When it comes to shopping for pens, ink, and stationery-related accessories, most people are aware of the standard pen retailers, eBay, and Amazon. But Etsy often gets overlooked. originally an online marketplace for makers to sell handcrafted goods, the mission has expanded a bit to “special, extraordinary items,” including not only handcrafted goods but small batch productions and vintage pieces. Here are some of my favorite stores.
One Star Leather Goods. Keegan is my go-to recommendation for custom leather notebook covers and other leather pen accessories. He will custom make you a notebook cover to fit your favorite brand, and his quality is top-notch. I reviewed the Baron Fig Confidant Cover he made for me a while back.
Elegant Utility. Elegant Utility makes a diverse assortment of brass and wood desk accessories, mostly for woodcase pencils. I previously reviewed the Pencil Crown, which adds weight to the back end of your uncapped woodcase pencil for a more balanced writing experience.
Duncan Shotton Design Studio. Perhaps best known for his Rainbow Pencils that made a splash on Kickstarter a few years ago, you need to check out his space-themed push pins (which I have on my corkboard in my home office) as well as his city-themed sticky page markers. My review here.
Taroko Shop. Taroko Design makes notebooks using Tomoe River paper in a variety of sizes and paper weights. They also make leather covers that will fit both their notebooks and Hobonichi Planners.
Ateleia Craft + Design. Probably the last high-quality machined pen I haven’t tried, but these are beautiful and garner rave reviews. The pens are build around either the Pilot Hi-Tec-C refill or the Pentel Energel, your choice.
18111com (Yoshi Nakama). Yoshi Nakama’s fountain pens have exploded in popularity over the past year or so, for their distinctive hand-painted designs and intricate roll-stoppers. Go see for yourself!
PenBBS Official Store. PenBBS is a Chinese pen brand that makes a wide variety of reasonably priced fountain pens in some very unique acrylics. Some of their pens are piston-fillers.
WrittenInRice Pen Wraps. You may have seen Claire’s pen wraps on pen show Instagram, but did you know she also sells on Etsy?
Working Typewriters. I drool over this store all the time, but I don’t need any more typewriters than what I already have. If you’re in the market for a restored or customized typewriter, this store should be on your list.
And, in case you think I forgot, HAPPY FOUNTAIN PEN DAY!
November 2 is Fountain Pen Day, when fountain pen enthusiasts across the country can come together to celebrate their passion! To celebrate, retailers are offering a long list of special promotions, including the following from TGS sponsors:
Steep Discounts at Appelboom, and 18% off with the Coupon Code “FPD18” at checkout.
Giveaways at Pen Chalet! In addition to giving away 10 different gift packs, Pen Chalet is running promotions and offering 10% off your order using the Coupon Code “FPDAY” at checkout.
$30 Colorverse Ink Sets from Vanness using the Coupon Code “FPD2018” at checkout.
This is only a small selection of available promotional offers! Visit the Fountain Pen Day “Sponsors” page for more details. (Deals are all the way at the bottom.)