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Articles about the design, evolution, use, and collecting. I'm not a pen expert, assuredly not a top collector, and only dabble in calligraphy these days. I use the pens I have and enjoy them. When I started collecting pens, the Pen Collectors of America was just a glimmer out there somewhere. That was about 35 years ago. Maybe you'll find some useful information here.

I would like to build a library/archive of pen-oriented reference materials in .PDF format here on the site so that they might be available at no charge to those interested. If you have material to contribute I'd be happy to put it in the Archives folder here.

Pen Notes

  • Back When to Now
  • Selecting & Buying Your Pen
  • Pen Condition Rating Scale
  • Things to Know - Before You Use Your Fountain Pen
  • Fountain Pen Parts and Terminology
  • About Nibs
  • Care and Cleaning
  • Display and Storage
  • Leather & Hard Transport/Display Cases
  • Wood & Other Materials Chests
  • Repair & Restoration
  • Pen Manufacturers

Papers & Inks

  • Stationery and Papers
  • Reviews
  • Resources
  • Stationery & Paper
  • Journals
  • Why Cotton Paper?
  • Overview History...
  • The Papermaking Machines
  • Watermarks
  • Before Paper: Papyrus, Parchment & Vellum
  • All About Inks
  • Paper and Ink
  • My Experiences and Choices
  • Inks and Colors
  • Ink Clean-up

Pens - Evolution & Design

  • Ancient Tools
  • Dip Pens
  • Fountain Pens

Collectibles and Collecting

  • What to Collect
  • Vintage
  • Contemporary