Welcome to Glenn's Pens
A fountain pen is one of your permanent possessions. Not a pen tossed when the ink runs dry. There is an attachment to your pen. Your pen is personal.
Not only is owning a fountain pen personal, but writing with a fountain pen is a personal experience. The nib responds to the hand. The ink selected gives your writing a personal characteristic.
I am an avid user of fountain pens, and Glenn's Pens is all about fountain pens, inks, stores and companies.
I visit pen stores when I travel, and I find some to be what I consider a great pen store. In my earlier travels, when I would arrive in a city, I would be looking in phone books, or asking at the hotel front desk about the possible location of pen stores. I started collecting names and addresses of pen stores and published a listing - Directory of Stores. The first list was created some 20 years ago.
I also created a list of Great Pen Stores/Stores of Note. Recommended as such because of the selection, service, product line or atmosphere of the store.
I thank those who visit the site and provide recommendations of pen stores they have come across. Please send me a note with your thoughts on stores, pens or inks. Updates are greatly appreciated. Things change, in terms of store locations, and sadly, stores do close. All updates are greatly appreciated.
Fountain pens require ink. Luckily, there is a wide selection of ink and not every ink performs the same with every brand of pen. I provide Ink Reviews to try to help. Of course colours differ by monitors, but hopefully the reviews will be found helpful.
Kyo-iro ink from Japan
Kyo-iro, also known as Kyo-no-oto inks are made in Kyoto Japan. Crafted from traditional Japnese dyeing techniques. These are water-based inks, for use in fountain pens. Interesting colours, with so far a beautiful blue-black and a moss green.
Montblanc Limited Edition Permanent Grey
Here is a case where I got invited to the party rather late! This ink, which in a Limited Edition to celebrate Meisterstück 90th Anniversary, I only got to try half way through 2016. It has a darker tone than many greys, and I like it. Yes, it is permanent!
See Inks .
Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue
Rounding my blues, this is a solid colour and I really enjoy the slanted bottle design. Good tall bottle, best for filling a pen.
Each month or so, I write about a topic that captures my interest in my Pen Views column. Everything from pen cases, new models, price and ink prices, or marketing trends.
This section of the site includes general information about fountain pens and photos and reviews of my Pens of Note. These are the pens in my collection that I particularly enjoy how they feel to hold and my writing experience.
Feb 2016 - sad news, The Chinese owners of OMAS Pen of Italy have decided they will not sell the company, but rather to close OMAS. I have seen comments that they retain the rights to name. Take care of your original made in Italy OMAS pens.