Articles about pens and other writing instruments

Dong Son Tourbillon by Speake-Marin

Pen Maker Grayson Tighe And Watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin Utilize Creative Dong Son Theme

It’s not just the Đông Sơn drum theme of these two quite different collector’s items by watchmaker Peter Speake-Marin and pen maker Grayson Tighe that caught my eye: it was more than that, it was the actual pieces themselves inspired by the indigenous people of the Red River Delta of Vietnam.

What a beautiful theme to decorate such rare and interesting objects with.

Fonderie 47 Cross Peerless Collector’s Edition Pen

Fonderie 47 Cross Peerless Collector’s Edition Pen Saves One Life At A Time

The Cross Peerless Fonderie 47 Collector’s Edition rollerball pen follows a limited edition fountain pen. And it, too, transforms an object of disdain into an element of hope, incorporating a bit of blackened steel from a melted-down AK-47 into the design of its cap crown. To further the message, the side of the pen’s cap reveals the unique serial number of the gun that was taken out of circulation and used to embellish the special edition pen. Its price makes it an ideal holiday gift!

Montblanc Writers Edition William Shakespeare set with fountain pen, ballpoint, rollerball and mechanical pencil

A Pen By Any Other Name: Montblanc’s Writers Edition William Shakespeare

In an insightful move Montblanc chose this year, the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare death (or what the company delicately calls the “anniversary of his life’s achievements”), to honor him with an annual Writers Edition limited edition pen full of symbolism.

Astronaut on the Caran d'Ache and MB&F Astrograph

Ground Control To Major Tom, “Help Is On Its Way!”: Astrograph By Caran d’Ache and MB&F

Caran d’Ache is a Geneva-based manufacture of pencils and fountain pens. And Caran d’Ache is a manufacture in the true sense of the word ― much like MB&F, one of today’s most forward-thinking watch brands. Even though the two manufactures generally exhibit very different design language, they have come together more than successfully for the exceptional Astrograph, a pen that is also an MB&F Machine.

An overview of the author's Italian period fountain pens

My Quest For My Ultimate Fountain Pen Part 2: The Italian Period

Italians have the gift of making even the most common object look great. They can even make a coffee grinder with enough sex appeal to make Tom Jones jealous! For a relatively small country, Italy still has quite a few fountain pen manufacturers. And I think that I have tried products from almost all of them!

Faber-Castell Pen of the Year 2016 with beautiful Maki-e Japanese artwork

Graf von Faber-Castell Pen Of The Year 2016

The Graf von Faber-Castell collection – or “Graf” as it’s known to pen buffs – is Faber-Castell’s top-of-the-line series of pens; it includes premium writing instruments, like the recently released Pen of the Year, among others. The Pen of the Year for 2016 was inspired by Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, a 1,441-room residence that became the cultural and political center of the Hapsburg Empire.

Montblanc For BMW Centennial Fountain Pen

Montblanc For BMW Centennial Fountain Pen: Celebrating The BMW 7 Series Jubilee Edition Next 100 Years

Beginning in September, a Montblanc for BMW Centennial Fountain Pen will accompany each of the 100 new BMW 7 Series Jubilee Edition The Next 100 Years autos purchased at BMW dealerships. The distinctive design of the car’s Merino leather interior is replicated on the intricate grid design of the pen’s cap and barrel. What else is special about this writing instrument? Read on to find out.

Colorful fountain pen collection

My Quest For The Ultimate Fountain Pen Part 1: The All-Over-The-Place Period

My personal quest for the ultimate fountain pen began unexpectedly and over the following decades I learned many things, including: nothing compares to writing with a gold nib! Join me on part 1 of my personal fountain pen journey, which includes an inherited piece, a demonstrator, over-the-top colors, and cloisonné enamel.

Engraved gold nib of the Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black Special Edition

Montblanc Meisterstück Ultra Black Special Edition

The past few years have seen the steady rise of the all-black watch, but this color trend is also in fashion and home décor . . . and at least one exceptional pen. Leave it to Montblanc to shake things up a bit with the latest introduction reaching Montblanc boutiques this month: the Meisterstück Ultra Black Special Edition.

Grayson Tighe Series 5 for Blancpain

Blancpain’s Pen Pal: Canadian Pen Maker Grayson Tighe

A watch brand adding writing instruments to its repertoire is not breaking news, but it is notable when a company focuses the same amount of attention and care on its pens as it does on its watches. Such was the case when almost ten years ago now, Blancpain engaged Canadian pen designer and maker Grayson Tighe to produce its writing instruments.