I enjoy the writing experience of a fountain pen. With a fountain pen, the feel of the nib and the flow of the ink come together to make writing with a fountain pen a different experience.
In 2016 I was introduced to the Comb-o Notebook which uses excellent paper and bound in a beautiful great-to-feel 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.
Enjoying my Comb-o note book.
I came across this interesting line of ink from Japan - kyo no oto. I had my ink shipped in from Japan, but now I see the ink has caught on and they are available at a number of stores. Here in Vancouver, BC Canada at at Charals on Robson Street.
It is always exciting to join something that is just starting and the custom Memento Zero fountain pen by Leonardo Officina Italina is just that. I have this beautiful fountain pen by this new house of pen craftsmanship - Leonardo Officina Italina.
» Pen review and photos under Pens of Note.
Welcome to Glenn's Pens, a web site with information on fountain pens, ink, stores, pen companies and paper.
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.
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 am very please to introduce an exciting new Italian pen company, Leonardo Officina Italiana. It was last fall when I met my friend Salvatore Matrone in Rome and we talked about his new venture. I also acquired a premier run of the stunning pen - Blu Abysse. This celluloid pen has an extremely smooth gold nib and I truly cherish this pen. His web site www.leonardopen.com should be up and running by the end of March/early April. You can see the current Momento Zero line on my Pen Companies Page.
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.
2017 was a busy travel year. In May & June travels included Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Paris. It was a great trip. In Prague I had a good visit at czechpen.cz. Located in the central retail district in the downtown area of Prague. It is Easy to find.
In Vienna there were a number of stores. For vintage pens, and a great pen vibe, visit Wiener Füllfeder Werkstatt. I really enjoyed my time there. The store is located just past what is referred to as the museum district. In the centre of the business district I highly recommend a visit to Mayr & Fessler.
In the Fall I spent time in Italy. My wife found a store in Bergamo (Casa Della Penna) and it was a pleasure to visit that store located in the lower town.
In Rome we also had the opportunity to visit Corsani Pen. It was a pleasure to once again meet Stefano Senatore.
In 2018 it will be Morrocco, Spain, Paris and Italy.