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  • Journaling with Kuretake

    Journaling with Kuretake

    6 April 2018

    About 18 months ago, Christina from Kuretake visited us, to tell us all about their amazing art products. She couldn't have been too traumatised by the experience because she came back! Either that or it's taken her this long to recover, but let's not go ......Read More

  • Zebra Art & Craft

    Zebra Art & Craft

    5 April 2018

    It's safe to say that whatever type of pen you need, Zebra has probably got it. Want a gel pen in a great range of colours? Check. Have a small bag and want a small pen to fit into it, but one that 'Expandz' to ......Read More

  • #ShoppingAtCultPens


    29 March 2018

    Amanda, co-founder of Cult Pens, went shopping to prepare for a trip to Hong Kong. She wasn't the only one #ShoppingAtCultPens, though - see what we bought and why, and let us know what you bought, and what you did with it. We'll let Amanda ......Read More

  • Field Notes Tenth Anniversary

    Field Notes Tenth Anniversary

    2 February 2018

    Field Notes was a simple idea. Designer Aaron Draplin had developed a bit of a fascination with old farmer's notebooks. Companies that made seed, sold parts for tractors, or fertiliser, would make little books. Sometimes they were printed, with information about their products and how ......Read More

  • Schneider: A Pen for Every Occasion

    Schneider: A Pen for Every Occasion

    26 January 2018

    Schneider. In their words, 'the right refill for each pen'. But they're so much more than refills! So where do I start?? '…at the beginning,' I suppose, as the King said in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Well then. The beginning, I suppose, would be in Germany's ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Journal With a Purpose

    Cult Pens Journal With a Purpose

    5 January 2018

    I like lists. Especially To Do lists. They make me feel like I've achieved something. I've even been known to get something done, and then add it to my To Do list retrospectively, just for the pleasure of crossing it off. I know I'm not ......Read More

  • Review of 2017

    Review of 2017

    4 January 2018

    It's been another interesting sort of year for Cult Pens, and another interesting one for the world at large. Solving the world's problems would be a bit too much of a challenge for us, so, being a pen shop, we've stuck to selling pens and ......Read More

  • Supplier of the Year Awards 2017

    Supplier of the Year Awards 2017

    3 January 2018

    And now (drum roll), the moment you've all been waiting for… the winner of the Cult Pens Supplier of the Year! And it goes to…. (very long silence… think Strictly or Great British Bake Off … bit more silence as heartbeats speed up… bit more… ......Read More

  • Journaling Update

    Journaling Update

    21 November 2017

    You may recall my first foray into journaling back in May this year. In it I mentioned that many people who journal describe it as a 'journey', and my experiences this year would certainly echo that. I can easily see now how people can become ......Read More

  • Manuscript and Charlie

    Manuscript and Charlie

    25 October 2017

    Manuscript - the word alone conjures up one of two things: either a thick pile of A4 sheets with double-spaced type representing a hopeful author's literary debut; or - if you're more of a romantic bent - a scroll-like piece of parchment covered with curly ......Read More

  • New LOCLEN Pens and Pencils

    New LOCLEN Pens and Pencils

    24 October 2017

    It's not all that long since we first introduced LOCLEN to you, but we're about to do it again. It does make some sense - they've seen a lot of changes, expanded their premises, and have launched a number of new products. Founder Carlo Vazzoler has ......Read More

  • Win a Bike Decorated with Uni POSCA

    Win a Bike Decorated with Uni POSCA

    28 September 2017

    Bicycles are amazing things. They keep you fit, they're cheaper to buy than a car (most of them, anyway) and they give you an excuse to wear Lycra (if that’s your thing). They don't have an awful lot to do with pens though, apart, that ......Read More

  • World Calligraphy Day at the Pen Museum, Birmingham

    World Calligraphy Day at the Pen Museum, Birmingham

    27 September 2017

    In Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Mrs Danvers dreamt she went to Manderley, but Cult Pens' field agents Louise and Anna dreamt of pens, lots of them, because we went to the Pen Museum! Located in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter - once home to the city's pen factories ......Read More

  • Carry and Cases - a Guide to Carrying Pens and Pencils

    Carry and Cases - a Guide to Carrying Pens and Pencils

    26 September 2017

    Introduction If you love, or even just use pens and pencils, you probably need to carry them with you, at least sometimes. If so, this article is for you. You can chuck them in your pocket, loose in the bottom of your bag, keep them perfectly ......Read More

  • Hidden Gems - Kutsuwa

    Hidden Gems - Kutsuwa

    26 September 2017

    Kutsuwa has a long history - over 100 years - of supplying odd, quirky things you didn't know you needed, but now don't know how you'd manage without. Established in Japan in 1910 by Fukumatsu Nishimura, it now operates out of the country's eight major ......Read More

  • Artsynibs Calligraphy Workshop at Cult Pens

    Artsynibs Calligraphy Workshop at Cult Pens

    11 September 2017

    Imagine, if you will, the scene: several staff members sitting expectantly around the meeting room table at Cult Pens headquarters, surrounded by dip pens, nibs, ink, paper and a dog. We'd tackled (with varying degrees of success) drawing and colouring, courtesy of Kuretake, and Inktense ......Read More

  • What We Did On Our Holidays - Vindolanda

    What We Did On Our Holidays - Vindolanda

    7 June 2017

    Or What Have The Romans Ever Done For Us?* Or Cult Pens Finds An Interesting Pen In An Unlikely Place As keen readers of our newsletter know we popped up to Newcastle in May to watch Amanda's Rugby League team, Widnes Vikings, get thrashed beaten by ......Read More

  • Michael's Paper Republic Notebook Cover

    Michael's Paper Republic Notebook Cover

    9 May 2017

    I've been tempted by the idea of a 'Traveler's Notebook' for a long time. They always look beautiful, and it's a nice simple idea. I'd drifted away from using notebooks much in the last few years, which reduced the temptation a bit, and each version ......Read More

  • Widnes Vikings at the Magic Weekend

    Widnes Vikings at the Magic Weekend

    8 May 2017

    Cult Pens is ridiculously proud to be sponsoring the Widnes Vikings Rugby League team at the upcoming Magic Weekend on May 20th/May 21st in Newcastle. As you may or may not be aware, Devon - where we're based - isn't exactly a hotbed for Rugby League, ......Read More

  • Journaling


    4 May 2017

    It was probably at some point last year that we noticed our pads and journals/notebooks with a dot-grid pattern were getting increasingly popular. The term 'bullet journaling' was bandied around, but to be honest, we didn't take too much notice. We were busy trying to ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Creative Column: Calligraphy

    Cult Pens Creative Column: Calligraphy

    8 March 2017

    Hi, my name’s Louise. And I’m a stationeryholic. I also work as a Customer Service Advisor here at Cult Pens which is a pretty good job with lovely customers, and a great team, not to mention the pens! The ink! The paper! I’m surrounded by ......Read More

  • Balls and Ball-tipped Pens

    Balls and Ball-tipped Pens

    7 February 2017

    China and Ballpoint Pens There were news stories recently that China had finally cracked a problem that had eluded them for a long time: being able to make ballpoint pens. It sounds odd, because China is well-known for churning out lots of ballpoint pens, but the story ......Read More

  • Review of 2016

    Review of 2016

    11 January 2017

    2016 was quite a year for us.  Let's face it, it was quite a year for most people really!  At Cult Pens we had some wins, some setbacks, and some setbacks that turned out in hindsight to be blessings.  That's business.  Despite the various dramas, ......Read More

  • J Herbin Scented Inks

    J Herbin Scented Inks

    9 December 2016

    Your sense of smell is incredibly evocative, probably more so than any of the other four senses. Random scents can conjure up long-buried memories; they can make you smile with pleasure (newly-baked bread, fresh coffee), or wrinkle your nose in disgust. Some - like petrol, ......Read More

  • Meet Michael - Ten Years at Cult Pens

    Meet Michael - Ten Years at Cult Pens

    30 November 2016

    In May last year, we celebrated 10 years of Cult Pens - 10 years since the online shop sprouted in the back room of a small stationery shop in Dartmouth, and took over a corner of the internet. I was sitting in another corner, nearby, ......Read More

  • Pilot - iPad Air Competition

    Pilot - iPad Air Competition

    15 November 2016

    Would air-neebody like to win a 32GB iPad Air 2? Yes Good, because Pilot have generously donated one to us to give away to a lucky customer. Spend £25 on Pilot products from now until 16th December and we'll automatically enter you into the draw ......Read More

  • Platinum Snow Globe Competition

    Platinum Snow Globe Competition

    15 November 2016

    We have six beautiful Platinum snow globes to give away. Spend £100 on Platinum from now until 16th December and we'll automatically put you into the draw to win one of them. The Platinum #3776 Great Lakes series of limited edition fountain pens, celebrating the five ......Read More

  • Kaweco - Big Brother Competition

    Kaweco - Big Brother Competition

    15 November 2016

    The Big Brother has nothing to do with relatives, George Orwell's 1984 or reality TV. It is, in fact, an ENORMOUS Kaweco fountain pen, the sort the BFG might appreciate. You can't actually use it to write with, but you could hang it from the ......Read More

  • Fountain Pen Day 2016

    Fountain Pen Day 2016

    3 November 2016

    Fountain Pen Day is a day to embrace, promote and share the use of fountain pens. It's on the first Friday each November, which makes it November the 4th this year. It's a good excuse to talk about fountain pens, either in person, or on ......Read More

  • Great Ormond Street Hospital - the Cult Pens Christmas Appeal 2016

    Great Ormond Street Hospital - the Cult Pens Christmas Appeal 2016

    1 November 2016

    Everybody knows of Great Ormond Street Hospital. it's a rock to cling to in a stormy sea, a bit of light in a dark room. It is, quite simply, the best place to be if you're not very big and not very well. Founded in ......Read More

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