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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.

Inks

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.

Graf von Faber Castel Cobalt Blue

Graf von Faber Castel Cobalt Blue

Everyone once in a while a truly great blue comes around. This is my current top blue ink.

Montblanc Twilight Blue

Mopntblanc Limited Edition Twilight Blue

I am really enjoying this blue, but as Limited Edition release, I know it will not be around forever. Enjoy it while I can use it!

Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue

Caran d'Ache Magnetic Blue

Rounding my my blues, this is a solid colour and I really enjoy the slanted bottle design. Good tall bottle, best for filling a pen.

 

Pen Views

Each month or so, I write about a topic that captures my intereset in my Pen Viewscolumn. 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.