Welcome to Glenn's Pens
A fountain pen is an expression of you.
In an era of toss away and replaceable items, your fountain pen becomes one of your permanent possessions. From the moment you select your pen, to the pleasure of its ongoing use, there is an attachment you build with your pen. Your pen is personal. After all, your pen so very personal. The writing experience is personal and depending on the nib, it actually changes to reflect how you hold and use your pen.
If communication is a personal experience, a fountain pen is a fine accompaniment to this process.
Not only does the nib responds to your use, but the selected ink gives your writing a very 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. I hope you find the information on this site useful.,
Your Writing Experience
Your writing experience is a combination of your pen, the selection of ink and the paper you use. Fountain pens bring these three elements together seamlessly.
The pen, its size and shape determines how you hold the pen in your hand. A pen too big or small impacts how the nib rests on the paper and the writing line you will create. Fountain pens have a variety of nib options. While the ball of ball point pen is very similar; here, the fountain pen stands unique. From fine, medium, broad or stub the pen nib gives character to your pen strokes. Nibs can be firm or have flex... more options to make your pen and reflection of you.
Inks come in a variety of colours. The writing results vary from colours and tones that show shading as you write to a consistent line of colour. The colour! Oh the colours that are available enhance the writing experience.
Paper has its own characteristics and is an important part of the writing experience. The tactile experience of the receiver in the holding the paper is never to be underestimated.
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.
Plume et Bille - The art of the card
Plume et Bille, in Paris, brings together the style of pens, paper, ink and related accessories. The art of writing and connecting with others. When I received a card at Christmas, complete with a Plume & Bille stamp - well a new level has been attained! Christmas is a time when we reach out to others, but that can take place at any time. Use your tools, a pen, ink and paper. Need inspiration with the tools, next time in Paris, visit Plume & Bille.
Edelstein Ink of the Year
For 2019, Ruby Star is the Ink of the Year. This is a beautiful bright red ink.
Vancouver Pen Club Leonardo Officina Italiana Memento Zero
The pens have arrived.. They are stunning. The Sand Resin has beautiful variation of tones, and stripes which accent the length of the pen.
A wide range of pen enthusiasts make up the Vancouver Pen Club. Monthly meetings allow member to share their knowledge and passion about pens.
For pen users, there is the enjoyment of rotating pens so that you entire collection gets a use. Same goes for ink. This bottle found its way for use this week. I remember why I liked it. A beautiful blue. Don't we misled by cotton swab samples, they make the ink look too washed out. But in a pen, a beautiful blue.
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 now own the stunning Crevinia Trasparente fountain pen. I will be add my review shortly to the site. This is an 80 year old celluloid pen. When at Novelli Pen in Rome when I saw the Crevinia Trasparente I just knew that had to be my pen.
The Leonard line of pens is a fine example of high quality Italian craftmanship. The pens are excellent value. The Grande line was added in the Fall 2019. I provide a review of the Momento Zero Grande, Sand.
Leonardo Officina Italiana, Momento Zero, Vancouver Pen Club
Leonardo Officina Italiana creates an exclusive pen for the Vancouver Pen club.
Leonardo Officina Italiana continues to be an innovative pen company. At the beginning of 2020 they issued the Messenger Collection. Since 2020 has 366 days, the production is limited to 366 pens in each of the five colours (green, red, carmel, aqua and orange).
SCRIBO, formed by former employees of OMAS, have created the Feel line of pens. A great writing experience.
I have had the pleasure of meeting with Luca Baglione, CEO & Co-Founder. Information about the company is included at the link below..
You have heard about the battle in Italy with the Covid-19 Virus. Here is an way to help yourself by getting an extraordinary pen, and donate to help Italy. Scribo has decided to make a special edition of the FEEL fountain pen - a special edition of 52 pieces - FEEL TOGETHER.
This is the beautiful blue/black model but fitting with a special nib cut on a 52 degree angle. Your want to write with character. This is it.
For each fountain pen sold, Scribo donates 50% of their profit to the Fondazione Sant’Orsola in Bologna to support the “Più forti INSIEME” fundraising project. As an owner of a couple of FEEL pens I can say, you will never regret owning one of those pens. So you win getting an extraordinary pen, and you help the people of Italy.
Click image to go to the Scribo website with information on this pen and its special 50 degree nib.
Returned from Italy at the end of the September 2018 brining back an exciting new pen by Leonardo Officina Italiana - the Furore.
First Looks Vancouver Pen Club Momento Zero
The Vancouver Pen Club selected the Momento Zero to be the 2020 Club Pen. We are in the final stages of the order and the January Meeting will be very exciting as the limited production of 26 pens is distributed to the members purchasing the pen. The solid rod of resin, known as Sand, has beautiful colours. The lines in the resin ryn the length of the pen and create a visual pull. The pen was ordered with Steel and 14 kt gold nibs. Full review coming after the distribution.
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.
Maiora Pen has revived the Nettuno 1911 line of pens. The pens are now available in various pen stores.
Luca (CEO), Flaminia (Designer) and Glenn at SCRIBO offices in Bologna.
» Review of the SCRIBO FEEL fountain pen
Last year I had the opportunity to meet with Salvatore Matrone of Leonardo Officina Italiana at their workshop that is located near Naples. Leonardo Pen has developed to be a remarkable pen company. The three lines of pens, Momento Zero, Furore and now the Momento Zero Grande are well designed and nade pens. I had the pleasure to meet with Salvatore in Rome in September 2019. An update and the review of the Momento Zero Grande pen will be published in October.
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.
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.