• 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

  • Seven Interesting Mechanical Pencils

    Seven Interesting Mechanical Pencils

    2 July 2020

    There’s an incredible variety of mechanical pencils, with ones made for all sorts of different uses. Some for quick scribbles, some for writing, some for drawing. That makes it pretty much impossible to make a list of ‘the best’, because ‘the best’ depends on ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Creative - Our Customers’ Creativity

    Cult Pens Creative - Our Customers’ Creativity

    15 June 2020

    We asked people to share their creative work using things they’ve bought from us using the hashtag CultPensCreative, and we hoped a few people would. We got a much bigger response than we’d expected! Thank you all for sharing! We’ll be sharing a few of these ......Read More

  • How to Clean a Fountain Pen

    How to Clean a Fountain Pen

    14 June 2020

    We sell a lot of fountain pens, so people quite often ask us about cleaning them. So we thought it would be a good idea to make a simple blog post to answer the question, so we can point people to it, and those who ......Read More

  • Derwent - Doing It Right

    Derwent - Doing It Right

    1 June 2020

    Shopping can be a hazardous sport sometimes, particularly if you're doing it online. It's not just as in 'Will I receive what I actually ordered or will it be a pale imitation?' but also: 'What's it made of?' 'Will I inadvertently contribute to the demise ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand - Cleo Skribent

    Meet the Brand - Cleo Skribent

    21 May 2020

    You'd be forgiven for not being overly familiar with the German company Cleo Skribent. Unless we were to mention the Messograf, that is, the original tool pen. Then - at least for some of you - there might be a lightbulb moment. But the thing ......Read More

  • A Big Birthday Thank You

    A Big Birthday Thank You

    14 May 2020

    When you have a birthday, it's a good idea to say 'thank you' - for cards, presents, cake, phone calls, texts and messages. And that's exactly what we'd like to do. We really are extremely proud of our 5 star rating with Trustpilot, but we ......Read More

  • 15 Things You Don’t Know About Cult Pens

    15 Things You Don’t Know About Cult Pens

    14 May 2020

    Five You Might Have Known Cult Pens started from a stationery shop in Dartmouth. People coming into the shop were excited to find some of the unusual pens they found once before and loved, but couldn’t get in the big shops. We’ve grown a bit over ......Read More

  • Cult Pens 15th Birthday - Interview with Simon and Amanda

    Cult Pens 15th Birthday - Interview with Simon and Amanda

    11 May 2020

    A lot has changed in the 15 years Cult Pens has been going, so we thought it was a good time to look back. So it seemed like a good chance to ask the founders, Simon and Amanda, some questions about what 15 years of ......Read More

  • How to Start a Journal by Helen Colebrook

    How to Start a Journal by Helen Colebrook

    24 April 2020

    Who would have thought that some paper and a pen or two could lead to being a better organised, more efficient, more creative, happier you? Well, for many people, that's exactly what they've achieved. It's just taken a little time and thought, and some inexpensive ......Read More

  • Give Your Things a New Lease of Life with POSCA Pens!

    Give Your Things a New Lease of Life with POSCA Pens!

    22 April 2020

    POSCA should stand for Pretty Orsome Scribbling Collection for Art. We don't know what POSCA actually stands for (if indeed it does, which it probably doesn't), but this seems as good a phrase as any, especially when you realise how versatile they are! These markers ......Read More

  • Learn How to Colour with Claire

    Learn How to Colour with Claire

    20 April 2020

    Hi everyone! My name is Claire and for the last five years I have run Colour with Claire, a channel all about adult colouring. I create videos for anything and everything to do with the hobby including colouring book and art supply reviews, colouring tutorials, ......Read More

  • Derwent Paper and Paints Workshop

    Derwent Paper and Paints Workshop

    14 April 2020

    If you don't build your foundations right, your house will fall down. Or at least sag a bit. Nobody can see it when the house is built, and most people don't give it a second thought. But if it's not up to the job, then ......Read More

  • Starting Calligraphy

    Starting Calligraphy

    30 March 2020

    Now that some of you might be finding that you have more spare time on your hands than usual, you may have thought of calligraphy or hand-lettering as something to try or get back into if you’ve dabbled before. It’s a great option; all ......Read More

  • Touch Base with a Rhodia Touch

    Touch Base with a Rhodia Touch

    26 March 2020

    What makes a notebook stand out is its paper. Yes, the cover's sort of important, but it's what's sandwiched in between them that really cuts the mustard. And that's why Rhodia notebooks are so loved. The paper is, quite simply, superb. There's a Rhodia notebook ......Read More

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