Articles about pens and other writing instruments

The Four Seasons by Timothy John for Montegrappa

Montegrappa And Contemporary Artist Timothy John Create Four Seasons

Contemporary visual artist Timothy John, whose works have been exhibited both widely throughout his native Australia and internationally, recently took his nature-inspired themes to a much smaller canvas: a Montegrappa pen. Nancy Olson asked him a few questions regarding his thoughts about handwriting in general and, of course, this unusual project for him, which began when he reached out to Montegrappa CEO Giuseppe Aquila to pitch it.

Breguet fountain pen with cap on and off

Breguet: The Pen Whisperer

When it comes to a brand like Breguet, one expects nothing but the very best in every aspect of its representation. So I figured its pens, like its recent jewelry collections, would be solid and elegant expressions of the company’s overriding sense of quality and innovation. I was right.

Hand drawn Seahorse cards by Bernard Maisner

Looking For An Extraordinary Gift? Try Bernard Maisner’s Luxury Stationery

Once you get hooked on a great pen, the next step on the road to ruin is great paper. There are numerous options and a plethora of sources from which to choose, from plain bound journals to highly designed note cards and custom stationery. One coveted source of high-end stationery is New York-based artist Bernard Maisner.

It is easier to appreciate the details in this large scale Montblanc nib

The Height Of Fine Writing: On Location With Montblanc Fine Writing Instruments

Making the nib of a fountain pen – the point of the instrument that directs the ink – does not differ much from working precious metals to be used as watch components, but it does entail a heck of a lot of work done by hand. The nib alone needs about 40 steps until completion; making a whole pen, including barrel, cap, feed and, of course the nib, takes about 200 individual steps.

Hermès Nautilus pen

Hermès Puts Pen To Paper With The Nautilus

Hermès, whose 177-year-old roots are in saddles and harnesses, has “grown up” to become a multifaceted luxury brand whose oeuvre today includes leather goods, fragrances, serious watches . . . and now the new Nautilus pen collection, which was designed by Marc Newson in conjunction with Pierre-Alexis Dumas.

The Caran d'Ache Caelograph which can indicate the positions of the stars and constellations

Swiss Made: Geneva’s Caran d’Ache Soon To Celebrate A Century

Meet Caran d’Ache, a fully Swiss made, completely traditional pen and pencil manufacture located right in the heart of Geneva. This family-owned, family-run business operates like a watch manufacture. Indeed, the haute écriture products emerging from the workshops are at times comparable as unique works of art. Like the just plain amazing Caelograph, which allows one to see the position of the stars and the constellations.

Just a few of the pens in Nancy Olson's collection of fine writing instruments

Putting The ‘Quill’ In Quill & Pad: Introducing Resident ‘Pen Expert’ Nancy Olson

Today we introduce the latest resident writer to Quill & Pad, one who literally puts the “quill” into it! Nancy Olson has been an advocate of pens and the art of handwriting for twenty-five years, as well as probably the foremost authority on fine writing instruments, and we have the immense pleasure of adding yet another layer to our repertoire of luxury journalism and musings.