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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Cult Pens Iridescink - Meet Robert and Maureen

    Cult Pens Iridescink - Meet Robert and Maureen

    2 October 2018

    We have two new exclusive inks, made by Diamine, with lots of sheen. If you just want to buy them, you can go and get them here. If you want to know more about how this happened, and perhaps the bigger question, how they ended ......Read More

  • The Dynamic Duo of Diamine

    The Dynamic Duo of Diamine

    2 October 2018

    If you were to slice Christine Joynson open, she'd probably bleed Dragon Blood Shimmer ink. Bit of a macabre start to a blog post, I fear, so I should apologise - sorry. There. Now that’s out of the way, I'll explain… Christine is one half of ......Read More

  • TWSBI GO - The Perfect Fountain Pen for Ink Geeks and Students

    TWSBI GO - The Perfect Fountain Pen for Ink Geeks and Students

    4 September 2018

    Generally TWSBI pens are aimed squarely at pen geeks. And we love that about them. Well, we would, we are pen geeks. 'Normal' for TWSBI is still bottle-fed pens, with transparent barrels so you can watch the ink slosh about inside; often supplied with the ......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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Tomoe River Paper

    Tomoe River Paper

    12 May 2015

    Tomoe River paper has been long-awaited. Many people in the UK have already used it, by ordering it in from other countries, with the delays and import duties that can involve. It’s famous around the world among those a little obsessed with this sort of ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: e+m

    Meet the Brand: e+m

    14 April 2015

    There's really only one word for e+m's products, and that word is 'gorgeous'. Yes, they make pens, and we at Cult Pens like pens, which is why we sell them, and I suppose we're biased, but the pens (and everything else) from e+m are just, ......Read More

  • Johanna Basford - Colouring for Grown-Ups

    Johanna Basford - Colouring for Grown-Ups

    19 March 2015

    Hello! I’m Johanna Basford, ink evangelist, illustrator and creator of Secret Garden, a colouring book published by Laurence King that has now sold 1 million copies worldwide! This month I’m launching my new book, Enchanted Forest and to celebrate I’ve teamed up with the good ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand: Caran d'Ache's 100th Anniversary

    Meet the Brand: Caran d'Ache's 100th Anniversary

    10 March 2015

    Learn more about Caran d’Ache, their history, and their anniversary celebrations; then enter our competition to win some special anniversary goodies!Caran d’AcheTo many of us, a good set of coloured pencils means a nice set in a tin, with a picture of Swiss Alpine scenery ......Read More

  • Pilot Coleto

    Pilot Coleto

    27 January 2015

    This post appeared in January's issue of our Penorama newsletter. If you don’t already receive Penorama, you can subscribe here. You'll get more articles like this one, most of which don't appear anywhere else, and it's only sent once a month, so we won't over-fill ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand - Kaweco

    Meet the Brand - Kaweco

    12 January 2015

    Nuremberg – a picturesque city in the heart of Bavaria, Germany. Thanks to its position on the important trade routes between Italy and Northern Europe, Nuremberg’s craftsmen had a good view of the developments happening all over Europe for hundreds of years. One of these ......Read More

  • A Tribute to Old Leica Cameras - The Fotografica-Pen

    A Tribute to Old Leica Cameras - The Fotografica-Pen

    18 December 2014

    A beautiful handmade German Limited Edition pen; a tribute to classic rangefinder cameras, especially Leicas. Made from the same materials used for these classic cameras, the Fotografica-Pen is also made with amazing attention to detail. There's even an actual Stanhope 'optical bijou' lens from the ......Read More

  • Meet the Brand - Diamine

    Meet the Brand - Diamine

    27 November 2014

     Diamine is Cult Pens’ favourite ink brand, and we’ve had the privilege of working with the company for many years. After all, it was thanks to their expertise that Cult Pens’ own range of six Deep Dark Inks exist! It’s family-owned and offers a fabulous array of ......Read More

  • Stabilo & The Memory of Colour - The Theory

    Stabilo & The Memory of Colour - The Theory

    2 April 2014

    Our brains are amazing things, capable of countless thoughts and instructions. With so much information we have to take in during our day to day lives, we can improve our memory by organising our thoughts using various methods. This post provides a brief introduction to ......Read More

  • Staedtler Premium

    Staedtler Premium

    25 November 2013

    The name Staedtler is already associated with quality writing and drawing tools. Almost all of us will have used a Staedtler pencil at some point, with their Noris and Tradition ranges being classics. They’re the black and red or black and yellow striped pencils you ......Read More

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