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  • Scarborough & the Medieval Murderers

    Scarborough & the Medieval Murderers

    19 April 2013

    This week has been a busy one. Over the weekend I had to drive 400 miles to Scarborough for their literary festival. Medieval Murderers - that is, my friends Susanna Gregory and Karen Maitland - and I were the very last gig of the festival ......Read More

  • The Diary of a Writer

    The Diary of a Writer

    15 April 2013

    It was many years ago that I first began to appreciate better quality writing tools - long before I became a full-time novelist, in fact. However, I still have a delight in using real pens and pencils, smooth paper and a variety of inks. Six years ......Read More

  • National Stationery Week

    National Stationery Week

    10 April 2013

    Did you know that April is host to National Stationery Week here in the UK? National Stationery Week or NSW for short, aims to get people not just talk about writing, but encourage more and more of us to put pen to paper more often. ......Read More

  • Diamine Ink: History & Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue

    Diamine Ink: History & Cult Pens Deep Dark Blue

    10 April 2013

    When it comes to choosing a new ink for your fountain pen, the name that nearly always comes to mind, is Diamine. But what is the history of Diamine, when was it established and just how many ink colours have they developed? We took the ......Read More

  • Rob Smith: Artist of the Month - April 2013

    Rob Smith: Artist of the Month - April 2013

    30 March 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.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Easter Egg Hunt

    Cult Pens Easter Egg Hunt

    26 March 2013

    Easter is almost upon us and the restraint we've all shown by not breaking into our Easter eggs will soon be replaced with the sweet taste of chocolate and the remains of the once pristine wrapping lying on the floor. Or at least, that's how ......Read More

  • Trustpilot - 10,000 Customer Reviews

    Trustpilot - 10,000 Customer Reviews

    26 March 2013

    Thanks to you, we've just passed the 10,000th review mark on Trustpilot and we are over the moon with both the quantity and the quality of the feedback we get! Here it is, the review that took us to 10,000:FANTASTIC CHOICE AND REALLY QUICK TURNAROUND ......Read More

  • Writing in the cold!

    Writing in the cold!

    7 March 2013

    In case you missed it, February was very cold and wet here in the UK and so far the start of March has not been much of an improvement! Spring, however, is not far away and we should all start to thaw out pretty soon, ......Read More

  • Johanna Basford: Artist of the Month - March 2013

    Johanna Basford: Artist of the Month - March 2013

    28 February 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.Until now, only subscribers to the newsletter got to enjoy these unique banners, but ......Read More

  • The Pen Type-A

    The Pen Type-A

    28 February 2013

    The Hi-Tec-COur story starts with a relatively little-known, but much-loved, pen from Pilot. Here in the UK, we know it as the G-Tec-C4, while in some parts of the world, it's found in the form of the Hi-Tec-C. In Japan, there are many tip sizes ......Read More

  • Getting Started with a Fountain Pen

    Getting Started with a Fountain Pen

    20 February 2013

    This article is aimed at anyone who has just got their first fountain pen and could use a little advice on getting started. If you don't have one yet, why not browse through our huge range fountain pens? Cartridge or Converter? Some pens come with a ......Read More

  • Pens & Pencils Trivia

    Pens & Pencils Trivia

    13 February 2013

    When we think about it, most of us will have a favourite type of pen or pencil that we always go back to or can't write without. But how much do we actually know about the writing instruments we use or how they originated? With ......Read More

  • Visconti: Passion - Art - Technology

    Visconti: Passion - Art - Technology

    5 February 2013

    Florence 1987: Fine writing instruments from Parker, Mont Blanc and the rest are boring, bland and lacking innovation. Dante del Vecchio, a student of political science and a pen enthusiast, frustrated by not being able to buy a pen that suited his taste, decided to ......Read More

  • Pilot V5/V7 Cartridge System Experiments

    Pilot V5/V7 Cartridge System Experiments

    30 January 2013

    Update 3: See the bottom of the post for our conclusion on using these pens with Platinum's permanent Carbon Black ink.Here at Cult Pens, we're a bunch of pen geeks, but you probably guessed that. We'd be in the wrong job if we weren't. When ......Read More

  • Introducing Pilot's V5 & V7 Cartridge System

    Introducing Pilot's V5 & V7 Cartridge System

    28 January 2013

    As you know, we are big fans of Pilot's V5/V7 original needle point rollerball, so you can imagine our excitement when the new Cartridge System offering arrived in our offices the other day. More on this in a moment but first a very brief overview ......Read More

  • Pilot Iroshizuku Ink

    Pilot Iroshizuku Ink

    28 September 2012

    Pilot's luxury fountain pen inks, inspired by Japanese nature. ......Read More

  • Watches, Cars, Pens

    Watches, Cars, Pens

    10 August 2012

    I've always been a bit of a fountain pen lover — although admittedly I’m not quite as lost to the bug as my friend Scott, who must now be up to a dozen fountain pens of various makes, shapes and sizes.Ever since I came second ......Read More

  • My dear old Sheaffer pen

    My dear old Sheaffer pen

    25 June 2012

    I was extremely fortunate to attend a primary school at which biros were not permitted. All the pupils had to have fountain pens, and some of the ancient desks were even equipped with those little holes in which the ink bottles would sit. There was ......Read More

  • Make your mark at Cult Pens with Uni POSCA

    Make your mark at Cult Pens with Uni POSCA

    25 May 2012

    **Competition has now closed - thank you for all your entries**Announcing a fantastic opportunity to create a mural at Cult Pens HQ using Uni POSCA Markers. We've recently expanded our premises at Cult Pens and now have a rather dull stairwell connecting our customer service ......Read More

  • Graf von Faber-Castell  the Perfect Pencil at last

    Graf von Faber-Castell the Perfect Pencil at last

    10 May 2012

    I cannot count how many pens and pencils I’ve used in my life.At school, the pencils were those grotty stubs which invariably had to be sharpened with a pen-knife, because a sharpener would tease out every grain in the cheap wood. Early on I decided ......Read More

  • Staedtler iPod Touch Prize Draw Winner

    Staedtler iPod Touch Prize Draw Winner

    21 December 2011

     **Prize draw now closed - thank you for all your orders**All orders placed between 3 November and 20 December 2011 that included any Staedtler product were eligible for entry into a prize draw for an Apple iPod Touch. The winner is Emily from Oxfordshire, ......Read More

  • Pilot FriXion - The Amazing Erasable Pen

    Pilot FriXion - The Amazing Erasable Pen

    9 December 2011

    This week sees the launch of the latest addition to the Pilot FriXion pen range. If you haven’t yet come across the FriXion then you’re missing out on one of the most significant pen developments in recent years.FriXion rather brilliantly solves the problem of erasable ......Read More

  • Making life easier, one pencil at a time

    Making life easier, one pencil at a time

    10 October 2011

    A paintbrush is just a paintbrush, right? Cult Pens management moved house last week and have been kept busy painting over a lot of unpleasant wall colour choices. We picked up some paint and brushes from our local builders merchant. The brushes seemed too cheap, ......Read More

  • A pen is just a pen, a sigh is just a sigh

    A pen is just a pen, a sigh is just a sigh

    16 September 2011

    But no! The fundamental things apply to pens as well. Everyone in editorial work needs to be able to mark up hard copy, and they need the right pen for the job. It’s unlikely to be a biro.Biros have three big defects: they are coarse, ......Read More

  • Staedtler Pencilmaker Set

    Staedtler Pencilmaker Set

    17 August 2011

    We recently covered the 250th anniversary celebrations of Faber-Castell, who have been making pencils in Nuremberg, Germany, since 1761. Nuremberg has played a major role in pencil manufacturing, including other famous names such as Schwan-Stabilo. However, the Nuremberg company laying claim to the longest tradition ......Read More

  • POSCA - Freedom To Create Tour

    POSCA - Freedom To Create Tour

    11 August 2011

    Uni POSCA Markers are on the road in the south-west from today with their Freedom To Create roadshow. A classic VW camper with POSCA branding will be visiting Cornwall and Devon to give people the opportunity to try out POSCA markers, with the chance to ......Read More

  • iPod and iPad 2 Giveaways

    iPod and iPad 2 Giveaways

    2 August 2011

     **Both giveaways have now closed - thank you for all your entries, you can see who won below**Our iPod nano giveaway in conjunction with Staedtler has just finished. The lucky winner is Ernest Carrott of Tottenham. Congratulations to him, and his iPod nano is winging ......Read More

  • Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary Celebrations

    Faber-Castell 250th Anniversary Celebrations

    15 July 2011

    "Doing ordinary things extraordinarily well" — Faber-Castell company motto. As we arrived at our hotel even the receptionist was excited — practically falling over herself in her eagerness to hand us the welcome pack from Faber-Castell. We’d just arrived in Nuremberg, Germany, as guests of Faber-Castell ......Read More

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