• Pelikan: The Origin Story

    Pelikan: The Origin Story

    1 June 2021

     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



    21 May 2021

    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

  • Using a Journal for Improved Mental Health

    Using a Journal for Improved Mental Health

    13 May 2021

    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

  • Louise's 10 Years at Cult Pens

    Louise's 10 Years at Cult Pens

    10 May 2021

    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

  • Staff Picks, Memories and Tips

    Staff Picks, Memories and Tips

    10 May 2021

    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… Michael Favourite ......Read More



    27 April 2021

    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 - Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness and the Future

    Faber-Castell - Sustainability, Eco-Friendliness and the Future

    12 April 2021

    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

  • Graf von Faber-Castell - 260 Years of Pencil Perfection

    Graf von Faber-Castell - 260 Years of Pencil Perfection

    12 April 2021

    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



    25 March 2021

    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

  • World Book Day – The Illustrator

    World Book Day – The Illustrator

    2 March 2021

    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

  • Cult Pens Portrait Competition

    Cult Pens Portrait Competition

    15 February 2021

    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

  • InCoWriMo


    8 February 2021

    February is InCoWriMo, otherwise known as International Correspondence Writing Month, which challenges you to hand-write (no new-fangled typing in this challenge) and post or deliver one letter, card, note or postcard every day during the month of February. And whilst writing to strangers is perfectly acceptable during ......Read More

  • Valentine’s Journaling with Helen Colebrook

    Valentine’s Journaling with Helen Colebrook

    8 February 2021

    I think that Valentine’s Day and the month of February is the perfect time to focus on a little self-love. January can be a tough month for many, leaving us feeling tired and perhaps a little gloomy. I’m going to guide you through some of my ......Read More



    7 February 2021

    The Parker 51 fountain pen was initially launched in 1941. Its design was finalised in 1939, Parker's 51st year of operating, from where its name is thought to have come, although  early advertising suggested that it was called the '51' to indicate that it was 10 ......Read More

  • Behind The Brand: Paul Sacki (Jakar Intl.)

    Behind The Brand: Paul Sacki (Jakar Intl.)

    25 January 2021

    Pre-2020, Cult Pens was occasionally treated to the whirlwind that is Paul Sacki. He'd arrive sometime during the morning in a taxi from the train station, laden with what looked like all his worldly possessions, and proceed to drag an enormous suitcase up the stairs ......Read More

  • Meet The Brand: TRAVELER'S COMPANY

    Meet The Brand: TRAVELER'S COMPANY

    19 January 2021

    Well, we're very excited! We've finally managed to get TRAVELER'S COMPANY stuff on-board and we're totally smitten with it. If you've not heard of them before, well, they do notebooks. But they do them really well, and they also do lots of other bits and ......Read More

  • Unchain Your Art

    Unchain Your Art

    12 January 2021

    The name's Pens - Cult Pens - and that's mostly what we sell. But we've decided to be a bit brave in this new world of 2021… and expand a little more into art. As this is a largely new area for us, we've had ......Read More

  • Cult Pens 2020 Review

    Cult Pens 2020 Review

    6 January 2021

    2020 doesn’t seem like a year that’s going to get good reviews, on the whole. It’s not going to have a good rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Of the cyberpunk dystopias released this year, 2020 will probably have worse ratings than 2077, and the main thing ......Read More

  • Stationery as self-care with Cult Pens

    Stationery as self-care with Cult Pens

    7 December 2020

    I learned a lot during the first lockdown and it’s helped me start Lockdown 2.0 in a much better place. Two things were key for me last spring: getting outdoors and having the freedom to be creative. As the weather has taken a turn for ......Read More

  • Meet The Artist: Jamie Stockley

    Meet The Artist: Jamie Stockley

    17 November 2020

    Your mental health can take a bashing when you least expect it. There you are, sailing along quite happily through life and then… wham! Something happens (and it can often seem quite minor) and suddenly it's life Jim, but not as you knew it. It doesn't ......Read More

  • Meet The Artist: Linda Fox

    Meet The Artist: Linda Fox

    12 November 2020

    Linda Fox grew up and became a GP. And then she gave that up and became an illustrator instead. What…? We were intrigued. How do you go from wrestling with warts and wens to wielding a paintbrush? Well, here's how… 'Since childhood I have loved painting ......Read More

  • The History of the Fountain Pen

    The History of the Fountain Pen

    2 November 2020

    We really have to start with the question of what is a fountain pen? It seems simple enough - we all know they're those pens with nibs, usually metal nibs. But if we go back to when the fountain pen was developed, that's not what ......Read More

  • The History and Heritage of Montblanc

    The History and Heritage of Montblanc

    29 October 2020

    Synonymous with excellence in craftsmanship and design, Montblanc has been pushing the boundaries of innovation ever since the Maison first revolutionised the art of writing in 1906. Inspired by the mechanical innovations he witnessed during his travels to America, German technician August Eberstein teamed up with ......Read More

  • Brad Dowdy's Ink List

    Brad Dowdy's Ink List

    13 October 2020

    I want to be honest with you upfront: I own a lot of fountain pen inks. You would think, at some point in the very near future, that my inky acquisition phase would slow down, but I don’t see that happening any time soon. I ......Read More

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    6 October 2020

    October, as well as being when we indulge in all things inky, is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's the most common cancer in women and - depending on detection time, your age, your history and sometimes just plain luck - it has varying rates ......Read More

  • One Year On...

    One Year On...

    6 October 2020

    I can’t believe that 15th October is the one year anniversary of my first book, Journal with Purpose, being published! What a year it’s been too. I’ve been absolutely overwhelmed by the support shown by the journaling and creative community who have been buying the ......Read More

  • Dyslexia Awareness Week

    Dyslexia Awareness Week

    6 October 2020

    When I first started primary school all those years ago, I was recognised as having a condition that my teachers loved to call 'word blindness', as though putting that label on me meant that the problem was solved and they could just carry on as ......Read More

  • National Coming Out Day

    National Coming Out Day

    5 October 2020

    It's National Coming Out Day again! Funny how these annual things work. 'NCOD' was started in 1988 by Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary to raise awareness and celebrate coming out. So we'd like to add to the awareness. For the majority of the LGBT+ community 'coming ......Read More



    30 September 2020

    Back in 2018, we left a bit of a cliffhanger at the end of a blog entitled The Dynamic Duo of Diamine, hinting that there was more to come from them in terms of unusual ink. So we thought October - traditionally associated with ink, ......Read More

  • Using Ink in Your Journals

    Using Ink in Your Journals

    30 September 2020

    During October, social media is full of gorgeous posts using ink to create beautiful works of art. This idea originally started with Jake Parker who shares a list of prompts for #Inktober each year. However, lots of artists also share alternative prompt lists, to encourage ......Read More

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