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  • 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

  • Pilot Coleto

    Pilot Coleto

    27 January 2015

    This post appeared in January's issue of our Penorama newsletter. If you don’t already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here. You'll get more articles like this one, most of which don't appear anywhere else, and it's only sent once a month, so we won't over-fill ......Read More

  • Seymour Yang: Artist of the Month - January 2015

    Seymour Yang: Artist of the Month - January 2015

    13 January 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 Seymour Yang, known as Meerkatsu, who draws people and animals in a cartoon-like style, with influences ......Read More

  • Winter Sale - 10% Off Everything!

    Winter Sale - 10% Off Everything!

    13 January 2015

    The Cult Pens Winter Sale: 10% off everything!Yes, the offer is that simple. 10% off all products. Everything. Just add things to your basket, and 10% of the cost will be removed. Go for it.Small print:The first rule of small print is there is no ......Read More

  • Review of the Year 2014

    Review of the Year 2014

    12 January 2015

    It’s been a big year for us. Along with all the usual busyness of business, we’ve launched a completely new website, including a new back-end system to track where all our pens are; we’ve operated on our spaniel (well, we didn’t do it ourselves, we ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand - Kaweco

    Meet the Brand - Kaweco

    12 January 2015

    Nuremberg – a picturesque city in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. Thanks to its position on the important trade routes between Italy and Northern Europe, Nuremberg’s craftsmen had a good view of the developments happening all over Europe for hundreds of years. One of these ......Read More

  • A Tribute to Old Leica Cameras - The Fotografica-Pen

    A Tribute to Old Leica Cameras - The Fotografica-Pen

    18 December 2014

    A beautiful handmade German Limited Edition pen; a tribute to classic rangefinder cameras, especially Leicas. Made from the same materials used for these classic cameras, the Fotografica-Pen is also made with amazing attention to detail. There's even an actual Stanhope 'optical bijou' lens from the ......Read More

  • Tom Joyce: Artist of the Month - December 2014

    Tom Joyce: Artist of the Month - December 2014

    29 November 2014

    Here's the design Tom drew for us (he admitted getting a little carried away):Then he cropped it down and added in some colour:And finally, we added our usual bits and bobs to produce the final result:Cult Pens: Tell us a bit more about yourself. Tom: ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand - Diamine

    Meet the Brand - Diamine

    27 November 2014

     Diamine is Cult Pens’ favourite ink brand, and we’ve had the privilege of working with the company for many years. After all, it was thanks to their expertise that Cult Pens’ own range of six Deep Dark Inks exist! It’s family-owned and offers a fabulous array of ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Christmas Ad - Cult Pen(guin)s

    Cult Pens Christmas Ad - Cult Pen(guin)s

    24 November 2014

    John Lewis made an ad, and everyone seems to love it. It contains penguins, and penguins are awesome. We have a spaniel, though, and spaniels are awesome too. Well, that's what Herbie keeps telling us. So we decided to make our own Christmas ad. ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Award for Highly Commended Drawing

    Cult Pens Award for Highly Commended Drawing

    3 November 2014

    The Society of Graphic Fine Art, founded in 1919, is the only national society in the UK entirely dedicated to drawing. Cult Pens is proud to have sponsored an award at DRAW 14, the society's 93rd annual open exhibition. Prizes were presented by broadcaster and ......Read More

  • Wendy Stephens: Artist of the Month - November 2014

    Wendy Stephens: Artist of the Month - November 2014

    29 October 2014

    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 Wendy Stephens, also known as Dark Iris, a graphic designer specialising in nature, birds and womenThis ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: OHTO

    Meet the Brand: OHTO

    27 October 2014

    Ohto have long been a successful pen maker in Japan, and are very well known there, but not so well known here in the UK. Along with their own range of pens that's very successful in Japan, they make refills and parts for many other ......Read More

  • The STABILO Woody 3 in 1

    The STABILO Woody 3 in 1

    16 October 2014

    In this guest post, Stabilo tell us about how flexible their Woody 3 in 1 pencil/crayon is. They may be a little biased, but we know plenty of kids, artists and professinal users who would back them up!The STABILO Woody 3 in 1 is the ......Read More

  • Manuscript - Creating Calligraphy

    Manuscript - Creating Calligraphy

    3 October 2014

    Manuscript are a company based in Shropshire, here in the UK, who specialise in designing and producing fountain pens and dip pens for calligraphy. The company is owned and operated by the Stockbridge family who have five generations of experience making and distributing nibs in ......Read More

  • Stina Jones: Artist of the Month - October 2014

    Stina Jones: Artist of the Month - October 2014

    30 September 2014

    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 Stina Jones, a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Manchester.This is the banner Stina designed ......Read More

  • Ade Turner: Artist of the Month - September 2014

    Ade Turner: Artist of the Month - September 2014

    8 September 2014

    Cult Pens: Tell us a bit more about yourself.Ade: I've drawn and painted most of my life, but apart from a few years when I worked as a graphic designer I've mostly only made art for pleasure. In the last few years I've started to ......Read More

  • Platinum Pen Co

    Platinum Pen Co

    21 August 2014

    Platinum is one of our favourite pen brands - thanks to brilliant products such as the Preppy and #3776 fountain pens, and the waterproof Carbon ink.  Based in Tokyo, Japan, Platinum is not well-known in the West, but has been a pioneering writing instrument company ......Read More

  • Caroline Harris: Artist of the Month - August 2014

    Caroline Harris: Artist of the Month - August 2014

    29 July 2014

    After last month's interlude, due to our award-winning excitement, we're back on track with our featured artist series. Most months, 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 ......Read More

  • nuuna - notably nicer

    nuuna - notably nicer

    28 July 2014

    With a huge array of designs printed on an interesting selection of cover materials, and its premium paper, the nuuna notebook range, manufactured in Germany by Brandbook, is quickly establishing itself as an indispensable icon for creative professionals and stationery lovers.There are plenty of good ......Read More

  • Uni-ball PowerTank

    Uni-ball PowerTank

    11 July 2014

    Pens with pressurised refills are often called 'space pens', but that makes them sound like impractical novelties, of no real use to most of us. Actually, they make great pens for those who need to take notes when out and about, as they can write ......Read More

  • mt tape

    mt tape

    3 July 2014

    What is mt tape?A cult decorative masking tape, made of Japanese 'washi' paper, with an acrylic-based low-tack adhesive, available in various widths and hundreds of designs. Washi paper is very thin and flexible, while remaining quite strong, which means a small amount of adhesive can ......Read More

  • ...and the winner is...Cult Pens!

    ...and the winner is...Cult Pens!

    30 June 2014

    Yes folks, your favourite pen retailer was not only nominated for a national award, but went on to win it! We were shortlisted in May for the Customer Award of the Internet Retailing Awards. The judging panel was comprised of internet retailing professionals from Google, ......Read More

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