The Pen that destroyed an AK-47, from Cross

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This Cross special-edition rollerball pen supports Fonderie 47’s efforts to help stop gun violence in war-torn regions of Africa by removing assault rifles from circulation. The design is inspired by the AK47 itself. Each pen features black PVD plating with 23KT gold-plated appointments, a moniker disk of transformed steel from an AK47 destroyed in Africa, and the unique serial number of a gun destroyed to create it. Your purchase funds the destruction of one more AK47. Carry, use, and display it as a symbol of hope and change.

In the last 20 years, ongoing wars on the African continent have resulted in the loss of millions of lives. This conflict has largely been enabled due to widespread availability of assault rifles. Cross has partnered with Fonderie 47 to help make a difference by reducing the supply of assault rifles in these war-struck areas.

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Fonderie 47 envision an Africa free from the fear of assault rifles. Today, millions of assault rifles plague Africa. Responsible for countless deaths, they enable and exacerbate violence against women and children, cause mis-allocation of resources and prevent economic growth. Global and local leadership must be fostered and inspired to address the presence and use of these weapons.

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While traveling on business in Africa, social entrepreneur and Fonderie 47 creator Peter Thum saw firsthand the effects of this war and witnessed a world where it was normal for children to carry guns. This inspired him to take action. His purpose: to get significant numbers of guns out of circulation in Africa and to engage influences around the world to join him. Many said it could not be done.

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In 2009, Peter founded Fonderie 47, a company dedicated to transforming AK47s into beautiful and exclusive luxury objects. To date, Fonderie 47 has helped to destroy over 50,000 assault rifles in Africa.

The first step to creating beautiful objects to fund the cause was to procure the AK47 guns. The Fonderie 47 team spent a year and a half in the Kivu province of Africa negotiating to take legal possession of confiscated assault weapons. After encountering barrier after barrier, their perseverance finally paid off.

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The next step was to find a local blacksmith to melt the AK47s down into smaller pieces. Once these guns had been destroyed the team carried the pieces back to New York in their luggage.

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Back in Brooklyn, they built a forge and had a local blacksmith reconstitute them. From there, a micro-foundry rolled the steel into sheets that could be transformed into signature Fonderie 47 pieces.

The craftsmen at Cross used this blackened AK47 gunmetal to create the fine detail work in the cap inset of the Peerless Fonderie pens.

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Features

  • For every pen purchased, one gun is taken off the streets of Africa
  • Pen body featuring unique design cues taken from an AK 47
  • Each pen is engraved with a unique serial number from an AK 47
  • Gunmetal PVD with 23 Ct gold plated appointments
  • Width: 0.52 inches / 13.2 mm, Length: 6.16 inches / 156 mm, Weight: 1.5 oz / 43 grams
  • Comes with a single black refill
  • Luxury Gift Box with a Fonderie 47 themed sleeve and authenticity card
  • Lifetime Mechanical Guarantee

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New Store: St Pancras International

We are delighted to announce we are opening our 20th shop in St Pancras International railway station on Monday 9th May.

Set within one of the most famous Victorian buildings in London, the flagship shop is intended to provide a convenient way for shoppers and commuters to browse products and collect orders reserved online.

The shop, which is open from 7.30am to 9pm Monday to Saturday and 9am to 7pm on Sundays, will stock a full range of luxury brands including Montblanc, Chopard, Caran d’Ache and Graf von Faber-Castell and premium brands Parker, Waterman, Cross, Lamy and our own brand, Kingsley.

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Situated alongside Fortnum & Mason and Jo Malone, customers can reserve products online and pick them up on their way home from work the same day. We also hope to appeal to tourists and holiday-makers using the Eurostar.

The shop opens almost a year to the day The Pen Shop underwent a management buyout after our three directors purchased the group and its retail outlets in May 2015 from the Allan family for an undisclosed amount.

The MBO, which transferred ownership from the Allan family shareholders to the newly-formed Fountain Group, moved the business to a new stage in the development of its successful omni-channel shop operation and wholesale business.

The Pen Shop managing director, Colin McClymont, says: “It has been an exciting year for The Pen Shop and the opening of the new St Pancras shop firmly marks the beginning of the next stage in The Pen Shop’s history.

“Our customers show us that they want different ways to shop that are most convenient for them and this has turned bustling transport terminals into real retail destinations. The Pen Shop St Pancras is our latest shop that will combine a convenient shopping location with our online reserve and collect service to meet our customers’ evolving needs and serve the station’s travellers.”

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The shop’s opening coincides with the launch of Marvel’s latest film Captain America: Civil War and Cross’ new range of Marvel Cross Century and Cross Tech pens. To celebrate, Marvel’s famous superheroes Captain America and Iron Man will be available for photographs all around St Pancras on Monday 9th May.

New In: Chopard Gifts & Accessories

Here at The Pen Shop we’re always keen to work with new brands, and those that are rich in history (a bit like ourselves) especially peak our interest! So it is with great pleasure that we are launching a great selection of accessories and gifts from luxury brand Chopard this week, both online and in selected stores.

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Chopard have built up a tremendous reputation since 1860 in the fields of watch and jewellery making and remain an independent family firm to this day. They have developed and maintained their family spirit over the many years the company has been in existence, training their personnel to ensure the highest quality in their products.

The Pen Shop will stock a selection of Chopard pens, in Ballpoint, Rollerball and Fountain Pen styles. As well as a selection of small leather goods such as wallets, passport and card holders, iPad cases, belts and briefcases. Chopard clocks are also being presented for both the home and travel, as well as cufflinks and key rings for the perfect Christmas gift. Treat your loved ones to something special!

Shop the full range of Chopard HERE.

Graf von Faber-Castell 2015 Pen of the Year

The new Graf von Faber-Castell 2015 Pen of the Year is inspired by the impressive architecture of the “New Palace” the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” bringing the lustre and aesthetics of a major era alive in a fascinating manner.

Frederick the Great, as king and connoisseur of decorative natural stones, cultivated a personal and simultaneously regal interest in the rich Silesian deposits then used to do justice to Prussia’s new status. By special sovereign right, the monarch reserved all precious stones and chrysoprase in particular for himself: these stones with their emerald to apple green colouration are considered the most valuable variety of quartz.

The New Palace was the culmination of the royal interest. This magnificent building is home to a greater variety of natural stones than any other Frederician palace. Its fascinating architecture was the inspiration for the creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year.

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The creation of the “Sanssouci, Potsdam” Pen of the Year demands the highest standards of craftsmanship. The Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory was singularly predestined for this task. It carries on the great tradition of the Idar Oberstein gemstone workshops, which dates back to the 15th century and is still of world renown. The masters have demonstrated their incomparable skills with impressive results: the platinum plated barrel and cap are adorned by four green Silesian serpentines and a Russian smoky quartz – both ground and polished by hand.

Both editions come with an 18-carat, bicolour gold nib that is run in by hand. In the platinum plated editions four large, green Silesian serpentines are embedded into the platinum-plated barrel of the plunger-type fountain pen and envision the aura of these magnificent rooms perfectly. The cap of the fountain pen is adorned with grey, shimmering, Russian quartz with a facet finish. Limited to 1000 pieces for the Fountain Pen and 300 for the Rollerball.

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The individually numbered Special Edition combines 24-carat gold plating with green serpentine and rare chrysoprase, Frederick’s favourite natural stone. Chrysoprase has not been mined for many years and is only available on the antique stone market. The barrel is decorated with four beautifully designed Silesian serpentines. A rare chrysoprase crowns the cap of the plunger-type fountain pen. Limited to 150 pieces for the Fountain Pen and 30 for the Rollerball.

Each writing instrument is individually numbered and comes in a highly polished, deep-black wooden case. It includes a certificate personally signed by the master craftsman of the Herbert Stephan gemstone manufactory attesting to the authenticity of the natural stones.

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The new Graf von Faber-Castell Sanssouci, Potsdam 2015 Pen of the Year collection will be available online at www.penshop.co.uk soon.

Cross New Collection: Peerless 125

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The Peerless 125 is the culmination of the Cross brand’s rich history of innovation and unparalleled accomplishment. Designed to celebrate their heritage, it’s the finest writing instrument that they have ever brought to market.

Cross have been crafting writing instruments for more years than any other company in the western world. Their history of innovation begins in 1846, tracing the lines of the extraordinary Cross and Boss families as they revolutionized the writing instrument industry in America.

Peerless 125 celebrates two great landmark moments in the brand’s history: The 1889 debut of the original Peerless Pen, a classic American writing instrument and their very first fountain pen, followed by the introduction of the iconic Century line in 1935.

Fusing elements of those two classic designs together, Cross have created a pen that embodies the simple, beautiful design language and attention to detail that has made the Cross brand legendary.

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Peerless 125 features a bold, wide-bodied design complemented by the brand’s signature conical top that transitions elegantly into its powerful profile. This magnificent writing instrument is balanced to perfection and accented with impeccable design details, from engine-turned engravings, to a jewel-stone setting, to a solid 18K-gold nib and 23K gold-plated appointments.

The new Peerless 125 collection will be available online at www.penshop.co.uk and in our stores from 20th October 2014.

New In: Secrid Wallets

New to The Pen Shop are Secrid Wallets whose products protect credit card information from being read by wireless card readers.

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Secrid Wallets design and manufacture in the Netherlands where they have developed their production process themselves in close collaboration with their manufacturers. Secrid work with specialist manufacturers such as a modern leather studio housed in a historic warehouse in the heart of Schiedam. In the production process, original materials are combined with modern technologies, ensuring good working conditions and high quality products. For this reason, Secrid Wallets offer a two-year guarantee.

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Since 1990 Secrid owners René van Geer (Technical University [TU] Delft) and Marianne van Sasse van IJsselt (Charles Montaigne Fashion Academy) have been active in the field of design. In 2008 they chose to follow their big dream: a house brand and product line, developed from their own vision. Secrid put all their knowledge and experience to work to design the ultimate card holder. In 2009, they launched the Secrid Cardprotector on the market, and this won the Red Dot Design Award in 2010. In 2010, they started marketing their own line of leather wallets. In 2012 Secrid won the Aluminium Award with the Cardprotector.

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The Cardprotector is the core of the Secrid product line. The aluminium Cardprotector protects your six most important cards, both against bending and breaking and against your RFID cards being scanned if you don’t want them to be (such as the transportation pass, ID card, the latest credit cards and business cards).

View our selection of Secrid Wallets >

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.

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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.

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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.

Montblanc Patron of Art Edition Henry E. Steinway

In April, Montblanc will launch two new Patron of Art 2014 Limited Edition writing instruments in honour of Henry E. Steinway, the father of the grand piano and one of the greatest patron of the arts.

The Limited Edition 888 cap is adorned with the representation of a piano harp made from precious 750 solid gold. Through the delicately crafted skeletonised cap, the gold nib can be seen finely decorated with a filigree portrait of Steinway. The barrel features the depiction of one octave of piano keys in black and white. The Limited Edition 4810 fountain pen features the distinctive black and gold colour combination of a classic Steinway grand piano, with the barrel in deep black lacquer and gold-plated fittings.

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A tribute to the grand master of piano manufacturing, Montblanc’s Patron of Art Edition Henry E. Steinway is inspired by the man who revolutionized the world of music, dedicating his life to the advancement of the arts. German-born Heinrich Engelhard Steinweg (1797 – 1871) built his first pianos in his kitchen, before immigrating to the United States to set up one of the greatest legacies in modern music history. With his countless patents, Steinway pioneered the modern piano and set the high standards that still prevail in piano manufacturing today.

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Available in two editions, the design of the writing instrument is masterfully shaped by Steinway’s vision, celebrating both his remarkable piano innovations, and his outstanding contribution as an influential patron of the arts. He supported many artists through the Steinway Artists’ Programme that still promotes musicians today, and he made music accessible to large audiences at the Steinway Hall, once New York City’s largest concert venue.

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Created with traditional manufacturing techniques and the quest for perfection in Montblanc’s Atelier in Hamburg the Montblanc Patron of Art Edition Henry E. Steinway 4810 features the distinctive black and gold colour combination of a classic Steinway grand piano, with the barrel in deep black lacquer and gold-plated fittings. The fountain pen’s cap is decorated with the heart of the iconic music instrument – the harp, or overstrung piano. Hidden inside the piano, these strings play a central role in producing the instrument’s unmistakable sound, much like Steinway’s discreet role in shaping modern music history.

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The shape of the gold-plated clip references the once-patented screw clamps used for bending the grand piano rim into its distinctive sweeping curve. The name “Steinway & Sons”, found above the keyboard of every piano produced by Steinway, is immortalised as a fine engraving on the gold-plated cone ring, while the 750 gold nib is intricately engraved with a portrait of Henry E. Steinway himself, capturing the noble aspects of his character: determination, perfectionism and passion. The Montblanc emblem in black and white precious resin crowns the fountain pen.

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Displaying all the most iconic features of a Steinway grand piano, the Limited Edition 888 cap is adorned with the representation of a piano harp made from precious 750 solid gold. Through the delicately crafted skeletonised cap, the gold nib can be seen finely decorated with a filigree portrait of Steinway. The barrel features the depiction of one octave of piano keys in black and white, celebrating the exquisite balance, flexibility and smoothness that make a Steinway keyboard so unique. The pattern on the cap ring is inspired by the decor of the domed rotunda in the Steinway Hall in New York. For this edition, the iconic Montblanc emblem is created from precious mother-of-pearl.

With every design detail, Montblanc’s limited edition writing instrument captures the remarkable achievements and personality of Henry E. Steinway: the father of the grand piano, and undoubtedly one of the great patrons of the arts.

To pre-order the Montblanc Henry E. Steinway limited edition please Contact Us.