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  • 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

  • Alice Hole: Artist of the Month - January 2014

    Alice Hole: Artist of the Month - January 2014

    7 January 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 who kicks everything off for January is Alice Hole, an artist who ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Christmas Competition

    Cult Pens Christmas Competition

    25 November 2013

    The Graf von Faber-Castell collection has combined luxury products featuring jewellery-grade materials and details, with the simplicity and functionality that Faber-Castell have been known for over their long history. With over 250 years behind them, Faber-Castell show no signs of giving up on developing new ......Read More

  • Jen Dixon: Artist of the Month - December 2013

    Jen Dixon: Artist of the Month - December 2013

    25 November 2013

    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 December is Jen Dixon, an American Brit based ......Read More

  • Staedtler Premium

    Staedtler Premium

    25 November 2013

    The name Staedtler is already associated with quality writing and drawing tools. Almost all of us will have used a Staedtler pencil at some point, with their Noris and Tradition ranges being classics. They’re the black and red or black and yellow striped pencils you ......Read More

  • The Inkiest Diamine Competition

    The Inkiest Diamine Competition

    29 October 2013

    Deep Dark Blue was our first attempt at creating a new ink, with (a lot of!) help from Diamine. We hoped people would like it. They loved it, and our initial limited production run soon had to be extended, with the ink becoming a permanent ......Read More

  • Andrea Joseph: Artist of the Month - November 2013

    Andrea Joseph: Artist of the Month - November 2013

    29 October 2013

    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 November is Andrea Joseph, a 'professional doodler' who ......Read More

  • Win a Lamy scala Piano Black Special Edition Set

    Win a Lamy scala Piano Black Special Edition Set

    29 October 2013

    Produced in very limited quantities, the special edition Lamy scala Piano Black set comes in an elegant and stylish presentation box. The set contains a Piano Black scala fountain pen with 14 carat gold nib, a bottle of Lamy blue ink and a converter. These ......Read More

  • Platignum's New Range has Launched

    Platignum's New Range has Launched

    29 October 2013

    Platignum was one of the great British pen brands, but sadly disappeared many years ago. For many people who went to school around the 1960s, and grew up with Platignum pens, they remained a fond memory. They always specialised in the sort of sturdy pens ......Read More

  • Pilot Capless 2013 Jubilee Limited Edition

    Pilot Capless 2013 Jubilee Limited Edition

    10 October 2013

    It's official, the Pilot Capless 2013 Jubilee limited edition fountain pen will be available from November 2013!All Capless limited editions are special, but what makes the 2013 version even more so is that it's also the 50th anniversary of the Capless fountain pen in Japan!Made ......Read More

  • Forbidden Ink

    Forbidden Ink

    9 October 2013

    "Can I borrow a pen?" My mate held out his hand. "Any pen." ......Read More

  • Learning to Write Part 3: The Pencil Grip

    Learning to Write Part 3: The Pencil Grip

    1 October 2013

    The best writing hold is the tripod grip using the index finger, thumb and with support from the middle finger from behind, as recommended by the National Handwriting Association. To help children develop the tripod pencil grip :Using short, wide pencils, crayons or chalks encourage ......Read More

  • The Stylus Pen: Not just for geeks any more

    The Stylus Pen: Not just for geeks any more

    1 October 2013

    Stylus pens, meaning bone-fide writing instruments featuring a tip dedicated to controlling touch-enabled devices, have long been reserved to the geekier strata of the writing population. They are historically difficult to come by, often shoddily made, fitted with cheap ballpoint refills — and of limited ......Read More

  • Win a Pilot Capless Retractable Fountain Pen

    Win a Pilot Capless Retractable Fountain Pen

    30 September 2013

    A Cult Pens favourite, the Capless fountain pen by Pilot is the perfect combination of luxury and technology and we’re giving you the chance to win one! First, a brief history…Pilot's engineers created many new products to celebrate the 1964 Tokyo Olympic games, but the ......Read More

  • The Big Draw - Haunted House Drawing Competition

    The Big Draw - Haunted House Drawing Competition

    30 September 2013

    **Thanks to everyone that entered, we have now selected our top three drawings which you can see and vote for by scrolling to the end of this post. Competition is now closed!**Have you heard about The Big Draw? If not, the Big Draw was created ......Read More

  • Jack Knight: Artist of the Month - October 2013

    Jack Knight: Artist of the Month - October 2013

    30 September 2013

    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 October is Jack Knight, whose banner is inspired ......Read More

  • Pens and Pencils I Have Known

    Pens and Pencils I Have Known

    30 September 2013

    One of the biggest tragedies of my young life involved a wonderful red propelling pencil that I was given for my birthday. I think I must have been nine. I can still feel the tremendous thrill of handling it and writing with it. It had ......Read More

  • Learning to Write Part 2: Supporting Your Left-Handed Child

    Learning to Write Part 2: Supporting Your Left-Handed Child

    2 September 2013

    Children develop hand dominance at around 3 to 5 years (but sometimes later). Hand dominance simply means that one hand becomes more active in leading activities such as writing or using scissors. It can also be indicated by asking your child to pick up a ......Read More

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