• 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

  • Caran d'Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen

    Caran d'Ache 849 Ballpoint Pen

    17 September 2020

    What makes a design classic? Timelessness? Universal appeal? Reliable practicality? Who knows? And does it really matter anyway? But whatever your thoughts on whether something qualifies as a design classic, the 849 ballpoint pen from Caran d'Ache is certainly a worthy candidate. Because it is ......Read More

  • New Newness

    New Newness

    7 September 2020

    Shiny stuff sometimes slips by. If you’d been looking at the right time, you’d have noticed its glistening newness, but you might have looked away. So we’re giving them another chance to slide by here, so you have another chance to spot the shinies. Or, ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Creative

    Cult Pens Creative

    7 September 2020

    For most of this year we've been sharing our customers' creations with you all on our social media pages, to show the range of fantastic work our lovely customers produce! In case you've missed any of it we thought we'd do a little round up ......Read More

  • Brush Lettering with Helen Colebrook

    Brush Lettering with Helen Colebrook

    11 August 2020

    Brush lettering is a great way to add a creative touch to your journal pages. With such a lovely selection of brush pens to choose from you are bound to find something that suits your own personal style. I use brush lettering to add quotes ......Read More

  • Paul Antonio - Calligrapher Extraordinaire

    Paul Antonio - Calligrapher Extraordinaire

    7 August 2020

    Paul Antonio is a calligrapher extraordinaire. He trained as a Scribe and Heraldic Artist (what wonderful job titles!) and went on to study Archaeological Illustration. He takes great pleasure in introducing others to the creative, relaxing art of calligraphy and recently collaborated with Rhodia on ......Read More

  • Manuscript and Charlie - 3 Years On!

    Manuscript and Charlie - 3 Years On!

    7 August 2020

    World Calligraphy Day will soon be upon us. And as its inventor, if you will, is none other than Charlie, the Managing Director of the Manuscript Pen Company, we thought we'd ask him for an update on what's been going on since we invited him ......Read More

  • Learn Calligraphy with Joyce Lee (aka Artsynibs)

    Learn Calligraphy with Joyce Lee (aka Artsynibs)

    6 August 2020

    We at Cult Pens have had the pleasure of not only meeting Artsynibs Joyce Lee in person, but also working with her on a number of projects. As many people have used the few months' lockdown to take up new hobbies, and as World Calligraphy ......Read More

  • Interview with Niamh - a.k.a. Kiwi_Ink

    Interview with Niamh - a.k.a. Kiwi_Ink

    23 July 2020

    Niamh Evans is the talent behind our Round the World Summer Sale artwork, so we thought we'd sit down with her and find out what makes her tick… Tell us a bit more about yourself I'm currently in the summer before my third year of my degree ......Read More

  • Back to School with STABILO

    Back to School with STABILO

    16 July 2020

    Back to school won't be quite the same this year, will it? It sort of felt like school didn't really end as it usually does (you know - class picnics, kids' attention spans getting ever shorter, teachers looking a little haggard…) It just sort of ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Sailor

    Meet the Brand: Sailor

    3 July 2020

    One of the best-known brands in Japan, especially for their fountain pens, Sailor is far less well-known in the West, but their status here is growing, and they’re already well-loved among fountain pen geeks.. All Sailor pens are made in their own factory in Hiroshima, ......Read More

  • Catching up with Brad Dowdy - the Pen Addict

    Catching up with Brad Dowdy - the Pen Addict

    3 July 2020

    Brad Dowdy is known as the Pen Addict, host, along with Myke Hurley, of the Pen Addict podcast, and (with the support of a number of guest posters) the Pen Addict blog. Since we’re visiting the US in a virtual way, as part of our ......Read More

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