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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.

Pen Stores

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.

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Inks

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 von Faber Castel Cobalt Blue

Graf van Faber-Castel
Burnt Orange

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 Permanent Grey Limited Edition

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.

Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue

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.

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About Pens

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.

Pen Companies

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.

Pen Views

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.

At Novelli Pen

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

Glenn Marcus with his comb-o  notebook

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, with the exception December, from 6:30 pm at Perks at 5844 Cambie. Take the Canada Line Metro to Oakridge.

For more information on the Vancouver Pen Club contact Maja Furlong