Welcome to Glenn's Pens
A fountain pen is permanent and not a pen that is tossed when the ink supply run drys. Phones or mobile devises we use to "write" an-email will typically be replaced with each updated version. Your fountain pen is kept for a much longer time. In fact, it probably will be passed down to others.
Writing with a fountain pen is a personal experience. The nib and the ink both give character to your writing. An experience that can not be created with a ball point or roller ball pen.
On my travels I regularly visit pen stores and I am pleased when I find a great pen store. Those are to be remembered.
My earlier travels would require looking in phone books, or asking at the hotel about the location of pen store. So 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 their selection, service, product line or atmosphere.
I thank those who have visited the site and provided recommendations of stores they have come across in their travels. Please send me a note with your thoughts on stores, pens or inks. Things change, and where a store is no longer at a location noted, a quick note back isbe greatly appreciated.
A fountain pen requires good ink. There is a wide selection of ink and not every ink performs the same every brand of pen. I provide Ink Reviews to try to help.
Each month or so, in my Pen Views column, I write about a variety of topics relating to pens. Everything from pen cases, new models, price and ink prices, or marketing trends.
Under About Pens I have included general information about fountain pens as well photos and reviews of my Pens of Note. The Pens of Note are those pens in my collection that seem I find are particularly a pen of note.
I maintain a journal when we travel. Invaluable in finding places and names. A long trip can be a confusing blur when you try to piece together details. Montegrappa put out a blurb recently how world explorer Milosz Pierwola carries a Montegrappa Extra 1930 fountain pen to update his journal.
Two things struck me. We could be taken as twins, and we both enjoy the classic Extra 1930 fountain pen.
Italy is Calling...
I am getting ready as Italy is calling again! Looking forward to linking up with Marco at Novelli Pen in Rome. We have only five days on this trip in Rome, so I will have to manage my time!
I have added a number of Delta pens, see my Pens of Note, to my collection since first meeting with the folks at their headquarters just outside of Naples. We are meeting again and I look forward to hearing about new initiatives of the company.