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Pencyclopedia is the reference section of Cult Pens - where you can learn more about the products we sell, the history of some of the brands we stock and types of products we have, and find lots of ideas for how to use our pens, pencils, paper, paints and more. We've written some articles that we hope will help you choose from our huge range, and we have videos with interviews and workshops.

Reference Information

Things you need to know. Well, ok, you might not need to, but knowing stuff is fun. 

Balls and Ball-Tipped Pens

(And how China learned to make them)

Famous Writers and Their Pens


We have run quite a few workshops, with some super knowledgable guests to help!


Where we talk to some super-interesting pen people!


Sometimes it's useful to know the past to understand the present. Other times, it's just interesting and fun. And there's a lot of history in our humble writing instruments.

Our Blog

Recent blog posts from Cult Pens. 

Cult Pens Visits the Sailor Factory
Sailor is one of Japan’s most popular fountain pen brands and is definitely a Cult Pens favourite. Famous for truly...
A Visit to the Traveler's Factory in Tokyo
On an unassuming street in Nakameguro, 25 minutes south of Tokyo Station, stands the original Travelers Factory. The area has...
Cult Pens Guide to Tokyo Stationery and Pen Shops
We know that Cult Pens customers love Japanese pens and stationery. From timeless writing instruments made by Sailor, Pilot and...
The Story of Benu
Benu was founded in 2016 when Alex Semanin and Kate Dmitrieva got together to make pens and accessories “for those...
History of Retro 51 and the Tornado
Retro 51 pens are quite retro in style. There’s a bit of a hint in the name, really. The name...
History of Cross
Back in the 1840s, Richard Cross, a jeweller from Birmingham, left the UK for Providence, Rhode Island, USA, where he...
Amy Loves POSCA!
I love POSCA! I mean it... I really, really love UNI POSCA paint markers. I have always had a love...
March 2024 Pen Show - it's a wrap!
As an online retailer the London Pen Show gives us a great opportunity to engage with our amazing customers and...