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  • 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

  • Rhodia: Around the world in 80 years

    Rhodia: Around the world in 80 years

    16 June 2014

    In September of 1934, an iconic product was born in Rhône, France. This September, it celebrates its 80th birthday. Not a bad age for a simple stapled notepad, but Rhodia's classic head-stapled notepads are a bit special.The Name: People from the area by the Rhône River ......Read More

  • KUM

    KUM

    13 June 2014

    KUM, based in Erlangen, Germany, are the world's leading manufacturer of pencil sharpeners - since 1919.  KUM sharpeners are distinguished by the excellence of the blades, the build-quality of their products and the huge variety of sharpener styles. There's no such thing as too much ......Read More

  • Introducing the new Cult Pens website

    Introducing the new Cult Pens website

    5 June 2014

    It's been a busy time for us recently. We launched a completely new version of our site just a couple of weeks ago. If you haven't seen it yet, you should probably have a look around now. It's ok. We'll wait here for you. So, what ......Read More

  • Dick Chaplin: Artist of the Month - June 2014

    Dick Chaplin: Artist of the Month - June 2014

    3 June 2014

    Every month, we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter – Penorama. If you don’t already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.The artist of the month for June is Dick Chaplin, a retired police sergeant/potter ......Read More

  • New Site Celebration

    New Site Celebration

    2 June 2014

    As you may have noticed, after 9 years, we've overhauled the Cult Pens website. Don't worry though, all your favourites are still here, and our wishlist has grown rather a lot in the last few months, so keep an eye on the New Products section ......Read More

  • How I Finally Saw the Light

    How I Finally Saw the Light

    28 May 2014

    I’m not one for boasting – in fact, far from it – but I think it’s fair to say that I used to have beautiful handwriting. This was back in the days when, thanks to Miss Shillito and Miss Scrimgeour (two wonderfully old-fashioned school teachers), ......Read More

  • Phil Wilkinson: Artist of the Month - May 2014

    Phil Wilkinson: Artist of the Month - May 2014

    12 May 2014

    Every month, we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter – Penorama. If you don’t already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.The artist of the month for May is Phil Wilkinson, a print-maker from Birmingham.Here’s ......Read More

  • Chris Williams: Artist of the Month - April 2014

    Chris Williams: Artist of the Month - April 2014

    7 April 2014

    Every month, we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter – Penorama. If you don’t already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.The artist of the month for April is Chris Williams, a cartoonist from Liverpool.Here’s ......Read More

  • Pens for Kids 2013

    Pens for Kids 2013

    4 April 2014

    From where we sit, surrounded by pens, it doesn't seem right that for some children, being unable to afford a simple ballpoint pen can hold back their education. If you knew a child who was missing out at school for the lack of a pen, ......Read More

  • Stabilo & The Memory of Colour - Handy Tips

    Stabilo & The Memory of Colour - Handy Tips

    2 April 2014

    We covered the research behind how colour can enhance memory performance here.Now, we've got some ways you can put this into practice, in day-to-day life, or in more specific situations, such as exam or presentation preparation. The methods below are most effective when taking notes ......Read More

  • Stabilo & The Memory of Colour - The Theory

    Stabilo & The Memory of Colour - The Theory

    2 April 2014

    Our brains are amazing things, capable of countless thoughts and instructions. With so much information we have to take in during our day to day lives, we can improve our memory by organising our thoughts using various methods. This post provides a brief introduction to ......Read More

  • National Stationery Week 2014

    National Stationery Week 2014

    19 March 2014

    National Stationery Week is upon us, and it is worth getting excited about. Well, it is if you're at least a little bit obsessed with stationery - and you're reading our blog, so you probably are. Just a little bit. Sponsors of the event include ......Read More

  • Shaun Raven: Artist of the Month - March 2014

    Shaun Raven: Artist of the Month - March 2014

    11 March 2014

    Every month, we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter – Penorama. If you don’t already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here.The artist of the month for March is Shaun Raven, a cartoonist from Essex.This ......Read More

  • Learning to Write Part 4: Some Common Worries

    Learning to Write Part 4: Some Common Worries

    6 March 2014

    Writing is such an important skill to learn that it’s not uncommon for parents to worry about how their child is developing. Below we have listed some of the more common writing worries parents have.Pencil gripChildren may develop a strange pencil grip as they search ......Read More

  • Help is at hand thanks to the EASYoriginal

    Help is at hand thanks to the EASYoriginal

    3 March 2014

    I've led a tough life. Having freckles hasn't helped. Neither has my ginger hair (though I prefer to describe it as strawberry blond). My nose is pretty big, too.But what's made things really difficult over the years isn't obvious to other people. At least not ......Read More

  • iarXiv: Cult Pens Artist of the Month - February 2014

    iarXiv: Cult Pens Artist of the Month - February 2014

    5 February 2014

    Every month, we highlight the work of a different artist or illustrator through the title banner of our monthly newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here. The artist of the month for February is iarXiv, who blogs regularly, including daily ......Read More

  • Pentel Slicci

    Pentel Slicci

    3 February 2014

    The Pentel Slicci is a great pen, but seems to have remained under the radar for most people - even many pen geeks have never tried one.With a 0.7mm tip, it's a very nice capped gel roller - quick-drying, super-smooth, and with a tough needlepoint ......Read More

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