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.
A talk on the great Italian pen companies. June 2014 - Vancouver Pen Club.
Which of your pens are "not for sale". Members of the Vancouver Pen Club talk about and show the pens that are truly special, and never for sale!
» Pen Views
OMAS Extra Lucens 2013
I have my fingers crossed on this. There are only 331 of these pens. My wife has already contacted Marco at Novelli Pen in Rome and I am hoping to pick up this baby when we are there.
Chatterley Star Collection: Tidalpool
» A stunning pen now part of my Pens of Note
In June 2012 I had visited with the Louis Vuitton Cabinet d'Ecriture - a store created for one year to celebrate the art of written correspondence. Read More.