• Blackstone Inks

    Blackstone Inks

    29 March 2019

    Blackstone inks began in quite a roundabout way, coming from a discussion on Fountain Pen Network, but we'll come back to that. It's an interesting story, but you may just want to know what they're doing now. Well, they're making inks in Australia, with colours based ......Read More

  • ProMarker & BrushMarker Workshop

    ProMarker & BrushMarker Workshop

    18 March 2019

    One of the best Christmas presents I used to get (when I was under the age of 10, that is, and leaving the Chocolate Orange out of the equation) was a massive pack of felt tip pens. Simple, cheap, perfect. I can't remember how many ......Read More

  • Polychromos 111th Anniversary

    Polychromos 111th Anniversary

    13 March 2019

    1908 was a very busy year. Ernest Shackleton set off from New Zealand for Antarctica in the January, and a few months later Robert Peary went in the other direction from New York, heading for the North Pole. The publication of Baden-Powell's 'Scouting for Boys' ......Read More

  • Spring Fling Planner Thing

    Spring Fling Planner Thing

    5 March 2019

    Just as there are more ways than one to skin a cat (if that's your thing), there are more ways to organise your life than just through journaling. And that's through planning. It's a little more structured than journaling but does the same job in ......Read More

  • In the Garden With Pilot Pintor Markers

    In the Garden With Pilot Pintor Markers

    1 March 2019

    Spring has sprung, the grass is riz. Or so that peculiar poem goes. Having just experienced a very spring-like warmest February ever, we're definitely looking forward to 'proper' springtime, and possibly the loveliest months of the year: March, April and May. And what do you ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: edding

    Meet the Brand: edding

    1 March 2019

    When you're looking for a marker that will do exactly what you want it to do, it's an edding that you'll need. It's a proper marker. It doesn't matter what you want to mark, or how (or even why), it'll perform just as you want ......Read More

  • Dip Pen Workshop

    Dip Pen Workshop

    14 February 2019

    We dipped our toes into the world of dip pens this week! And how strangely addictive they were too. Louise (aka Calligraphy Girl, or @inkcrafts) was our mentor and Helen @journalwithpurpose, Amanda, James, Amy and my good self, Anna, were her eager students. So why a ......Read More

  • Write A Letter!

    Write A Letter!

    5 February 2019

    Gone are the days of second post and coming home every day to a hallway filled with letters. And returning from a week in Lanzarote and having to give the front door a good hard shove because of all the paper stacked up behind it. ......Read More

  • Valentine's at Cult Pens

    Valentine's at Cult Pens

    4 February 2019

    Who was St Valentine? And why did he get to have the most romantic day in the year named after him? Was he particularly charismatic, or chivalrous, or was he just a plain good-looker? Well, we'll probably never know his personal attributes, but we do ......Read More

  • Multipens - All You Need in One Pen

    Multipens - All You Need in One Pen

    1 February 2019

    Multipens are great - they're often no bigger than a normal pen, but contain more than one pen! There are all sorts of different multipens, but if you usually write in black ink but sometimes need red, and occasionally need a pencil, a multipen can ......Read More

  • Pilot FriXion Fineliners – a Review

    Pilot FriXion Fineliners – a Review

    23 January 2019

    The Fineliner is the latest in Pilot’s superb FriXion range and we think it’s pretty much perfect for journaling, but what do we know? We thought we’d ask our good friend Helen of @journalwithpurpose to take a look at them, and then we grilled her ......Read More

  • Setting Yourself Up for a Great New Year

    Setting Yourself Up for a Great New Year

    9 January 2019

    In this guest post, Helen of Journal with Purpose gives us some great guidelines on how to achieve our goals for the coming year, with the aid of journaling. You can’t help but associate January 1st with New Year Resolutions. There is a whole new year ......Read More

  • Diaries and Planners

    Diaries and Planners

    9 January 2019

    New Year, new you, so they say. Lose weight, get fit, get organised. Land that better job, plan that trip to Peru (other destinations are available) and make 2019 your best year yet! Great! Lots of fantastic resolutions! Yay! Now all you've got to do is ......Read More

  • Review of the Year 2018

    Review of the Year 2018

    8 January 2019

    January In the world of online retail, there's a fair element of just recovering from Christmas when January arrives. It's the same this year. We're tired. Maybe we'll wait until Herbie goes out for a bit, and curl up in his bed. Why do only dogs ......Read More

  • Limited Edition and Special Edition Pens

    Limited Edition and Special Edition Pens

    11 December 2018

    Special and Limited Edition pens can cause a lot of excitement. But why? Are they worth getting excited about? What's the difference between them? And if some of them really are all that exciting, how do you make sure you get the ones you want? ......Read More

  • How To Cope With Christmas And Other Crafty Things

    How To Cope With Christmas And Other Crafty Things

    30 November 2018

    Come on - let's face it - Christmas can be pretty stressful. Yes, there are all those fluffy, feel-good adverts with cute curly-haired kids and eccentric grandparents all gathered round the festive table with a whole, uncarved turkey in the middle of it (who, really, ......Read More

  • 25 Years of Pencil Perfection

    25 Years of Pencil Perfection

    30 November 2018

    Believe it or not, it's been a whole 25 years since Faber-Castell introduced the Perfect Pencil. Admittedly, a pencil is pretty much perfect all by itself. It will write upside down, in the rain and on all sorts of materials, from paper to paintwork. It will ......Read More

  • New Gift Ideas for Christmas 2018

    New Gift Ideas for Christmas 2018

    26 November 2018

    Yes, we know how much you love Cult Pens, and you did all your Christmas shopping here last year. But that's a bit of a problem now, isn't it? You can't buy everyone the same things again this year, that just doesn’t look good. It's ok! ......Read More

  • Journal With Purpose - Autumn Journaling Essentials

    Journal With Purpose - Autumn Journaling Essentials

    21 November 2018

    There is something about autumn that is so inviting. The colours of the leaves, the promise of cosy evenings and warm knitted jumpers. It also feels like the last chance to make the most of getting outside before the cold days of winter set in.   To ......Read More

  • Meet The Brand: Winsor & Newton

    Meet The Brand: Winsor & Newton

    19 November 2018

    Even if you're not an arty type, the chances are you'll have heard of Winsor & Newton - they're fairly big fish in the large pond of artists' materials, after all. Their classic, black and white brand logo is understated and discreet, quite in contrast ......Read More

  • World Diabetes Day

    World Diabetes Day

    14 November 2018

    November is Diabetes Awareness Month and today is World Diabetes Day. Type 1 Diabetes is an auto-immune disease. People with Type 1 Diabetes produce little or no insulin. Our bodies need insulin to survive, so it needs to be injected or given by an ......Read More

  • Why People Love Fountain Pens

    Why People Love Fountain Pens

    31 October 2018

    Fountain pens have been around for a long time, but when the ballpoint pen came along, lots of people abandoned their fountain pens for the convenience it brought. And the rollerball tempted even more people, with its smooth writing. Gel pens could do things that liquid ......Read More

  • The Joy of Fountain Pens

    The Joy of Fountain Pens

    30 October 2018

    Mixed Early Experiences   Like many people, my first experience of fountain pens was somewhat mixed. I remember clearly at school the excitement building up, as some children were deemed to have handwriting at a standard that allowed them to “move up” to a fountain pen. I ......Read More

  • Notebook Covers - Why Cover a Perfectly Nice Notebook?

    Notebook Covers - Why Cover a Perfectly Nice Notebook?

    19 October 2018

    Notebooks. They're handy things to have with you. In some cases, they can be a bit rough and ready, and the covers might not last as long as they need to, but in the case of most decent quality notebooks, they're quite sturdy enough to ......Read More

  • Helen Colebrook's Bullet Journal Method Review

    Helen Colebrook's Bullet Journal Method Review

    18 October 2018

    As a keen bullet journal (BuJo) enthusiast, I was extremely excited to get my hands on a copy of The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll from my friends at Cult Pens. I have been using a bullet journal since April 2016 and was keen ......Read More

  • THE BULLET JOURNAL METHOD by Ryder Carroll (Review)

    THE BULLET JOURNAL METHOD by Ryder Carroll (Review)

    12 October 2018

    Having discovered journaling a couple of years ago, I was very interested to hear about the new book from Ryder Carroll: The Bullet Journal Method, published on 23rd October. Like most people who are intrigued by bullet journaling, I'd looked at his site and taken ......Read More

  • The Secret Life of the Pencil - Book and Premium Pencil Pack

    The Secret Life of the Pencil - Book and Premium Pencil Pack

    10 October 2018

    It started with the book. We weren't particularly planning to sell the book, but it was an interesting new book about pencils, so we wanted to see it. It's all about creative people, but from the point of view of the pencils they use. Instead ......Read More

  • Herbin - Meet the Brand

    Herbin - Meet the Brand

    9 October 2018

    Herbin is old, very old. 350 years in fact. When it was established in Paris in 1670, France was still a kingdom and New Zealand was but a twinkle in Abel Tasman's eye. The company's founder, Jacques Herbin, was actually a sailor employed by the ......Read More

  • Guest Post: Brad Dowdy - The Pen Addict

    Guest Post: Brad Dowdy - The Pen Addict

    9 October 2018

    In this guest blog post, Brad Dowdy, known to the world as The Pen Addict, tells us about his his history with fountain pens and inks - over to you, Brad! I’ve cared what I’ve written with and on since I was a child. The finest ......Read More

  • Robert Oster Inks

    Robert Oster Inks

    8 October 2018

    If you have a fountain pen, and you use bottled ink, you haven't been short of choices for inks to use. From old classics like Parker Quink, Waterman and Pelikan 4001, to interesting Japanese inks from Sailor, Pilot and Platinum. From the vast selection of ......Read More

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