Originally I was just going to list the ‘one man band’ makers with links to their sites, but then decided, why not expand it to include the larger companies. Note the lists are not comprehensive and I will add new makers as I am told about or discover them.
So why do this? Well I’ve tried for quite a while now to support the small British makers. We are in the fortunate position where we seem to be gaining a couple of new ones each year, some are started as hobbies, some as some thing to do as they step closer and into retirement, and some with a view of becoming full time at some point.
Caveat. While I do or have owned pens from around a dozen on this list (so far) I do not have experience with all of them.
The One Person Bands
Note where the following maker has an Instagram site, check out their photos for the latest offerings then message them to make enquiries or to order.
- AuRola – also has an Etsy store – link on his Instagram page.
- Black Robin Pens
- Clyde Pen Company
- Den’s Pens (denspens.shop for bespoke).
- Gilbert House Pens – see his individual pen section.
- Jack Row
- John Garnham – contact through or via the Fountain Pens UK Facebook group.
- John Twiss
- Loft Pens
- Powerful Signature
- Rockster Pens
- Silverburl Pens
- The Good Blue Company
- Tom’s Studio
- William Shakour
- Worcester Pen Company
I’m only using links below where you can buy pens directly from them (including at pen shows). All of these can be found at at least one or more UK based retailers, and some high street art and school supply shops.
- Bespoke British Pens (Conway Stewart)
- Helix Oxford
For anyone wondering where Italix/Mr. Pen is, I have him left him off the list as Peter Ford announced he will be retiring towards the end of 2021.
Pen Kit Users
Originally I was going to leave those who just use pen kits off the list, partly due to the poor reputation many of these have within the community (the down side really to a lot of the hobbyists with lathes who turn up at craft/X-Mas fairs), however I am also fully aware of the costs in finances, time and effort to move on to fully making pens. It is not just the purchasing of a die to cut a Bock, JoWo, or Schmidt nib unit thread in to a piece of material but also the designing and testing of caps, threads, new materials, etc. In addition to this I realised that most of the pen kit users who have their own websites are the serious ones who we would still normally consider. As a result this list will start small but I do expect it to increase over time.
- Gilbert House Pens – except his individual pen section
- Whitlock Wooden Designs
If you make pens or are starting up and wish to be added to the list then please contact me through the contact link at the top of the page.
You may note that this thread has also appeared as a new tab at the top of my page. This is a separate file as WordPress only allows ‘pages’ in menus, and ‘posts’ in the main part of the page and the search results. Initially I will add new makers to both lists, but after a while will just do the top menu page even if the details have been provided in a comment to this post (WordPress allows comments on posts, not pages).
Thanks for the UK links. I’ve purchased from AuRola and Clyde Pen Company, and I can definitely recommend both makers. I’m interested in seeing what the others have to offer as well.