Welcome to Glenn's Pens

A fountain pen is a permanent possession you own, and not a pen that is tossed when the ink supply run drys. You build an attachment with your pen. I often hear a pen owner tell how a particular pen used to be a pen owned by a parent, and then passed down. Pens have meaning.

Not only is owning a fountain pen personal, but writing with a fountain pen is a personal experience. The nib and the ink selected both give writing a personal characteristic.

Glenn's Pens is all about pens, with emphasize on fountain pens.

Pen Stores

On my travels I visit pen stores. Some are great pen stores because of the experience. In my earlier travels when I arrivedin a city I would be looking in phone books, or asking at the hotel front desk about the location of pen store. 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 provid recommendations of pen stores they 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, store closings.


A fountain pen requires 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. Of course colours differ by monitors, but the hopefully the reviews will be found helpful.

Pen Views

Each month or so, I write about a topic that captures my intereset in my Pen Views column. Everything from pen cases, new models, price and ink prices, or marketing trends.

About Pens

This section of the site includes 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 are consistently at the front of the line in my rotation of pens to use.

Pen Stores

Friends of mine were in Rome and spent some time at Novelli Pen, here is there video:

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Charals and Graf von Faber-Castell Boutique Opens in Vancouver

Charals Graf von Faber-Castell Boutique

Executives of Faber-Castell were in Vancouver for the opening of the first West-Coast Graf von Faber-Castell Boutique in North America. This is one of four Faber-Castell Boutiques in Canada.

A beautiful new store for Charals with high ceilings, soft comforting lighting.

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An important part of owning a fountain pen is enjoying the process of getting the right ink for the right pen.

Graf von Faber Castel Cobalt Blue

Graf von Faber-Castell

A regular theme is the question, wht is the best blue ink. For me is is a bold dark colour. Cobalt blue is one of my favorites.



This line of inks is very popular, despite the high price.

shin-kai is a beautiful dark blue.

The Vancouver Pen Club Delta Fountain Pen


The Vancouver Pen Club commissioned Delta to produce twenty-five fountain pens for its members. Working with YAFA, Delta's representative for North America, the pen has been designed, created and now shipped.

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Glenn Marcus with OMAS 360 Vintage writing in his travel journal in Rome.

I am enjoying my new Comb-o Notebook I acquired while in Italy. They are available on-line from comb-o.com , more information in 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. Important to document what I have seen, and very valuable to recall places and names. Without a travel journal the details can just blur.

Montegrappa put out a blurb how world explorer Milosz Pierwola carries a Montegrappa Extra 1930 fountain pen to write in his journal.

Milosz Pierwola

Two things struck me. We could be taken as twins! And, we both enjoy writing with the classic Extra 1930 fountain pen. This year, the Extra 1930 in Turtle Brown was the pen I used the most to write in my travel journal.

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