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  • Power of the Pen

    When was the last time you penned a thank you note or signed a letter with the scripted flourish that can only come from signing your name with a gentle ribbon of ink? Chris Thompson of Oklahoma City wouldn't think of signing a check with anything but one of his exquisite handmade pens or a vintage pen. "Pens are many things co me--­artistic, functional, and practical," Thompson says. "They represent...
  • Master Penman Michael Sull Teaches at Thompson Pens

    Thompson Pens hosted a workshop on the art of Spencerian Writing on May 11, 2021. In this video, Master Penman Michael Sull, spends 10 minutes demonstrating the writing of one of our attendees name using Spencerian Writing.
  • The Reasons I Turn Replicas: An Essay

    Some of the reasons I choose to make “replica” samples of past production pens are as follows.  There will be some who do not agree with my motives and who would like me to redirect my efforts to simply making pens of my own design and “brand”.  That day may come in the future.

    A little history: 35 years ago, I was given a pen that had been turned from wood.  Even the pocket clip was fashioned by hand.  The ink refill was made...

  • One Man's Quest to Reproduce Red Hard Rubber

    The year was 1998. I was new to the hobby of fountain pen collecting. That year I was able to amass approximately 700 pens collected from individuals, garage sales, flea markets and of course, antique shops.

    I felt myself to be very lucky. The first pen I purchased was a Parker Senior Duofold in Mandarin Yellow. A little old lady who was a member of my congregation owned it as well as several other desirable pens. I offered her a grand price of $300 for the Duofold. We had a deal that we were both thrilled with. I had not yet attended a National Pen Show, nor did I have any books about the hobby. I simply purchased pens I liked and that were...
  • Parts

    HAVE YOU EVER said to yourself, “I would love to be a pen designer? I would love to take my own ideas and make a pen. I bet I could sell a million ...
  • So You Want to Turn Pens?

    Hardly a week goes by that I am not called or emailed with the question, “How do I get started turning pens?” The following tips are my simple response...
  • Fountain Pen Nib & Point Considerations

    In recent weeks there has been a lot of conversation about the subject of less-expensive nibs, which would generally mean non-precious metal nibs, warranted nibs, precious metal-plated nibs, calligraphy nibs, steel nibs, and kit pen nibs.

    The normal expectation within the fountain pen “aficionado community” is that pens costing in excess of $100 should come equipped with a nib that has come to be called a “quality nib” as opposed to one of the types of products listed above. The term “quality” refers to a nib that is made of precious metal; the nib should be tipped with...

  • Determining Value

    The following valuing categories are suggested by Paul Erano in his book, Fountain Pens Past and Present.

    When one considers the value of a specific pen, several things should be given consideration:

    1. Collectibility - Brand name recognition is important and should be given consideration, but perhaps equally as important is degree of appeal a particular pen has to you, the collector.
    2. Nib Size - Big pens, especially those with large, quality nibs, are among the most collectible fountain pens. This is why nib size figures so prominently when valuing fountain pens. I agree with Erano, but of equal importance to me is...
  • Between the Old and the New: Caught in the Middle

    I am a vintage fountain pen repairman/restorer: a hobby I came into by default.

    The year was 1996. I became interested in collecting old fountain pens. I searched for them everywhere. I found them at most every flea market and antique shop I visited. By the end of my first year of collecting, I had purchased or had been given several hundred pens. Frustration set in when I discovered that most of them, with the exception of a few Esterbrooks, a clutch of Sheaffers and Wearevers and a Parker or two, didn’t work! What an...