Essentials: Back to School with The Pen Shop

Essentials: Back to School with The Pen Shop

Going back to school is an exciting time for many kids. After a long summers break, kids are eager to get back to see their friends, tell everyone about the holidays and the best bit…get their hands on some new kit.

The seemingly simple task presents some challenges of making sure you get a high quality item that’ll see your child through the year while withstanding everyday use.

At The Pen Shop, we care about creating a lasting memory of the joy of writing, so we’ve pulled together our top 5 back to school essentials that’ll have your little one prepped for the year ahead and excited to learn!

  1. The Fountain Pen

Just like the grown-ups! Dex by Kingsley has created a versatile, durable and colourful fountain pen that makes the perfect writing accessory for those developing their handwriting skills. With a super soft touch, stable grip and long-lasting iridium nib you can’t go wrong.

Dex by Kingsley Smooth Soft Fountain Pen

  1. The Pencil

No pencil case is complete without a mechanical pencil. The timeless design, perfectly formed grip for learning hands. Lamy is one of the most popular brands amongst young writers and the reasons are endless. With a built in eraser, a multitude of colours and a spring-metal clip to ensure it stays put!

Lamy Safari Pencils

  1. Coloured Pens & Pencils

Now what fun would be going back to school if you couldn’t doodle in endless colours! That’s why we think the Faber-Castell Playing and Learning range is the ideal addition to the budding artist’s or writer’s new school kit. Designed with the superior Faber-Castell quality these felt-tips and coloured pencils are definitely a must have!

Faber-Castell Playing and Learning 12 Erasable Colour Pencils

  1. The Pen Pouch

Of course, to carry around brand new treasured pens and pencils a pouch that will protect them and keep the safe is essential! Kingsley is a master craftsman of fantastic quality pen pouches that will ensure pens and pencils always look good as new. Our particular favourite is this elegant leather twin pouch.

Kingsley Pen Pouch Twin PU Black

  1. Notepads

Now that you’ve got all the writing pieces your child needs, of course they now need somewhere to jot down their next brilliant idea! Boasting bright colours, ruled lines and two sizes the Kingsley notebook range are the ultimate addition to a finished stationery kit for the first day at school!

Kingsley Lined Notebook

From us to you – we hope the first day back to school is truly magical!

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Celebrities and Their Pens

Last week David Dimbleby visited our Regent Street store to purchase a Parker Sonnet Black Lacquer Gold Trim Fountain Pen which he used on BBC Question Time. This made us curious as to other famous people and which pens they used. After researching this we were delighted to discover we are not the only pen lovers, here we have listed a few fellow celebrity collectors.


1.    Robert Patterson famously bought pen collector Kirsten Stewart a $46,000 limited edition Tibaldi Bentley Crewe fountain pen for her birthday. From a limited edition of 40 the pen has a two-tone 18-carat yellow gold nib covered in rhodium and ruthenium.

2.    Stephen King used a Waterman Fountain Pen to write his novel Dreamcatcher and even mentioned this in the Author’s Note: “One final note.  This book was written with the world’s finest word processor, a Waterman cartridge fountain pen.  To write the first draft of such a long book by hand put me in touch with the language as I haven’t been in years.  I even wrote one night (during a power outage) by candlelight.  One rarely finds such opportunities in the twenty-first century, and they are to be savored.”-Stephen King


3.    Arthur Conan Doyle wrote his later Sherlock novels with a Parker Duofold Fountain Pen. The new BBC Sherlock series pays homage to this when Holmes comments by looking at a letter that it was written by a Parker pen.

4.    Anne Frank apparently wrote her now famous diary with a Montblanc Fountain Pen. When her pen was destroyed after she accidently threw it into the fireplace she was so devastated she wrote an ‘ode’ to her pen.

5.    The Queen has used a Parker 51 for personal use since 1959 and both HM The Queen and The Prince of Wales have given Royal Warrants to Parker.

6.    Walt Disney himself was often seen in pictures with Sheaffer pens. A well-used Sheaffer Balance Fountain Pen was found in Walt Disney’s desk in 1970 when his office was being inventoried.


7. Sylvester Stallone loves Montegrappa pens so much he is now the brands ambassador and collaborated with the company to produce the Chaos pen range which he used in Expendables II. Sylvester Stallone’s “Chaos” pen is fashioned from precious materials and produced in limited numbers.

8.    Author Neil Gaimen is an avid Fountain Pen collector telling the BBC: ‘My current favourite is a Visconti because it has a magnet in the lid which goes clunk when I put the top on – I am easily satisfied. I probably have between 40 and 60 fountain pens, which is a bit silly, but once people are aware that you like them, they like to give them as gifts.’

9.    Dragons’ Den regular Peter Jones is thought to favour a Yard-O-Led Viceroy, which is hand made from English Hallmarked Sterling Silver.


10.    Albert Einstein used both a Pelikan 100 N and a Waterman Taper-cap Fountain Pen which he used to develop the Theory of Relativity. The Waterman pen is on display at the Boerhaave Museum in Leiden.

11. Nick Hewer, Lord Sugar’s adviser in the BBC series The Apprentice, is often seen chewing on the end of his Lamy pen as he takes notes on the misadventures of candidates. In an interview with the Daily Express he said: “I’m not one for ostentatious treaty-signing type pens but I do think in business making an effort with the little things sends out a signal that you are serious about what you are doing.”

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