Omas Pen launched to mark Shakespeare milestone

A Limited Edition pen is soon to be launched to mark this year’s significant Shakespeare milestone. Italian luxury pen makers Omas are creating the special writing instruments, which will go on sale on the 450th anniversary of his birth on April 23, under licence from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

The intricately-decorated pen, engraved with a range of images associated with the world’s greatest playwright, is made from oak and antique silver, with a cap showing the imprint of Shakespeare’s signet ring.


Only 450 Fountain Pens will be created, each retailing at £1,975, with a Rollerball being available at £1,965 and a solid gold version being made on demand for those enthusiasts who can afford the £38,000 retail price.

“This is an exquisite writing instrument which we expect to be snapped up by collectors all over the world – we have even chosen the limited edition number in celebration of the Shakespeare anniversary,” said John Hall, who is the UK distributor for manufacturers Omas.

He has worked with the Italian firm, which specialises in limited editions, and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust to design the pen.

“We are very grateful to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust for allowing us access to their archives and treasures over the last few months whilst researching and developing the project – it has been a fascinating process and we are all delighted with the finished product,” John commented.


Decorated with friezes from Shakespeare’s time, the pen is also hand-engraved with a reproduction of one the most famous portraits of the playwright and a line from the original parish register marking his baptism: ‘Gulielmus filius Johannes Shakspere.’

Sue Croxford, Head of Retail at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We were delighted to work with John Hall and Omas to create a rare and beautiful pen for this milestone anniversary – it is a fitting choice to honour our greatest writer. The design and decoration reflects some of the priceless treasures from our world-class collections related to Shakespeare’s works life and times here in Stratford-upon-Avon.”

John Hall added: “Shakespeare created art through his writing and enriched the English language with many turns of phrase which remain current today. His pen was therefore the perfect witness to his greatness so this is a very appropriate way to commemorate the 450th anniversary of his birth.”

To pre-order this limited edition series please Contact Us.

Northern Pen Show Chester

This Sunday on the 13th of April The Pen Shop are thrilled to be attending the Northern Pen Show at the Queen Hotel in Chester. After the success of showing at the North East Pen Show for the last two years we are excited to be joining UK Pen Shows Limited at another event.

At the pen show we will be showcasing our new Dex by Kingsley Fountain Pen and Ink Liner pens. If you want to develop good habits so your handwriting shows confidence, or to express creative ideas through a flow of writing, there’s a pen in the Dex by Kingsley range for you. With a range of styles for all ages and a wide range of bright fashion colours, there’s plenty of choice in the Dex range to make your pen, and your handwriting, your own. View our Dex range online Here


UK Pen Shows Limited have been staging friendly, intimate pen shows around the UK for the last seven years and now have a collection of six well respected shows around the country. The shows are recognised as being ideal for first time pen show attendees and new collectors as they are so relaxed and the dealers can take the time to chat with collectors at length.

UK Pen Shows are owned and organised by two friends who share a love of fountain pens. Jeremy Collingridge and Ian Williamson are both members of the Writing Equipment Society having both served the organisation as council members for many years. UK Pen Shows is a labour of love and the aim for each show is to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for both visitors and dealers.

Visit for more information on upcoming Pen Show’s.

Montblanc celebrates 90 years of its iconic Meisterstück

Iconic since 1924, Montblanc’s Meisterstück celebrates 90 years of achievement.

Timeless, the fountain pen has long become a symbol of the brand values: finest craftsmanship, traditional manufacturing techniques, precious materials, refined aesthetics and best functionality. The Meisterstück ranks among the world’s most famous luxury icons. Today, it also continues to assert Montblanc’s savoir-faire and vision for the future of luxury writing instruments.

Manufactured in Hamburg since 1924, the Meisterstück truly embodies Montblanc’s quest for perfection. Over the years, it became the meaningful companion of generations of scholars and scientists, poets and artists, statesmen and industry leaders alike. Its sophisticated character further turned it into a unique writing instrument: more, a reference.

Montblanc 90 years pen

True to the “Meisterstück spirit”, Montblanc unveils its Meisterstück Collection: a unique selection of sensual leather goods, meticulously crafted timepieces, refined jewellery and of course a new Meisterstück writing instrument collection that further ‘writes’ the story of such a timeless icon. The Collection celebrates 90 years of the spirit of Meisterstück, introducing icons for the time to come.

Crafted in Hamburg, every nib is hand-sculpted from solid gold by master craftsmen that oversee 35 skilled steps before an additional 70 steps are required to assemble and further test the unmistakable Meisterstück. A minute attention to detail has been further enhanced for the 90th years.

With the Meisterstück 90 Years collection of Fountain Pens, one can discover special red gold nibs and a limited time special engravings on them.

Montblanc 90 years cufflinks

Designed in Paris, a curated set of bracelets, key rings and timeless cuff links with a unique bar motif in onyx further translate the new Meisterstück Collection into timeless accessories.

Within this 90 years Meisterstück Collection, one also finds refined leather goods crafted in Montblanc’s Pelletteria in Florence, at the very heart of revered Italian leather traditions. Designed out of supple calfskin, the Soft Grain collection highlights the best Italian leather qualities.

The collection celebrates 90 years of the spirit of Meisterstück, introducing icons for the time to come.

View Montblanc’s Meisterstück celebrates 90 years limited edition series Here