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Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • Win A Letter Writing & Calligraphy Bundle | National Stationery Week


    National Stationery Week is almost over and we've had a great time this year organising competitions and giveaways to celebrate our love of stationery. This weekend is your last chance to try and win and we think we have saved the best for last.

    As it is Signature Saturday today and Write A Letter Day tomorrow, we are giving away a bundle that is perfect for practicing your calligraphy and writing some beautiful letters.

    You could win the following:

    1x Sheaffer Maxi Calligraphy Set which includes 3 pens with varying nib widths, 20 assorted inks and a book to learn different styles of calligraphy.
    1x Crown Mill Writing Set - Silver Line Cream Laid A5
    1x Silver Feather Quill and Nib Set



    Overall this bundle is worth almost £60!

    For a chance to win all we need you to do is answer us this; If you could write a letter to anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would you choose?

    You've got until midnight Sunday to leave your reply and the winner will be announced on Monday 1st May.

  • Win With Get Crafty Tuesday | National Stationery Week

    Day 2 of our NSW celebrations and we have a super bundle ready to be won, chock full of goodies to help you get crafty.

    In this bundle you will find:

    1x 5.6mm Mechanical Clutch Pencil in Navy
    1x Set of 6 Mechanical Diamond Drawing Pencils with Coloured Leads
    1x Soft Eraser
    1x Pack of Gioconda 5.6mm leads in 4B
    1x Pack of 13 Magic Pencils

    All of these products are from Koh-I-Noor and to win them all you have to do is answer a very simple question!


    All we want to know is, Where is Koh-I-Noor based?

    Leave your answers below for a chance to win!

    Competition ends Midnight 25/04/2017

  • The NSW 7 Days of Stationery! | National Stationery Week

    It is that time of year again, a whole week where we declare our love for stationery in the name of NSW or National Stationery Week. We are super excited to announce a whole week of competitions and discounts that everyone can get involved in.

    A perfect way to celebrate and join in the fun, the 7 days of stationery also give us plenty of opportunities to give away some great stationery bundles and discount codes. 7 Days of StationeryOn Monday we'll be giving away a pen and pencil to one lucky person who places their order anytime on Monday 24th April.

    Tuesday is get crafty day and we've got a bundle of goodies from a certain brand to give away. All you have to do is answer the question that pops up on our blog and Facebook, but be quick as the competition ends at midnight on Tuesday!

    Wednesday is World Stationery Day where we will just be taking a day to appreciate all of the countries that produce amazing stationery for us to enjoy.

    On Thank You Thursday all customers can enjoy a 10% discount as a thank you for shopping with us. Just keep an eye on the website homepage banner, suscribe to our newsletter or follow our facebook to find out the code.

    Fountain pen lovers can rejoice on Fountain Pen Friday where we'll be having a 10% discount on all fountain pens. The code will be announced in the same way as the Thank You Thursday code. We'll also be sending out a selection pack of inks with any fountain pens purchased on this day.

    For Signature Saturday and Write A Letter Day on Sunday we have a stunning calligraphy/letter writing bundle that even we would like to win! You have from Saturday morning 9am until Midnight Sunday to enter and you can enter on the blog or on our Facebook.

    You can join in the fun of the 7 Days of Stationery by using the hashtags below:


    If you have any questions about our NSW competitions don't hesitate to leave a comment below or have a chat with us over on Facebook.

  • How To Clean And Care For Your Fountain Pen

    When purchasing and using a fountain pen it is important to consider the time and care that need to be put into your pen so it maintains its condition and writing ability.

    As standard a fountain pen used regularly should be thoroughly cleaned or "flushed" at least 4 times a year and more frequently than this if used less often to prevent the ink drying and clogging up the pens inner-mechanisms.

    In this blog we will outline how to do a basic clean and how to fully flush your fountain pen. A basic clean is ideal for those who are planning on using the same ink in their fountain pen and find that their pen is writing well with no skipping or clogging.

    The Basic Clean

    1. Disassemble your pen by removing the cap and screwing apart the nib or grip section from the pen body.


    If using an ink cartridge or converter, remove this also. A piece of tape can be used to cover the opening to either if you want to save the remaining ink.

    2. Turn your tap on to run cold or cool water and hold the nib section under the flowing water to remove any excess ink.

    Make sure not to use hot or warm water as the heat could warp or damage parts of the pen.

    3. Fill a glass with some cool water and place the nib section in to soak; the water should be replaced every time it becomes saturated with ink. Keep repeating this step until the water remains clear for an hour.

    Fountain pens that haven't been cleaned for a prolonged period of time or have been filled with stubborn ink may take longer to become clean during this step.

    4. Remove the water and place some kitchen roll or soft cloth at the bottom of the glass before placing the bottom part of the pen into the cup with the nib pointing downwards. The tissue will draw out any remaining ink or moisture.

    Ideally the pen should be left to dry overnight or for 24 hours.

    5. Once dry simply reassemble your pen and replace your ink cartridge or converter and you are ready to write again!

    Full Fountain Pen Flush

    We recommend flushing your fountain pen for a more thorough clean and when changing inks or having any issues when writing with your pen e.g. skipping or clogging.

    The steps below are for flushing a fountain pen that has a built-in filling system or is using converter.

    1.  Disassemble the pen and follow steps 1 and 2 of the basic clean method.

    2. Fill a glass with water and submerge the open end of the barrel or converter, then fill and empty the ink chamber until clean replacing the water when it becomes saturated with ink.

    3. Reattach the converter or barrel section to the nib and place in a glass of clean water.

    4. Use the filling system to draw and flush water in and out of your pen, repeating until the water coming out is clean. Change the water in the glass when it becomes saturated.

    5. Leave the pen to soak in clean water for a few hours in order to remove any stubborn ink stains.

    6. Follow steps 4 and 5 of the basic cleaning method and your pen is then fully cleaned and ready to go until next time.

    Tips & Tricks

    • When first receiving your fountain pen if it seems to skip or jump then a quick flush through with some water should resolve the issue. It is often the case that manufacturers will factory test a pen and some ink residue may have been left behind. Lamy is a common example but it is often more expensive, luxury brands that may do this.
    • For stubborn ink stains and residue that won't budge you could invest in some fountain pen flush to help shift them. We stock Monteverde's 8 oz. bottle of flush.

    Monteverde Fountain Pen Flush

    Useful links:

    Advice from Parker on cleaning, care and other fountain pen FAQ'S

    This JetPen post explores advanced cleaning techniques for those wanting to find out how to completely disassemble their pen.

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