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  • Field Notes Tenth Anniversary

    Field Notes Tenth Anniversary

    2 February 2018

    Field Notes was a simple idea. Designer Aaron Draplin had developed a bit of a fascination with old farmer's notebooks. Companies that made seed, sold parts for tractors, or fertiliser, would make little books. Sometimes they were printed, with information about their products and how ......Read More

  • Manuscript and Charlie

    Manuscript and Charlie

    25 October 2017

    Manuscript - the word alone conjures up one of two things: either a thick pile of A4 sheets with double-spaced type representing a hopeful author's literary debut; or - if you're more of a romantic bent - a scroll-like piece of parchment covered with curly ......Read More

  • New LOCLEN Pens and Pencils

    New LOCLEN Pens and Pencils

    24 October 2017

    It's not all that long since we first introduced LOCLEN to you, but we're about to do it again. It does make some sense - they've seen a lot of changes, expanded their premises, and have launched a number of new products. Founder Carlo Vazzoler has ......Read More

  • Michael's Paper Republic Notebook Cover

    Michael's Paper Republic Notebook Cover

    9 May 2017

    I've been tempted by the idea of a 'Traveler's Notebook' for a long time. They always look beautiful, and it's a nice simple idea. I'd drifted away from using notebooks much in the last few years, which reduced the temptation a bit, and each version ......Read More

  • J Herbin Scented Inks

    J Herbin Scented Inks

    9 December 2016

    Your sense of smell is incredibly evocative, probably more so than any of the other four senses. Random scents can conjure up long-buried memories; they can make you smile with pleasure (newly-baked bread, fresh coffee), or wrinkle your nose in disgust. Some - like petrol, ......Read More

  • Derwent Inktense Creative Morning

    Derwent Inktense Creative Morning

    3 October 2016

    Cult Pens Get Inktensely Messy! We don't just sit around answering the phone or writing newsletters or wandering around the warehouse picking orders, you know. Oh no. Sometimes we spread the Tiverton Gazette over the meeting room table, dish out some Derwent and get arty (well ......Read More

  • Pentel's 70th Anniversary

    Pentel's 70th Anniversary

    3 October 2016

    What do Dolly Parton, Joanna Lumley and Steven Spielberg have in common? Well not a great deal, it must be said, apart from the fact that they are the same age - yes, 70! - as Pentel, one of the most recognisable pen brands in ......Read More

  • Old Favourites Return - the Jotter and Silvine Notebooks

    Old Favourites Return - the Jotter and Silvine Notebooks

    12 September 2016

    Two classic designs that will bring back memories for many of us - the Parker Jotter and the Silvine Notebook. The Jotter has been around since 1954, and while it wasn't the first ballpoint pen, it quickly became one of the most popular, with over 750 ......Read More

  • LOCLEN

    LOCLEN

    8 August 2016

    Think of Italy and the usual stuff comes to mind - sunbaked terracotta-tiled roofs… hillsides covered with vineyards and olive groves… certain red sports cars with a prancing horse logo… and of course, spaghetti. How about pens? No? Well, that's understandable, but we hope to ......Read More

  • ACME Studio

    ACME Studio

    3 August 2016

    "Beep, beep." For those of you old enough to remember, ACME featured heavily in Wile E Coyote's arsenal in his ongoing battle against the Road Runner, usually featuring some device that didn't work, or did work, but not in the way he wanted. Ironically, 'acme' ......Read More

  • Cross 21st Century

    Cross 21st Century

    2 June 2016

    Staggeringly, over 100 million (yes, million) Cross Classic Centuries have been sold in the last 70 years. Quite an achievement; they must be doing something right! To celebrate, and also to commemorate 170 years of Cross innovation, they have created the extremely special 21st Century ......Read More

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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