Welcome to Glenn's Pens
A fountain pen is one of your permanent possessions. Not something that is 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 and the pleasure of owning and using a personally selected fountain pen.
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.
Graf van Faber-Castel
Every since I acquired my Pelikan M800 Burnt Orange fountain pen last year at Novelli Pen in Rome, I have been using orange inks in the pen. To me that colour combo is great. One of the expanded colours in the Graf van Faber-Castel line of inks.
Montblanc Limited Edition Antoine de Saint-Exupréy
When I was last at Vancouver Pen, they pointed out this ink and told me this is one ink I should try. Well, once I loaded up a pen, I found the ink is a rich maroon colour. Looks good on the paper and seems to be okay for full pages of writing as well as shorter writing such as a card.
Montblanc Limited Edition Leo Tolstoy
Oh what a beautiful blue, the good think is that this is a blue I really like, the bad thing is that this is part of a limited run ink.
This section of the site includes general information about fountain pens.
I also include photes 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.
I provide information on the companies that create fountain pens. I have been fortunate to visit with a number of the pen companies in Italy and provide information on my visit to the factory and my discussions with their leaders.
Many of the pens from these companies are highlighted in my Pens of Note section.
I really like Pelikan fountain pens. Well established company. North American establishes a high prices tag for these pens. Some stores tell me too high and they have stopped carrying the lines.
Faber-Castell produces a good line of pens.
I am a admired and proud owner of a number of Montegrappa fountain pens. The iconic celluloid and sterling silver pens are banners for the company.
Delta Pen is another Italian company I have followed and in turn owned a number of their pens.
Another of the Italian companies is Visconti. I had the pleasure of visiting the company, and also owning a number of Visconti fountain pens.
Waterman is a company I hold near to my heart. The Man 100 was the foundation of my current pen collection.
From time to time 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.
Friends of mine were in Rome and spent some time at Novelli Pen, here is their video: » Shopping at Novelli
I am enjoying the Comb-o Notebook that I acquired a few years algo while in Italy. They are available on-line from comb-o.com , more information in Pen Views. I am writing with my new Delta 1982-2012 fountain pen which I have described in Pens of Note
I maintain a travel journal to record my travels. Valuable to recall places and names. Montegrappa put out a blurb about how world explorer Milosz Pierwola carries a Montegrappa Extra 1930 fountain pen to write in his journal.
We could be taken for twins! And, we both enjoy writing with the classic Extra 1930 fountain pen.
If you live in Vancouver, BC Canada, or are visiting, the Vancouver Pen Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Drop an email to the club to confirm the meeting location.