Welcome to Glenn's Pens
Welcome to Glenn's Pens
This web site is about pens, ink, stores, companies and the enjoyment of owning and writing with a pen of choice.
For many years, I have enjoyed the experience of writing with a fountain pen. Writing with a fountain pen, provides the experience of the feel of the crafted pen in your hand, the feel of the nib as it slides across the paper, the look and character of the flow of the ink as you write. All these experiences differ by pen, ink or paper.
I provide information on pen stores as they are an important part of pen ownership. Real one-on-one communication and trying out of pens. Sometimes on-line ordering is the only option, or it is right for replacement items, but the pen store provides a real human experience.
Of course after the pen, ink is such a defining part of pen use. Each ink seems to have its own relationship with each pen and nib. There are colour choices like never before.
I provide information about the companies that create and manufacture fountain pens. I have been fortunate enough to have visited a number of the factories or workshops.
And, of course I like to talk about pens. I have a section of my Pens of Note, the pens that standout out for me.
I started the site many years ago to provide information on pen stores and to note those I thought were Great Pen Stores. I would arrive in a city, and in those days there were telphone books with yellow pages and I would look to see if there was a pen store. The web just changed all of that. I created a directory of pen stores as well as reviews on those stores that I found to be Great Pen Stores.
I am lucky travel to Rome on a frequent basis. When in Rome, well it means a visit with Marco and the staff of Novelli Pen. I have visited many pen stores in my travel and Novelli Pen ranks up there as amoung the best. Selection, knowledge and service.
Another store In Rome is Corsani Pen. I first visited this store many years ago. More recently, we have been renting an apartment in the general area, and I have enjoyed being able to "opo over" and talk with Stefano Senatore. Stefano has a good selection of pens, and is very knowledgeable. Ask to see some of the specific pens he has commissed to be created for his store. I have one, the Visconti 90, and I love it.
A trip to Paris pretty well takes place every year, and when in Paris, my go-to pen store is Plume et Bille where I always enjoy the opportunity to visit with owner Brigitte Coursen. This is a store that just seems to get it right when it comes to the pleasure of owning and using a pen.
Here in Vancouver we are lucky to have the Vancouver Pen Shop on West Hastings. Good selection, top notch knowledge of pens, and a staff that stand behind their sales with the service you expect.
In Vancouer we are fortunate to have more than one pen store, and Charals, on Robson Street is another store that offers a solid selection of pens, inks and accessories.
One of the great things about using a fountain pen is the option to use a variety of writing ink. It is no longer a workd of blue, black or blue black choices. No there is a wide range of vivid and rich colours to choose. Each ink has unique writing characteristics. I have included information and reviews in inks the secion abourt writing inks.
Edelstein Smoky Quartz
This was Pelikan's 2017 Ink of the Year, and it is still a favorite of mine when it comes to writing with a brown ink.
Edelstein Olivine Green
Pelikan 2018 Ink of the Year is a very attractive greenh, Olivine.
The Shikiori line of inks are beautiful, but they come in a very small bottle.
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.
Leonardo Officina Italiana is a relatively new company that is rocking the pen world! They are producing extremely high quality, well designed pens, at reasonable appropriate price points. Last fall I met my friend Salvatore Matrone in Rome to talk about his new venture. I have acquired a premier run of the stunning pen - Momento Zero, Blu Abyss. This celluloid pen has an extremely smooth gold nib and I truly cherish this pen. You can see the current Momento Zero line on my Pen Companies Page. A good contact to acquire a pen is Marco at Novelli Pen in Rome. He carries both the Limited and Regular edition pens.
In September 2018 when I was in Rome I had the pleasure of meeting Luca Baglione of Scrittura Bolognese, a new pen company known as SCRIBO. Their by-line is "feel the writing" and I have had the pleasure of writing with some of their pens and writing with a SCRIBO pen will be an experience you enjoy.
» My review of FEEL, the new line of fountain pens being issued in November 2018
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.
The new Furore, a beautiful pen in resin designed and created by Leonardo Officina Italiana.
Momento Zero, Vintage Brown is one of the new pens in the Memoto Zero line from Leonardo Officiana Italian.
I am really enjoying this pen i acquired at Novelli Pen in Rome. Marco knows me well, and when he showed me this pen, well we both knew this is a pen that I just had to have. I am happy to add it to my Montegrappa Extra Otto collection.
» Review in progress