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Featured Articles


Filcao Sylvia 2005-2008

A new review of a very nice pen from Italy, the Filcao Sylvia. An homage to the classic Pelikan 100N, and pens that the 100N inspired by pen makers in Settimo Torinese, near Turin, Italy.


Classic Pens LB5 King Profit 2012 Final Prototypes

We review the final pre-production prototypes of the Classic Pens LB5 in Flame Red and Space Blue, the first Limited Edition based on the Sailor King of Pen.


Inkograph Ink-D-Cator Hooded Nib Pen c1943-1947

Inkograph did make standard nib pens, using the Wallace brand in the 1920s and then starting sometime in the mid-1930s, Ink-D-Cator, as the pens had visulated ink-view sections. We verified this with a Wallace flyer from 1928 and the Inkograph Mickey Mouse line from 1935. So we are pleased to be able to better identify this pen and learn more about a very uncommon find.


Mabie Todd Advertisement Gallery

We have updated and added to the slideshow of seven original scans of Mabie Todd advertising.


Inkograph Advertisement Gallery

We have updated and added to the slideshow of nine original scans of Inkograph advertising.


Library Of Vintage Pen And Pencil User Guides

We've added seven new user guides to the Library: two Parker 51 from 1949 and 1963 showing the first Aero-Metric and the cartridge versions, Sheaffer Triumph 1943 including a how to fly with your Triumph guide, Sheaffer Stratowriter 1947, and a c1918 Waterman's. Thanks to David Oye for this contribution! Also General Manufacturing, makers of the Snapfil and Kaligraf c1918 and Williamson c1910s. Thanks to Len Provisor for this contribution! Added Parker Duofold, Victory, or Slimfold User Guide 1955 (UK). Thanks to John Hancox for this contribution! We have also added a new Sheaffer c1966 user guide!


Sheaffer Glideriter 1965-1968

Why is this woman smiling? Because she just got a Sheaffer Glideriter, the fun new way to write! We have done a significant update to this article, including a lot more information on all of the Sheaffer soft tip pens introduced in the 1960s.


Venus Advertisement Gallery

We have updated and added to the slideshow of ten original scans of Venus advertising.


PenHero 365: Sheaffer Snorkel Masterpiece

Another look at one of the finest pens ever made, with some personal reflections. From all of us at, we wish the best to you and your family this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas!


BIC Silver Anniversary Pen c1975

A gold plated, sterling silver vermeil BIC pen? Who would think of such a thing? We revisit this crazy 25th anniversary BIC pen from the 1970s.


Cross 150th Anniversary Limited Edition 1996

We've revisited and updated our review of this exceptional Limited Edition, based on an Art-Deco Cross fountain pen and pencil set from the 1930s.


Parker 95 1988-1994

We've done an update of our article on the Parker 95 to include details of each model in the line. These were nice, thin type pens produced between the Arrow and the 88/Rialto.


Parker Vacumatic Golden Web 1936-1937

We just completed a full update, with new photos, of our article about the Parker Vacumatic Golden Web, one of our most favorite pens!


Parker Duofold Replica By Chris Thompson

Sometimes having a pen collection means rediscovering a pen you haven't looked at in years. We took this pen with us to a pen club meeting and remembered why we bought it - a great replica with an especially nice Parker Canada flexible Duofold nib! Here is a re-look at our original review.


John Holland Jewel Inlay Pen c1930

We revisit this very unusual inlaid pen from a notable regional pen maker from the 1930s.


Conklin Advertisement Gallery

We have updated a slideshow of fourteen original scans of Conklin advertising.


Eversharp Envoy c1948

We take a look at one of the more uncommon Eversharp models of the 1940s.


Mabie Todd Blackbird / Swan Double Stamped

We revisit a double stamped Mabie Todd pen from the 1930s. Which is it? Blackbird or Swan?


Mabie Todd Swan Visofil Filling System

Mabie Todd developed not one, but two very unusual ink-visible filling systems in the 1930s. See how these pens work!


Wearever De Luxe "Mother of Pearl" c1940-1944

An eyecatching Wearever model from the 1940s with a most unusual nib design!


Esterbrook Advertisement Gallery

We have updated our gallery of Esterbrook advertisements to a total of 20 and a new slideshow feature. Check it out!


Élysée Cloisonné

Revisit a fascinating look at how Élysée applied Chinese cloisonné techniques to its Limited Edition pens.


Waterman Man 100 Gold "Specimen"

We revisit a most interesting pen that answers the question, "how does a pen dealer show a solid gold pen?"


Waterman Skywriter c1950-1953

We revisit one of our earlier reviews of a surprisingly nice entry level pen, one of three Waterman pens that bore the name Skywriter.

Pen News


Lambrou Pens LB6 Serenity: Lambrou Pens announces its newest art pen

The latest stunning offering from Lambrou Pens.


Classic Pens LB5 King Profit: Classic Pens breaks new ground with exquisite materials for its LB5 King Profit series

Shown above are the initial renderings of the Classic Pens LB5 King Profit pen in four new proposed diffusion bonded acrylics. The final pens are yet to be revealed.


Montblanc Great Characters: Albert Einstein Limited Edition 2013

Montblancʼs tribute to the genius of the worldʼs most revered scientist is the third in its Great Character series, begun in 2009 to honor great individuals of the 20th century who "created history with their groundbreaking work."


Montblanc Collection Princesse Grace de Monaco 2012

A true icon of the 20th century, Grace Kelly, who became H.S.H. Princess Grace, is remembered and revered for her classic beauty and her inimitable style in a collection of three writing instruments from Montblanc.


The Montblanc Meisterstück Mozart Jewelry Collection

Montblanc has introduced a super upscale version of the "Hommage à Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart" aimed at successful women, called the Montblanc Meisterstück Mozart Jewelry Collection.

Pen News Feed

January, 2013

Stocks gain amid US holiday - Astrid Business, January 22, 2013

Richemont Sales +5% in December Quarter -IDEX Online, January 21, 2013

South African stocks fall as Richemont wilts, January 21, 2013

Richemont Misses Forecasts On Weak Asia Sales -Jacob Wolinsky, ValueWalk, January 21, 2013

UPDATE 3-Richemont points to China slowdown, spooks sector - Astrid Wendlandt and Emma Thomasson, globalpost, January 21, 2013

Richemont Posts Higher Sales In Q3 - RTTNews, January 21, 2013

MONTBLANC : Le stylo Albert Einstein - Sandra. P, Gemme Fashion, January 21, 2013

Premiummarke Montblanc -, January 21, 2013

Richemont: The creative and the money man join forces - James Shotter,, January 20, 2013

A fountain of knowledge on putting pen to paper - Patrick Skene Catling,, January 19, 2013

Montblanc Kicks Off First U.S. Pop-Up Shop - Rachel Stone, Fashion Broadway, January 18, 2013

Luxury stores pop up in hotels for inauguration - Hadley Malcolm, USA TODAY, January 17, 2013

Montblanc homenajea a Einstein con una estilográfica de lujo - Miguel Ángel Villar, Dinaster, January 17, 2013

Pelikan Pen: Fahrney’s Pens to Award Pelikan Fountain Pen to Handwriting Contest Winner in Celebration of National Handwriting Day -, January 17, 2013

Montblanc launches limited edition writing instrument Pablo Picasso - Hindustan Times, January 17, 2013

Nouvelle édition limitée Montblanc - Cécile Michel, Les Echos, January 16, 2013

DSF 2013: Bentley Mulsanne worth Dh1.3m, but Montegrappa 18k gold pen costs Dh3.1m - Parag Deulgaonkar, Emirates 24/7, January 16, 2013

The Dh3 million pen and other luxuries on display at the Burj Al Arab - Colin Simpson, The National, January 16, 2013

Montblanc Celebrate Obama’s Inauguration With Washington Pop-Up Shop - Valerie Jack,, January 16, 2013

Montblanc rend hommage à Albert Einstein - Florence, Gizmodo France, January 15, 2013

Montblanc pop-up at St. Regis Washington DC - Roger Scoble, Pursuitist, January 14, 2013

Writing instrument companies look at new sales channels - Sangeetha G.,, January 13, 2013

At Philadelphia Pen Show, artistry in hand as well as on paper - Richard Koenig, NewsWorks, January 13, 2013

The Brain Pen By Montegrappa Now Availabale From Webster's Pen Shop -, January 12, 2013 Offers High-End Promotional Pens for Successful Branding -, January 11, 2013 Donating 1% of Sales to the Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts - MarketWire, January 10, 2013

Uni-ball® Upgrades Job Search With Mashable Digital Content Series -, January 7, 2013

New Metal Promotional Pens from the Pen Warehouse will be the Top Promotional Gifts for 2013 - Digtal Journal, January 6, 2013

Quella firma è preziosa - MilanoFinanza, January 5, 2013

Albert Einstein homenajeado por la firma Montblanc - Maria SJB, Embelezzia, January 4, 2013

Montegrappa presenta una edición de lo más exclusiva: la pluma Centennial Dragon - Charlie, Embelezzia, January 4, 2013

Montblanc Sprouts a Patriotic Shop in the U.S. for the Presidential Inauguration - Ann Binlot, Blouin ArtInfo, January 4, 2013

Parker’s 5th Technology: A Classy Hybrid Pen - turlynet, January 4, 2013

Get Pinpoint Accuracy And Comfort With Adonit's Jot Pro Stylus - Christine Chan, AppAdvice, January 3, 2013

How about a Porsche? - Irene Seiberling, Leader-Post, January 3, 2013

Making a difference: Works of art - Soma Basu, The Hindu, January 2, 2013

Luxor expands into consumer products space - Sangeetha G.,, January 1, 2013

December, 2012

Hassan Chraïbi, DG de Kallista et Montblanc Maroc - Zakaria Lahrach, La Vie éco, December 31, 2012

America's signature for freedom series fountain pens lead Bonhams Fine Writing Instruments Sale -, December 31, 2012

The Lost Art of the Handwritten Note - Philip Hensher, The Wall Street Journal, December 28, 2012

In praise of the write stuff - David Hayes,, December 28, 2012

Carving a legacy - Jeanne Millsap, The Herald-News, Chicago, IL, December 26, 2012

Diamond-studded pen a big draw at Hyderabad book fair - The Times of India, December 26, 2012

Survivors Of Time — A pen for your thoughts - Anusha Parthasarathy, The Hindu, December 25, 2012

Limited Edition Diamond Pens Launched - The Israeli Diamond Industry, December 24, 2012

Montegrappa Unveils a Million Dollar Centennial Dragon Pen - StupidDope, December 24, 2012

Lost a fountain pen nib, shared some Janesville stories - Steve Knox,, Janesville, WI, December 22, 2012

Handwriting that’s not on a wall - Nathalie Atkinson, National Post, December 20, 2012

My Promotional Pens Announces Top Quality Promotional Pens at Low Cost - SBWire, December 18, 2012

Emirates Airline Festival of Literature announces First Fiction Adult Writing competition to run in partnership with Montegrappa -, December 13, 2012

ECM Libra buys 7% of Pelikan - Azli Jamil, FMT News, December 12, 2012

Want a Stylus with a Pen? Try the InTuition Pen/Stylus – a Kickstarter Project - Emily,, December 12, 2012

Famed Montegrappa and Omas Fountain Pens and Inks Now Available Locally in Canada Through -, December 11, 2012

Global Stationery Products Industry - MarketWatch, December 10, 2012

Local fountain-pen manufacturer is an industry leader - Dan Gearino, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus, OH, December 9, 2012

Wacom to release two new stylus pens for Android and Windows 8 tablets - Doug Drinkwater, TabTimes, December 4, 2012

Parker presents a new innovative product line, Parker Insignia, to India - Santanu Ganguly, India Education Diary, December 3, 2012

The write stuff - Himani Chandna Gurtoo, Hindustan Times, December 2, 2012

Türkler kalem sevmez dediler! (Turkish) - Asli Öktener,, December 2, 2012

Montblanc Freedom Series limited edition fountain pens writing up to $30,000 apiece -, December 2, 2012

Writer's prize - Priyanka Sharma,, December 1, 2012

Montegrappa celebrates its 88th Anniversary - Live Trading News, December 1, 2012

November, 2012

Visconti’s New Van Gogh Self Portrait - Live Trading News, November 30, 2012

Comment: Forget Twitter, give me a good old fashioned fountain pen - John Taylor, Milton Keynes Citizen, November 29, 2012

The Dawning of a Wide Range of Aurora Fountain Pens Available on the Canadian Market -, November 29, 2012

UPDATE: Lee County officials dedicating efforts to causes of Fort Madison fires -, November 29, 2012

Seoul reveals poisoned pen plot - Leo Lewis, The Australian, November 28, 2012

N. Korean assassin armed with poison pens caught in Seoul - The Voice of Russia, November 27, 2012

The pen really is mightier than the sword: James Bond-style weapons used by a would-be North Korean assassin revealed by intelligence officers - Steve Nolan, MailOnline, November 27, 2012

ICEPEN combines a ballpoint pen and touchscreen stylus, looks great while doing it -Kyle Frost, Today's iPhone, November 26, 2012

'Poison' pen mightier than sword for would-be North Korean assassin - Paula Hancocks and K.J. Kwon, CNN, November 26, 2012

Poison Pen, Flashlight Gun Among North Korean Assassin's Toolkit (VIDEO) - Andy Campbell, The Huffington Post, November 26, 2012

Hero Pen plans to auction 49% stake - Chen Yang,, November 26, 2012

Gift Guide: The Pen Type-A - Romain Dillet,, November 26, 2012

Arnholt: Trusty fountain pen is back in hand - Mike Arnholt, Fayetteville Observer, November 25, 2012

Dupont to make pens for Louis Vuitton - AsiaOne News, November 21, 2012

PENSRUS Pens Special Gift Collection of Engraved Pens for Holiday Season -, November 9, 2012

Product Announcements


Montblanc Introduces Bespoke Nib Service 2012

Montblanc introduces a new Bespoke Nib Service, using software to analyze, record, and measure each individual's writing characteristics so that a customized nib can be prepared that fits the writer's unique style.


Montblanc Heritage Collection 1912 Limited Edition 2012

A new limited edition from Montblanc celebrating 100 years of Montblanc writing instruments and incorporating features and elements from many of the company's significant models in a modern interpretation.


Porsche Design TecFlex Black 2012

Porsche Design brings black to the iconic TecFlex line, originally released in 1999, updated for release in November, 2012.


Porsche Design Shake Pen Twist Black 2012

Porsche Design has released a new matte black twist model of the popular Shake Pen in October, 2012.


Fountain Pens of Japan 2012

A review of Andreas Lambrou's latest tome, Fountain Pens of Japan, a huge lavishly illustrated coffee table book covering the history of the fountain pen and its industry in Japan from around 1880 to the present.


Porsche Design Laser Flex 2012

Porsche Design is releasing several exciting new models in 2012, and one of the most intriguing is the new Laser Flex ballpoint pen. This new pen is expected to be released in November, 2012.


Sheaffer Sagaris Writing Instruments 2012

Sheaffer announces the new Sagaris line, is due to be released at the end of October, 2012. The Sagaris will remind you of the Imperial and Triumph pen lines that began in the early 1960s and continued through many variations through the late 1990s.


Classic Pens LB5 King Profit Themes 2012
Themes and colors chosen for the Classic Pens LB5!

Pen Show Calendar:

August, 2014

Washington, DC Fountain Pen Supershow
August 7-10, 2014
Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner
Vienna,Virginia, USA

San Francisco International Pen Show
August 22-24, 2014
Sofitel San Francisco Bay
Redwood City, California, USA

September, 2014

Dallas Pen Show
September 26-27, 2014
Doubletree Hotel Dallas (near the Galleria)
Dallas, Texas, USA

October, 2014

London Writing Equipment Show
October 5, 2014
Kensington Town Hall
London, UK

Michigan Pen Show
October 11-12, 2014
The MET Troy
Troy, Michigan, USA

Colorado Pen Show
October 17-18, 2014
Double Tree Stapleton North
Denver, Colorado, USA

November, 2014

Melbourne Pen Show
November 1, 2014
Malvern Town Hall (Banquet Hall), Glenferrie Road
Malvern, Australia

Ohio Pen Show
November 6-9, 2014
Crowne Plaza Dublin Hotel
Columbus, Ohio, USA

Madrid Pen Show
November 14-16, 2014
NH Eurobuilding Hotel
Madrid, Spain


See the full pen show calendar here.


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