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  • 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

  • Cult Pens Architecture Prize 2016

    Cult Pens Architecture Prize 2016

    27 October 2016

    Once again Cult Pens sponsored the aptly-named 'Cult Pens Award' - a prize for Dr Manuel Cresciani's architecture students at Northumbria University. As before, the students were challenged with creating a series of six visions of a chosen street in such a way that viewers ......Read More

  • Derwent Competition - Win a Weekend Break

    Derwent Competition - Win a Weekend Break

    3 October 2016

    Picture the scene: green hills, grey crags, blue water and white puffy sheep. You're in the Lake District, and you're there courtesy of Derwent, one of the world's leading brands when it comes to artists' materials. You could go for a stroll, embark on a ......Read More

  • Derwent Inktense Creative Morning

    Derwent Inktense Creative Morning

    3 October 2016

    Cult Pens Get Inktensely Messy! We don't just sit around answering the phone or writing newsletters or wandering around the warehouse picking orders, you know. Oh no. Sometimes we spread the Tiverton Gazette over the meeting room table, dish out some Derwent and get arty (well ......Read More

  • Pentel's 70th Anniversary

    Pentel's 70th Anniversary

    3 October 2016

    What do Dolly Parton, Joanna Lumley and Steven Spielberg have in common? Well not a great deal, it must be said, apart from the fact that they are the same age - yes, 70! - as Pentel, one of the most recognisable pen brands in ......Read More

  • Old Favourites Return - the Jotter and Silvine Notebooks

    Old Favourites Return - the Jotter and Silvine Notebooks

    12 September 2016

    Two classic designs that will bring back memories for many of us - the Parker Jotter and the Silvine Notebook. The Jotter has been around since 1954, and while it wasn't the first ballpoint pen, it quickly became one of the most popular, with over 750 ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Visits Derwent

    Cult Pens Visits Derwent

    7 September 2016

    Scafell Pike, Herdwick sheep, Beatrix Potter, Donald Campbell's Bluebird, Lake Windermere, Alfred Wainwright, Kendal Mint Cake, William Wordsworth, Swallows and Amazons. Just a few of the diverse reasons why you might be familiar with the beautiful area of north-west England known as the Lake District. ......Read More



    8 August 2016

    Think of Italy and the usual stuff comes to mind - sunbaked terracotta-tiled roofs… hillsides covered with vineyards and olive groves… certain red sports cars with a prancing horse logo… and of course, spaghetti. How about pens? No? Well, that's understandable, but we hope to ......Read More

  • ACME Studio

    ACME Studio

    3 August 2016

    "Beep, beep." For those of you old enough to remember, ACME featured heavily in Wile E Coyote's arsenal in his ongoing battle against the Road Runner, usually featuring some device that didn't work, or did work, but not in the way he wanted. Ironically, 'acme' ......Read More

  • Kuretake Demo Day

    Kuretake Demo Day

    4 July 2016

    While we look forward to the lovely people who bring our bacon butties on a Monday morning, most visitors to Cult Pens tend to be couriers, the Royal Mail, lorries containing vast rolls of bubble-wrap or lost people with pick-ups looking for Jewson. So we ......Read More

  • Cross 21st Century

    Cross 21st Century

    2 June 2016

    Staggeringly, over 100 million (yes, million) Cross Classic Centuries have been sold in the last 70 years. Quite an achievement; they must be doing something right! To celebrate, and also to commemorate 170 years of Cross innovation, they have created the extremely special 21st Century ......Read More

  • Start Bay Notebooks - For The Adventure

    Start Bay Notebooks - For The Adventure

    10 May 2016

    Start Bay notebook covers - as the names suggests if you're familiar with the West Country - are made on the south coast of Devon. They're leathery (very leathery) and tough (very tough) and really nice. They are the vision of Peter Cattermole, and are hand-made ......Read More

  • Jessica Palmer

    Jessica Palmer

    12 April 2016

    Jessica Palmer produces the sort of art that - if you're a talentless twit such as myself - makes you really wish you could draw. So it's a good job that colouring books for adults is an avenue into which she's ventured, because at least ......Read More

  • Derwent Art Prize 2016

    Derwent Art Prize 2016

    12 April 2016

    The 2016 Derwent Art Prize is currently open for entries, but not for very much longer - the closing date is the 1st of June. There's £12,500 in prizes up for grabs, with £6000 going to the first prize winner. Eighty of the works submitted ......Read More

  • Staedtler Breaks the World Record

    Staedtler Breaks the World Record

    2 February 2016

    It's been almost 15 years since 'Record Breakers' last aired, even longer since the late great Roy Castle and the McWhirter brothers were its hosts, and longer still (60 years!) since the first publication of the Guinness Book of World Records. But records are still ......Read More

  • Win a BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag with Cross

    Win a BAFTA Nominee Gift Bag with Cross

    28 January 2016

    Buy any Cross products from us for the chance to win a BAFTA nominee gift bag - the same set of luxury gifts given out to the stars attending the BAFTA Awards, including a Cross Apogee Medalist fountain pen. Competition closes 19th February 2016. Entry form ......Read More

  • Review of the Year 2015

    Review of the Year 2015

    7 January 2016

    Well, where on earth did that year go? After a full-on 2014 completely rebuilding our website and computer systems we were planning on a calm, quiet 2015. In the event it was relatively calm, but definitely not quiet. During 2015 we added lots of new brands ......Read More

  • Cult Pens Sponsors Architecture Prize

    Cult Pens Sponsors Architecture Prize

    15 December 2015

    When Dr Manuel Cresciani approached Cult Pens and asked if we'd sponsor a prize for his first year architecture students, we said we'd be delighted. Our boss has a bit of a yen for this sort of stuff - as you can tell from his ......Read More

  • Platinum #3776

    Platinum #3776

    13 November 2015

    The #3776 from Platinum is a longstanding classic among fountain pens, though still not as well known as it should be outside its native Japan. With its traditional and simple styling, comfortable shape to hold, and legendary nib quality, the #3776 has long been a ......Read More

  • Fountain Pen Day and Why Use a Fountain Pen

    Fountain Pen Day and Why Use a Fountain Pen

    3 November 2015

    Fountain pen day is on 6th November, and those who love fountain pens will be happy to hear we have some offers coming up that they may be interested in. The interesting question for those who don’t love fountain pens, though, is probably why those other ......Read More

  • Technical Drawing

    Technical Drawing

    9 September 2015

    Cornwall 1979. Blondie, Elvis Costello, The Police, Ian Dury and The Blockheads and Abba are on Top Of The Pops; Not The Nine O'Clock News is on the telly; the internet doesn't exist yet but we have Ceefax, which was nearly as exciting; and Cornwall ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Koh-i-Noor

    Meet the Brand: Koh-i-Noor

    8 September 2015

    Googling 'Koh-i-Noor' frequently results in either listings of Indian restaurants or references to the famous diamond that adorns the Queen's crown. But look a little further and you will see that Koh-i-Noor is also a rather good manufacturer of pencils, pens and general art supplies; ......Read More

  • Eye iPhone - Win an iPhone 6 with Uni-ball Eye!

    Eye iPhone - Win an iPhone 6 with Uni-ball Eye!

    2 September 2015

    An eye for an eye? How about an Eye for an iPhone? A 16GB one? Much better deal eye think. Those lovely people at Uni-ball have trusted us - Cult Pens - with an iPhone 6. We did our best to hide it and pretend we'd ......Read More

  • Will McCarthy: Artist of the Month - August 2015

    Will McCarthy: Artist of the Month - August 2015

    12 August 2015

    We sometimes ask an artist to design a banner for our newsletter - Penorama. If you don't already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here. This month's artist is Will McCarthy, who is currently studying Computer Science and Philosophy at Oxford University, and mainly draws and paints ......Read More

  • Kum Memory Point Brushes

    Kum Memory Point Brushes

    12 August 2015

    KUM’s Memory Point brushes solve, or at least help with, three of the biggest problems artists face with existing brushes. If you use paint brushes, and have any of these problems, you’ll want to try them: Most brushes lose their shape easily, and don’t spring back ......Read More

  • Zentangle


    12 August 2015

    Zentangle is, essentially, a way of doodling with some added structure. Yes, you could just doodle from scratch, deciding what to draw as you go, but that involves more thinking, and this is supposed to be relaxing. Zentangle is about relaxing and going with the ......Read More

  • Uni Chalk Markers

    Uni Chalk Markers

    7 July 2015

    To give you an idea of just how versatile Uni-ball's Chalk Markers are, we asked a friendly sign writer - Zoe Rowley - to experiment with them and give us her opinion. Here's what she had to say:'They're great pens - given that they are wet ......Read More

  • Quiver


    7 July 2015

    Quivers are traditionally used to carry arrows. But not in this case. These days there's not much call for arrow-holders outside of archery clubs, but there is certainly a call for somewhere stylish to store a pen or two. Not slung over your back in ......Read More

  • Adult Colouring

    Adult Colouring

    7 July 2015

    Sounds a bit silly, really, doesn't it?  Adult colouring?  Hmmm. Perhaps a pastime for people with not an awful lot to do? But then again, perhaps not. Perhaps it's the perfect antidote to the stress we adults insist on subjecting ourselves to every day. After ......Read More

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