We had an excellent response to our recent Fountain Pen Survey, which is why it's taken this long to go through everything! (We're not complaining, by the way.) So let's get on with the first question: what is your favourite new fountain pen of 2021, ......Read More
What's your background?
My background is about as dull as it comes, I’m afraid! I’m solidly middle-class, grew up in Windsor, studied English at Oxford — but I was always super geeky, and in a digital way as soon as I could. I was the first ......Read More
Andrew Chorley is known to many on Instagram as @PenfriendsUK, where he showcases his love of fountain pens, and on YouTube where he reviews them. It's true to say he's a bit of an obsessive, which is fine by us! He kindly agreed to run ......Read More
Hello, my name is Louise and I'm an ink addict. Seriously, I love inks of all colours and all brands. I use a range from standard fountain pen inks for my everyday writing and note-taking to calligraphy and drawing inks which I use with dip ......Read More
A guest blog from our friends at Tree of Hearts
'Dear Auntie Mabel, thank you for coming to our wedding. It was very kind and we liked your present. Lots of love.' NO! No, no, no! That's a thank you, to be sure, but it's a ......Read More
Journaling has been proven to have really positive effects on our mental health. Your journal can be a safe place to let out all your emotions, plan for your future and take some quiet time to reflect. In this post I will be sharing some ......Read More
Cherie Jerrard - illustrator, fashion designer, dance instructor - is a very colourful (and very clever) person! She's designed our Penorama banner and has experimented with Rohrer & Klinger inks for us, as well as Kaweco's AL Special dip pen. We took the liberty of ......Read More
One day I decided to take time out from writing newsletters and blogs for Cult Pens and go for a walk. Actually, I didn't 'just decide'; it took a bit of planning and a bit of scheming, and undertaking such an endeavour had been in ......Read More
The Cult Pens Japanese Advent Calendar is an advent calendar with a difference. No chocolate. That's it.
No, seriously, it may not have festive-shaped combinations of fat, sugar and cocoa beans in it, but it does contain a collection of (mostly small, but not in all ......Read More
To paper aficionados, Rhodia is a familiar name. But for many people, when you've seen one notepad, you've seen 'em all. But that is not so. This blog is for you.
When you write on paper, be it with a pencil, a ballpoint, a rollerball or ......Read More
Flexibility in a notebook is often at the expense of durability. You can fold the pages back with no problem, but then find they fall out, or the cover has been bent so often it disintegrates after a time. Or it's the other way round: ......Read More
Art is something you can either do - or you can't. Right? Wrong.
According to Alison Powell, anyway. And she should know, because talented artist and member of the UK Coloured Pencil Society that she is, she firmly believes that given the right instruction, a bit ......Read More
Back in the days of yore (not that long ago actually), at least in the UK, children who were naturally left-handed were often forced to write with their right. This led to all sorts of problems: untidy, painfully-executed handwriting being the least of them, as ......Read More
There are notebooks. And there are notebooks. Some are the type you use to scribble down your shopping list, or shove in your bag in case you have a brilliant idea in the middle of B&Q. But others transcend those lowly functions. They're too nice ......Read More
So, we finally did a pen show. After over 16 years of being Cult Pens, we had a stand at the London Pen Show on Sunday. How did it go? Did we meet lots of interesting people? Did people at the show know who we ......Read More
Pens and writing go together. In the days before gadgets, writers wrote with pens. Some, such as Daniel Defoe and Charles Dickens, made use of shorthand while others wrote longhand, but however they did it, it was with a writing instrument of some kind. We ......Read More
We've had Monteverde in the Cult Pens gang for some time now. We started with their astonishing range of refills, which caters for most of the major pen brands out there, including those whose pens take non-standard refills such as the likes of LAMY and ......Read More
If you haven’t made much use of mechanical pencils, you could be missing out on a useful little tool. They’re quick and easy to use, reliable, always sharp, and a snapped point just means a couple of clicks to get going again, not having to ......Read More
Pelikan is a well-known brand around most of the world, but what you know them for may vary. To many in the UK, they're best known for their luxury Souverän fountain pens - luxurious, yes, but also reliable workhorse fountain pens for daily use. Across ......Read More
A pen is a pen is a pen. Well yes, most of the time. As long as it contains ink and some means of getting that ink onto paper, it's fit for purpose. It's classified as a pen. Some are pretty, some are not, and ......Read More
Keeping a journal is a deeply personal experience that enables to you let out your thoughts, feelings, worries and hopes. It’s a safe place to express yourself, and your journal is a wonderful expression of who you really are.
The Benefits of Keeping a Journal
There are ......Read More
A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… oh wait, no that’s the wrong story, sorry. 10 long years ago, in a small mid-Devon town, far, far in the South West of England, resides an online stationery store and it’s here where ......Read More
Since it’s our birthday, we asked everyone for their top products, favourite memories, and top tips. Not everyone had time to write up their thoughts - some were too busy getting your orders out - but a few of us did, and here we are…
Favourite ......Read More
It takes 400 years for most plastic to degrade. So if it had existed in Shakespeare's time, the Bard could have swigged his ale from a plastic bottle, chucked the empty in the Avon, and it would only recently have disappeared. Makes you think, doesn't ......Read More
Faber-Castell is one of the oldest and most familiar names in the world of stationery. And it's pencils that spring to mind. Good pencils; ones that are comfortable to hold, which are easy to sharpen without snapping the lead, and whose profile was changed from ......Read More
We wrote a blog some time back about the perfect pencil. Not just any perfect pencil, but THE Perfect Pencil, the range from Faber-Castell. It's here, if you want to take a look: 25 Years of Pencil Perfection | Cult Pens. That was over two ......Read More
Onoto's history began in London in 1905 in the guise of the De La Rue printing company which was based in the delightfully-named Bunhill Row. Before that time, De La Rue made fountain pens under other brand names. One of these was 'Pelican' which was ......Read More
4th March is World Book Day. Stories are all well and good, but pictures make them better. The images gracing the pages of a book play a vital role in storytelling and developing young imaginations.
Can anyone hear the words of Roald Dahl’s glorious The Twits ......Read More
We're launching a portrait competition! We've seen your efforts with #cultpenscreative so now it's your chance to really show us what you can do! It's open to all you amazing amateurs out there who fancy immortalising somebody or something - your mum, your granddad, ......Read More