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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.

By Subject

Know what you're interested in? Well, of course you do. If it's one of the subjects here, we have some (hopefully!) good reading and watching for you!

Buying Guides

What you need to know before you buy - what to watch out for to make sure you get the right thing for you and your needs. 

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!


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


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. 

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...
Stylus Pens and Digital Pens
I know. We love paper too. For so many things, nothing really beats paper and pen or pencil. Sometimes, though,...
Some of the Best EDC Fountain Pens
(EDC? EveryDay Carry - the stuff we carry with us to better deal with all a day can bring) For...
Cult Pens Top Ten Gifts 2023
It's very hard to pick a Top 10 when you have as many products as us. But we did it....
The Best Inks for Calligraphy
Best might not be, well, the best word to use here. After all what one person thinks are the best...