it, by ordering it in from other countries, with the delays and import duties that can involve. It’s famous around the world among those a little obsessed with this sort of ......Read More

  • Brass

    Brass

    10 May 2015

    Brass in PensA lot of pens use brass in their construction, though it tends to be hidden inside, with layers of lacquer or other metals over the top. It’s dense, so a small amount of brass can be used to adjust the balance point of ......Read More

  • Win National Garden Centre vouchers with Cross Botanica

    Win National Garden Centre vouchers with Cross Botanica

    17 April 2015

    Win National Garden Centre vouchers with Cross BotanicaSpring has sprung, and what better way to celebrate than with a trip to a Garden Centre? Even better, what if you had £100 to spend there? £100 that didn't have to come out of your bank account? ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: e+m

    Meet the Brand: e+m

    14 April 2015

    There's really only one word for e+m's products, and that word is 'gorgeous'. Yes, they make pens, and we at Cult Pens like pens, which is why we sell them, and I suppose we're biased, but the pens (and everything else) from e+m are just, ......Read More

  • National Stationery Week 2015

    National Stationery Week 2015

    31 March 2015

    National Stationery Week is a special week to get excited about stationery. But since you’re here, there’s a good chance you’re like us, and you don’t need a special week for that. Maybe it’s a good chance to share the excitement with more people - ......Read More

  • Johanna Basford - Colouring for Grown-Ups

    Johanna Basford - Colouring for Grown-Ups

    19 March 2015

    Hello! I’m Johanna Basford, ink evangelist, illustrator and creator of Secret Garden, a colouring book published by Laurence King that has now sold 1 million copies worldwide! This month I’m launching my new book, Enchanted Forest and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with the good ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Caran d'Ache's 100th Anniversary

    Meet the Brand: Caran d'Ache's 100th Anniversary

    10 March 2015

    Learn more about Caran d’Ache, their history, and their anniversary celebrations; then enter our competition to win some special anniversary goodies!Caran d’AcheTo many of us, a good set of coloured pencils means a nice set in a tin, with a picture of Swiss Alpine scenery ......Read More

  • Win a Manuscript Trio

    Win a Manuscript Trio

    4 February 2015

    The Manuscript Trio is an unusually stylish and practical calligraphy pen. The white barrel has an intricate pattern, while the italic nib is smooth and reliable.You could win one when you order any Manuscript item from us, between now and the end of February. Any ......Read More

  • Laura Barnard: Artist of the Month - February 2015

    Laura Barnard: Artist of the Month - February 2015

    3 February 2015

    Every month we ask a different artist to design a banner for our newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.This month's artist is Laura Barnard, who draws all sorts of different things, but specialises in huge and detailed cityscapes ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Calepino

    Meet the Brand: Calepino

    3 February 2015

    Calepino: from the French word 'calepin'. A pretty word, and so much easier on the ear than 'notebook', which is the English equivalent. And the products are as easy on the eye as the brand name is on the ear, for Calepino's offerings are just ......Read More

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