Limited Edition Fountain Pen Collaboration with Cross and Fonderie 47

The Pen Shop are proud to announce we have been chosen by fine writing instrument brand Cross, as one of the selected stockists of the Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited Edition Fountain Pen.

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This collaboration between Cross and Peter Thum, founder of Fonderie 47, will present a highly covetable collector’s piece, of which only 47 of these writing instruments are being released world-wide.  After discovering many years ago, the devastating effects of assault rifles in Africa, Fonderie 47 have made it their mission to create a series of products to initiate change and alter the future of this destructive landscape.

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“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 the widespread availability of assault weapons”.

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The purchase of the Peerless Fonderie 47 Fountain Pen presents a moral message, enabling “the destruction of 10 more assault weapons in Africa – weapons that will never again be used to take human lives”.

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The Peerless Fonderie 47 Limited Edition features a disk of blackened steel from a melted down AK47 gun embedded in its cap and marked with the Fonderie 47 logo. Around each 18KT gold-filled barrel is a center band showcasing the unique serial number of the gun that has been taken out of circulation to make it.

The Pen Shop will offer a matched donation scheme for this Limited Edition Fountain Pen. If the purchaser wishes to make a further donation to the charity The Pen Shop will match it up to £500.

Available to purchase in The Pen Shop >

May The Force Be With You…

Coming soon to a Pen Shop near you we are thrilled to announce the release of official Star Wars stationery from Cross. From luxury Limited Edition Fountain Pen and Rollerball pens to the more affordable Click and Jotzone ranges there is something to suit fans of all ages.

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Cross proudly presents the Townsend Star Wars Collection, commemorating the three most iconic characters from the Star Wars saga. These stately writing instruments are the epitome of luxury. Both the Fountain Pen and Rollerball are Limited Edition – only 1977 units made per character.

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Cross proudly presents the Click Star Wars Collection, commemorating the three most iconic characters from the original Star Wars film trilogy: C-3P0, Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. The Click Star Wars gel retractable pens feature smooth gel ink and an easy to use click mechanism.

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The Star Wars Gift Set is themed with legendary characters, and includes a stylish Jot Zone journal with debossed character face and Star Wars Logo, plus a matching Cross Click gel ink pen. Then pen includes the same character’s emblem and other fine design details. This gift set is a sophisticated way to commemorate the classic saga films, and makes a wonderful gift for any Star Wars fan.

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View our available Cross pens 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.

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.

Cross: Exclusive Sneak Peek of New Collections

Yesterday The Pen Shop was treated to a sneak peek of exciting new Cross products yet to be released. From the new Tech range to an exclusive limited edition gold 23 Karat heavy gold plate Fountain Pen and the launch of the new ‘Year of the Horse’ special editions there are plenty of new products from Cross to be excited about.

Collectors of Cross will be aware of the yearly Chinese Zodiac Series which has previously featured Dragons and Snakes. The latest addition to the series will be the ‘Year of the Horse’ collection which features a beautiful horse design that is deeply etched into several layers of hand-polished lacquer.

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This exquisitely hand-crafted pen features either a burning red finish that reflects the desire for success and good fortune, or a beautiful shimmering white finish that reflects the confidence and strength of character that defines everyone born under this auspicious sign. With deep cut engraving and 23 karat gold plated overlays, this animated instrument stampedes across the page illuminating each idea it transfers to paper.

Cross are celebrating the 20th Anniversary of one of their most celebrated writing instrument collections – the Cross Townsend. A new Special Edition collection is to be released featuring a brushed diamond cut pattern that imparts a unique texture to the elegant platinum plated finish. This platinum collection will feature a Ball Pen, Roller Ball and Fountain Pen and come displayed in Special Edition packaging.

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The new Cross Tech collections will feature a stylus that is compatible with most capacitive touch screen devices from iPads to Kindle’s. The Tech1 is a stylus only and comes with a handy attachment that will plug into your headphone socket. In comparison the Tech2 is the first 2-in-1 pen and stylus from Cross which has a sharp design and vibrant satin finishes. The Tech 3+ is a multi-tasker as with a simple, smooth twist, switch from black Ball Pen, to red Ball Pen to Pencil, this also features an attachable smart stylus.

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We also have some exclusive new Cross Christmas offers on the way, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news.