Welcome to Glenn's Pens

A fountain pen is one of your permanent possessions. Not something that is tossed when the ink runs dry. There is an attachment to your pen. Your pen is personal. Not only is owning a fountain pen personal, but writing with a fountain pen is a personal experience. The nib responds to the hand. The ink selected gives your writing a personal characteristic.

I am an avid user of fountain pens, and Glenn's Pens is all about fountain pens, inks, stores and companies and the pleasure of owning and using a personally selected fountain pen.

Thieves Strike Novelli Pen in Rome

August 5, 2018 - Last weekend thieves broke into Novelli Pen in Rome and stole a substantial number of pens. Marco has published a list of the 800 or so stolen pens. The thieves took the pens and not the boxes or guarantee papers. Some of the pens were limited editions. So you see the pen of your dream on an on-line listing, and there is no reference to the pen having its packaging and papers, check out the list that Novelli Pen has published. Marco would appreciate hearing from you is you spot something that does not look right.

You can find the full list at this page https://tinyurl.com/yd8cq6lt Note, this list will not show on a mobile device, view it from a computer.

I am visiting with Marco next month and I will be bring some wine to drink!

Pen Stores

I visit pen stores when I travel, and I find some to be what I consider a great pen store. In my earlier travels, when I would arrive in a city, I would be looking in phone books, or asking at the hotel front desk about the possible location of pen stores.

I started collecting names and addresses of pen stores and published a listing - Directory of Stores. The first list was created some 20 years ago.

I also created a list of Great Pen Stores/Stores of Note. Recommended as such because of the selection, service, product line or atmosphere of the store.

I thank those who visit the site and provide recommendations of pen stores they have come across. Please send me a note with your thoughts on stores, pens or inks. Updates are greatly appreciated. Things change, in terms of store locations, and sadly, stores do close. All updates are greatly appreciated.




Fountain pens require ink.

Luckily, there is a wide selection of ink and not every ink performs the same with every brand of pen. I provide Ink Reviews to try to help.

Of course colours differ by monitors, but hopefully the reviews will be found helpful.


Graf von Faber Castel Cobalt Blue

Shikiori by Sailor

This is a relatively new line of ink from Sailor. My first two colours have arrive and I am really enjoying using the ink.

> Ink Review & Information



Edelstein Olivine

Edelstein Ink of the Year

For 2018, the ink of the year is a beautiful green - Olivine. Production is limited to 2018. I really like this colour and stocked up on a supply.

» Ink Review & Information


Montlbanc Lucky Orange

Montblanc Limited Edition Lucky Orange

Life can be cruel. Here I have been searching for the perfecft orange ink and I found it.... Montblanc Lucky Orange. This is one of their limited edition inks.


About Pens

This section of the site includes general information about fountain pens. 

I also include photes and reviews of my  Pens of Note.   These are the pens in my collection that I particularly enjoy how they feel to hold and my writing experience.

Stipula Corsani

Visconti Corsani

I really like this pen. In September 2017 I met with Stefano Senatore of Corsani Pen in Rome and he showed me his newest pen, The Octagonal. Now I have new goal!

Visconti Medici

Visconti Medici

I acquired this pen when I visited Novelli in 2017. When Marco showed me this pen, it went into the "pens I want" tray.

» Review of the Medici

elikan Souveran 800 Renaissance

Pelikan Souverän Renaissance Brown. When visit Novelli Pen in Rome I just had to leve the store with this beautiful special edition of the M800 Line.

» Reviews and photos


Momento Zero

Leonardo Officina Italiana - Momento Zero

» Review and photos


Pen Companies

I provide information on the companies that create fountain pens. I have been fortunate to visit with a number of the pen companies in Italy and provide information on my visit to the factory and my discussions with their leaders.

Many of the pens from these companies are highlighted in my Pens of Note section.



Maiora Pen has revived the Nettuno 1911 line of pens. The pens are starting to be available in various pen stores.

» Nettuno 1911


I am a admired and proud owner of a number of Montegrappa fountain pens. The iconic celluloid and sterling silver pens are banners for the company.

Delta Pen has run into difficulties and as of the late summer 2017 has ceased its operations. This is a big loss for the pen community.


I am so pleased to introduce and provide information on Leonardo Officina Italiana.

» Leonardo Pens.

Pen Views

From time to time I write about a topic that captures my interest in my Pen Views column. Everything from pen cases, new models, price and ink prices, or marketing trends.

At Novelli Pen

Friends of mine were in Rome and spent some time at Novelli Pen, here is their video: » Shopping at Novelli

Glenn Marcus with his comb-o  notebook

I am enjoying the  Comb-o Notebook that I acquired a few years algo while in Italy. They are available on-line from comb-o.com , more information in Pen Views


Milosz Pierwola

I maintain a travel journal to record my travels. Valuable to recall places and names. Montegrappa put out a blurb about how world explorer Milosz Pierwola carries a Montegrappa Extra 1930 fountain pen to write in his journal.

We could be taken for twins! And, we both enjoy writing with the classic Extra 1930 fountain pen.

Vancouver Pen Club

If you live in Vancouver, BC Canada, or are visiting, the Vancouver Pen Club meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Drop an email to the club to confirm the meeting location.