Welcome to Glenn's Pens
A web site about the pleasures of owning and writing with a pen of choice. Information on fountain pens, ink, stores, companies and paper.
Owning and writing with a fountain pen makes a difference.
Owning a fountain pen is something permanent. While the smart phone or tablet that we use to "write" an-email will be replaced within a few years, your fountain pen is something you keep for much longer. In fact, it may 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 on the page. It is a experience in writing that can not be created with a ball point or roller ball pen.
Pen Stores & Great Pen Stores
On my travels I always try to find a great pen store. My earlier travels would require looking in phone books, or asking at the hotel. So I started collecting names and addresses of stores that sell fountain pens and published a listing - Directory of Stores.
For those stores that I thought were great, or of note, I created a Great Store list - Great Pen Stores/Stores of Note. For these stores, their selection, service, product line or atmosphere create an experience of note.
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.
Above: My new OMAS 360 Vintage in Teal has arrived. What a pleasure to write with.
Above: the iconic Dolcevita by Delta
In 2012 when I was In Italy I has the pleasure of visiting with with the folks at Delta Pen. Their approach to crafting a Delta pen involves a fair amount of handwork. The Dolcevita, pictured above, is what I think is an iconic Italian fountain pen.
- A write-up of the visit and how Delta crafts its pens
- The Delta Rediscover Pompeii is now a "Pen of Note" in my collection
- The Dolcevita with a new Fusion Nib from Delta
2012 marks the 30th Anniversary for Delta Pen, and watch for exciting new pens with their new Fusion Nib.
The pen stores can only sell the pens that are made, and I list information on the major pen companies. This includes links to articles on those companies that I have had the pleasure to visit.