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Montblanc honours The Beatles, by Kevin Hackett, The National, December 3, 2017

S. T. Dupont x ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ is made for fans of Princess Dragomiroff, by Helen Miao, South China Morning Post, December 2, 2017

Montblanc Remembers The Beatles, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, December 1, 2017

Sculpt Your Words with the Montegrappa Antonio Canova Pen, by Bekah Birge, Robb Report, November 30, 2017

David Oscarson Honors Imperial Russia With New Pen Collection, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, November 30, 2017

Caran D'Ache's comic book capers, by Ken Kessler, Telegraph, November 21, 2017

Graf von Faber-Castell Introduces Pen Of The Year 2018, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, November 17, 2017

Grayson Tighe Takes Pens To New Artistic Heights, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, November 16, 2017

This $19,900 rocket ship pen will blow your mind, by Emmie Martin, CNBC, November 16, 2017

Shropshire retailer launches Italian partnership pen, shropshirelive.com, November 15, 2017

Montblanc creates special pens for EUROPA 2 cruiseline, by Doug Newhouse, TR Business, November 7, 2017

For the loyalists, fountain pen is still mightier than touchscreens, by Amitava Chatterjee, Tomes of India, November 4, 2017

Saying it with a fountain pen is back in vogue, by Alison Paterson, Northern Star, November 3, 2017

Immortalizing Alexander Hamilton In A Pen, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, October 29, 2017

Montegrappa Introduces a Spooky New Scribbler Just in Time for Halloween, by John Lyon, Robb Report, October 23, 2017

Custom-made pen from Augusta craftsman presented to Iceland’s president, by Betty Adams, centralmaine.com, October 22, 2017

A Pen Fit for A Viking: Graf von Faber-Castell’s Pen of the Year 2017, by Bekah Birge, Robb Report, October 20, 2017

Scriptus, Toronto's Pen & Writing Show, back for the 4th year!, Stone River Productions Inc., Cision, October 17, 2017

The Ocean Swirl Pen From Pelikan, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, October 16, 2017

Ink again: The antiquated skill of calligraphy is a huge hit on social media, by Tom Cowie , The Age, October 14, 2017

Montegrappa's Pen Of Peace Speaks Volumes, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, October 13, 2017

Design classic: Meisterstück 149 fountain pen, by Olivia Williams, Financial Times, October 13, 2017

Art Department receives Education Grant, Rushville Republican, October 13, 2017

Zebra Pen Gets Creative with New Zensations, PRWeb, October 11, 2017

Luxury investment: your guide to buying a precious pen, by Panna Munyal, The National, October 11, 2017

How ballpoint pens and a new world flight record saved us from applying deodorant by hand, by B. Alexandra Szerlip, Melville House, October 10, 2017

The pen is mightier than the stylus, by Express News Service, The New Indian Express, October 7, 2017

Ode to the Fountain Pen, by Chris Brauer, Creston Valley Advance, October 7, 2017

Montblanc pays homage to Hannibal with diamond-topped artistry, by Winnie Chung, South China Morning Post, September 17, 2017

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Dutch designer Rein van der Mast 3D prints bronze Pjotr fountain pen with an Ultimaker, by Julia, www.3Ders.org, September 10, 2017

Trunk call: Montblanc's artisan homage to Hannibal champions pachyderm power, by Ken Kessler, Telegraph, September 13, 2017

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If you are a Pirates of the Caribbean fan, you’ll love this collection of pens and watches, by Barry Rodgers, Architectural Digest, September 12, 2017

11-year-old entrepreneur turns $100 into Arkansas pen business, by Debra Hale-Shelton, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, September 10, 2017

Marilyn Monroe Is Montblanc's Latest Muse, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, September 6, 2017

Sheaffer Pen & Art Supply Co. Presents Star Wars™ Collection, by Daniel Pickett, Action Figure Insider, September 6, 2017

The Future of Writing Instruments, by Jennifer Billock, Advertising Specialty Institute, September 5, 2017

How a Japanese Pen Maker Anticipated the Writing-Tool Renaissance, by June Thomas, Bloomberg Businessweek, August 30, 2017

What Architect Peter Marino Designs Besides Buildings, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, August 26, 2017

Best Pens for Drawing: 10 Pens for Artists and Designers, by Digital Arts Staff, Digital Arts, August 24, 2017

S. T. Dupont Celebrates 145 Years With New Luxury Collections, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, August 21, 2017

Pen store’s quirky owner remembered, by Kevin Parks, THISWEEKNEWS.COM, August 21, 2017

Scribe Sword Celebrates Exciting Launch of Scribe Sword Fountain Pen With Limited Time Only Deeply Discounted Price, Press Release, digitaljournal.com, August 18, 2017

Hilal Pen Store in Hyderabad is a paradise for vintage pen lovers, by AuthorSruti Venugopal, Telangana Today, August 13, 2017

Ever Wonder How The Red Silk Poppy Became Associated With War Veterans?, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, August 8, 2017

Fountain pen peddler spills into new HQ, by Mike Platania, Richmond BizSense, August 8, 2017

Local history: Fountain pen manufacturing a forgotten empire of Akron, by Mark J. Price, The Akron Beacon Journal, August 6, 2017

The Anura Rafael Write Time Concept Marries Horology and Fine Pen Making, by John Lyon, Robb Report, August 2, 2017

A.T. Cross Unveils New Sheaffer Pens, by A.T. Cross Company, PR Newswire, July 27, 2017

Write like a ruler with Game of Thrones Iron Throne pens, by Amy Ratcliffe, Nerdist, July 21, 2017

Antiques & Collectibles: Pens have write stuff for collectors, by Sandy Erdman, Post-Bulletin, July 21, 2017

Montegrappa Issues New Series of Game of Thrones Limited Edition Iron Throne Pens, by TV News Desk, BroadwayWorld.com, July 19, 2017

David Oscarson Keeps it Koi with His Newest Pen Collection, by John Lyon, Robb Report, July 19, 2017

After 93 years, Daly's Pen Shop will close its doors for good, by Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 17, 2017

Symbol Of Love And Luck In A David Oscarson Pen, by Nancy Olson, Forbes, July 17, 2017

The Bic Stops Here: In Praise of the Humble Stick Pen, by Elizabeth Stinson, Gear, July 16, 2017

Product Announcements

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Plenty Pen: 4-in-1 Pen with Plenty of Features 2017 May 6, 2017

Write, draw, erase and use a stylus: Just flip it!

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Sens minimalistic pen by Verge 2017 PenHero.com, April 1, 2017

A new minimalistic pen + notebook + leather cover combination.

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Wink Pen First Edition Fountain Pen 2017 PenHero.com, January 22, 2017

The Wink Pen was born from the desire to create a sustainable alternative to the everyday writing utensil. While the basis for the branding, WINK, was originally derived from the concept of using “wine as ink,” the pen can actually be loaded with virtually any liquid that possesses a staining property.

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Lambrou Pens LK2 Dignity 2016: Soar with the eagles!

The new Lambrou Pens LK2 Dignity is an exciting and unique Art Pen, created through the positive working relationship of three dedicated men of the Lambrou Pens working group, Andreas Lambrou, Ryan Krusac, and Paul Rossi.

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Richard Mille RMS05 Mechanical Fountain Pen 2016

Richard Mille RMS05 Fountain Pen 2016, Company Website Link

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Cross Year of the Monkey Special Edition Collection 2016

Cross announces The Cross Year of the Monkey Special Edition Collection, honoring the majestic yet endangered golden snub-nosed monkey of Southwest China and available in either Tibetan teal or brushed platinum plate.

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Porsche Design Tec Flex Gold Special Edition 2015

This autumn a special edition of the well-known and popular product series Tec Flex will light up the showcases of every retail store. In a one time production Porsche Design produces the extraordinary Tec Flex in a golden version.

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Porsche Design Solid Gold Limited Edition 2015

The Porsche Design P’3135 Solid Gold Limited Edition fountain pen is one of the most exclusive writing tools. The pen is strictly limited to eleven pieces worldwide and milled out of a single piece of solid pure 14 karat / 585 karat gold.

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2018 Sheaffer Triumph Pens Calendar

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On January 1, 1942, Sheaffer introduced the new Triumph Lifetime pen line to its dealers and the first advertisements appeared in Life Magazine on July 27, 1942 featuring the new and innovative conical Triumph "Sheath-Point" nib. The new Triumph line was very different in look from the previous Balance pen lines, more pointed at the ends and at the nib. The new nib became an iconic Sheaffer design, and variations were used on pens through the 1990s. This calendar is a look at twelve early Triumph models from 1942 through 1947 from lever and vacuum-fil models through the top of the line Masterpiece pens.

2018 Sheaffer Snorkel Calendar

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In 1952 Sheaffer introduced the Snorkel fountain pen line, which is recognized today as one of the most complex filling mechanisms ever made. The pen was supported with a heavy advertising campaign, proclaiming its clean "dunk free" filling and ease of use where only the filling tube touches the ink. It extends to draw in the fluid and withdraws when the pen is filled, leaving the point and barrel clean and free of ink. It's one of the iconic Sheaffer designs of the 1950s and this calendar gives you twelve of them to enjoy, one for each month of 2018!

2018 Conklin Streamline Pens Calendar

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In response to Sheaffer's introduction of the streamlined Balance pen in 1929, Conklin and many other pen manufacturers found themselves scrambling to match it. The first Endura Symetrik, introduced in 1930, was essentially a rounded off flat-top Endura, having the same Endura nib and trim bands on the cap and barrel. Conklin introduced the Nozac, America's first piston-fill fountain pen, in 1931. These pens, and Conklin's All American and lever-fill models, were made in some of the most beautiful celluloids and faceted designs. With this calendar, you can take home twelve collectible Conklin pens from the 1930s and enjoy a new one each month!


2018 Art Pens of Japan Calendar

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From the earliest appearance of fountain pens in Japan, Japanese artists have applied their unique decorating styles to these new writing instruments. Four styles are represented on the pens in this calendar: engraved silver and gold fill, including use of an acid treatment to give silver a matte finish, kamakura-bori, a decorative technique done by carving patterns in wood or lacquer revealing layers of color and then polishing to finish, raden, a maki-e technique using shell inlay on the urushi coated lacquer surface, and kawari-nuri, literally “free pattern,” a decorative technique where the artist is free to produce any abstract pattern in the urushi lacquer, which is then over coated in clear urushi. The pens date from the 1910s to 1950s, giving a brief overview of how decorative techniques changed over time as well as the pen designs themselves.


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Pen Show Calendar

Updated as of December 2, 2017!

January, 2018


Philadelphia Pen Show
January 12-14, 2018

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Industry Changes

Esterbrook: Classic pen brand brought back from the dead Devin Loring, USA Today, February 5, 2015

A.T. Cross Acquires BIC’s Sheaffer Pen Line PPAI Publications, August 26, 2014

PDF: A.T. Cross Company to Aquire Sheaffer BIC Press Release, , August 21, 2014


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Pen Company Stock Watch


A. T. Cross - Yahoo Finance

BIC - Yahoo Finance

Newell Rubbermaid - Owns Sanford, Parker, Waterman, Yahoo Finance

Pelikan - Pelikan International Corporation Berhard, The Star, Malaysia

Richemont - Owns Cartier, Dunhill, Montblanc, Montegrappa, Yahoo Finance


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