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.
Enjoying my Comb-o note book.
I have come across an interesting line of ink from Japan, kyo no oto. They are no available in Vancouver at Charals on Robson Street and I have seen them on-line at a variety of stores.
I June when I was in Paris I had a great visit with Brigitte Courson of Plume et Bille. This is one of the stores that I visit each year. I regularly hear how a reader of the site has just visited the store.
Welcome to Glenn's Pen, 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 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.
In May & June I traveled to Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Paris. It was a great trip.
Prague did have a couple of pen stores, and I had a good visit at czechpen.cz
There were a number of stores in Vienna that I visited. For vintage pens, make the effort to go visit Wiener Füllfeder Werkstatt. I really enjoyed my time there.
For a pen store in the centre of Vienna that carries a good selection I recommend you visit Mayr & Fessler.
If there are pen stores in Budapest I could not find them.
For the fall it is off to Italy. My wife found a store in Bergamo (Casa Della Penna) that looks great, and I plan to visit the store when we are there.
In Rome, it is of course a visit with Novelli Pen. I have already been in touch with Marco. But I am going to return to Corsani Pen. Since I acquired one of their limited editions last year I wanted to revist the store. It has been a number of years since I have been there.