Welcome to Glenn's Pens
This web site is about pens, ink, stores, companies and the enjoyment of owning and writing with a pen of choice. I have enjoyed for many years the experience of writing with a fountain pen. Writing with a fountain pen, involves both the feel of the crafted pen in your hand, but also, the feel of the nib as it crosses the paper and the flow of the ink to create your writing - all with variations of an individual pen, nib, ink and paper.
Thieves Strike Novelli Pen in Rome
August 5, 2018 - Last weekend thieves broke into Novelli Pen in Rome and stole a
substantial number of pens. Marco has published a list of the 800 or so stolen pens.. The thieves took the pens and not the boxes or guarantee papers. Some of the pens were limited editions. So you see the pen of your dream on an on-line listing, and there is no reference to the pen having its packaging and papers, check out the list that Novelli Pen has published. Marco would appreciate hearing from you is you spot something that does not look right.
You can find the full list at this page https://tinyurl.com/yd8cq6lt Note, this list will not show on a mobile device, view it from a computer.
I am visiting with Marco next month and I will be bring some wine to drink!
I started the site many years ago to provide information on pen stores and to note those I thought were Great Pen Stores. I would arrive in a city, and in those days there were telphone books with yellow pages and I would look to see if there was a pen store. The web just changed all of that. I created a directory of pen stores as well as reviews on those stores that I found to be Great Pen Stores.
I am lucky travel to Rome on a frequent basis. When in Rome, well it means a visit with Marco and the staff of Novelli Pen. I have visited many pen stores in my travel and Novelli Pen ranks up there as amoung the best. Selection, knowledge and service.
Another store In Rome is Corsani Pen. I first visited this store many years ago. More recently, one of the apartments we rent is in the general area, and I have enjoyed once again being in store and talked with Stefano Senatore. Stefano has a good selection of pens, and is very knowledgeable. Ask to see some of the specific pens he has commissed to be created for his store. I have one, and I love it.
A trip to Paris pretty well takes place every year, and when in Paris, my go-to pen store is Plume et Bille where I always enjoy the opportunity to visit with owner Brigitte Coursen. This is a store that just seems to get it right when it comes to the pleasure of owning and using a pen.
Here in Vancouver we are lucky to have the Vancouver Pen Shop on West Hastings. Good selection, top notch knowledge of pens, and a staff that stand behind their sales with the service you expect.
In Vancouer we are fortunate to have more than one pen store, and Charals, on Robson Street is another store that offers a solid selection of pens, inks and accessories.
One of the great things about using a fountain pen is the option to use a variety of writing ink. It is no longer a workd of blue, black or blue black choices. No there is a wide range of vivid and rich colours to choose. Each ink has unique writing characteristics. I have included information and reviews in inks the secion abourt writing inks.
I include information on pen manufacturers under Companies. Over the past years I have had the opportunity to meet and tour some of the great pen manufacturers of fountain pens located in France and Italy.
I am very please to introduce an exciting new Italian pen company, Leonardo Officina Italiana. It was last fall when I met my friend Salvatore Matrone in Rome and we talked about his new venture. I also acquired a premier run of the stunning pen - Blu Abysse. This celluloid pen has an extremely smooth gold nib and I truly cherish this pen. His web site www.leonardopen.com should be up and running by the end of March/early April. You can see the current Momento Zero line on my Pen Companies Page.
I am not a vintage pen collector, although I have had the opportunity to write with some vintage pens and I am impressed with how many vintage pens write. For the most part vintage pens are too small for my hands.
I include photos and write-ups of what I refer to as my Pens of Note. These are pens in my collection and I particularly enjoy how they feel and how they write.
I met up with Salvatore Matrone who heads an exciting, relatively new pen company producing bespoke pens -- Leonardo Officina Italiana. They are producing great pens, and I am fortunate to own an absolutely stunning fountain pen - the Memento Zero. I write about that pen in my Pens of Note. I have included images of some of the lines on the Leonardo Pen page.