Glenn with Combo-Notebook and the Delta 1982-2012 fountain pen

OMAS To Close

What a loss! The Chinese company that owns OMAS has decided not to sell but to closer the Italian pen company located in Bologna.

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Glenn with Combo-Notebook and the Delta 1982-2012 fountain pen

I enjoy the writing experience of a fountain pen. The feel of the nib, the flow of the ink come together to make writing with a fountain pen a different experience. 

Last year I was introduced to the Comb-o Notebook which uses excellent paper and bound in a great leather cover. See Pen Views for more information. I find the individual sections of the Comb-o helpful. I use one for my photography notes, another for pens and ink and the third for general thoughts.

It is all about writing...

Comb-o Notebook

Enjoying my Comb-o note book.

Ink ...

Call it going back to basics, but I am enjoying my Waterman Blue Black ink. I am also enjoying the more realistic price!

Actually, this has been a Waterman month for me as I had to take one of my Waterman Man 100 fountain pens with me to a workshop as I wanted to use a pen that uses a cartridge. What a great pen!

Welcome to Glenn's Pens

Welcome to Glenn's Pen, a web site with information on fountain pens, ink, stores, pen companies and paper.

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    Montegrappa Extra Otto, Zebra - Montegrappa has done it again with the new line of Extra, the Otto, eight sided celluloid and sterling silver.
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    Novelli Augusta - manufactured for Novelli Pen in Rome by Visconti, I have waited a long time for this pen. Now, I have pen IV of IV with sterling silver rhodium plated trim.

My 2015 trip to Italy was a success! Two new stunning pens joined by collection. See Pens of Note for the Montegrappa Extra Otto and the Novelli Augusta.


Pen Stores

I started the site many years ago to provide information on pen stores and to note those I thought were Great Pen Stores.


The ink you use is important. I have included information and reviews on inks.

When you come across a "Great Pen Store" or a great bottle of fountain pen ink or other pen accessory, send me an e-mail with your thoughts.

Pen Companies

I include information on pen manufacturers under Companies. Over the past years I have had the opportunity to meet and tour some of the great pen manufacturers of fountain pens located in France and Italy.


I include information on some of the major brands of paper. There are endless varieties of paper to choose from, and many are not available in all markets. The main point about paper is that it is one of the factors that defines how you pen writes.


I am not a vintage pen collector, although I have had the opportunity to write with some vintage pens and I am impressed with how many vintage pens write. For the most part vintage pens are too small for my hands.

I include photos and write-ups of what I refer to as my Pens of Note. These are pens in my collection and I particularly enjoy how they feel and how they write.



Things seem a bit on the quiet side in terms of new pens in terms of good quality fountain pens at a reasonable price.

There are of course very high end pens, like the Graf van Faber-Castell 2016 Pen of the Year that has an impressive, yet somewhat classic look, but that particular pen is aimed at more the collector than the pen user.

The Pelikan Souverän 805 in Vibrant Blue is a smart looking pen, as is the M800 Burnt Orange version. But in Canada, the distributor has set the price point so high that some store are have told me they will not carry the line as the price point is simply too high. Yet in Europe, the pens seem to be well priced.

Pen World's Readers' Choice Awards ballets were included in the February issue. I see for the Best writing pen the five nominees are: the OMAS Ogiva Alba, the Pelikan Souverän M800 Burt Orange, the Pilot Custom Heritage 912, the Sailor Classic 20th Anniversary and the Visconti Millionare.

I have written with some of the pens and I give high ranks to the OMAS Ogiva, the Pelikan M800 has its standard excellent nib and when I saw the Visconti Millionaire when I was at the Visconti Showroom in Florence this fall I thought that pen was a winner. It will be interesting to see how the pens rank out.