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  • New To The Site | Make Your Mark With Manuscript Calligraphy

    A family-owned company established in 1989 in England, Manuscript Pen Company Ltd are one of the few remaining companies worldwide that specialise in all things calligraphy.

    Manuscript CalligraphyThey offer an extensive range of all things related to writing such as: dip pens, wax & seal sets, Chinese calligraphy sets, fountain pens and even calligraphy marker pens. Whether you are 9 or 99 there is something for people of all ages and abilites who want to improve their calligraphy skills or are just getting started in the world of writing.

    We are thrilled to introduce them to our ever-expanding collection of calligraphy items and have highlighted some of our favourite products from their expansive range.

    This Callicreations set is a great way to get started as it comes with various different tools you can use to create an assortment of products such as personalised letters and cards.

    In this set you will find a handy storage tin filled with:

    • One stylus fountain pen with two nib sections: iridium nib and 2B with protection
    • A leaflet with easy to follow instructions and creative ideas
    • Six coloured ink cartridges - Black, Blue, Purple, Turquoise, Pink & Orange
    • Five Callicreative italic markers - Black, Purple, Green, Pink & Turquoise
    • Flower seal with Purple wax
    • Practice pad and guidelines

    Manuscript Calli Creations

    You can also get this set in a Christmas edition! Perfect for creating unique Christmas cards and thank you letters this festive season.

    The Christmas set has all of the same products just in more festive colours, so in this tin you will find:

    • Stylus fountain pen with two nib sections: iridium nib and 2B with protection
    • A leaflet with easy to follow instructions and creative ideas
    • Six coloured ink cartridges - Black, Blue, Green, Turquoise, Pink & Red
    • Five Callicreative italic markers - Silver, Gold, Pink, Black and Turquoise
    • Christmas tree seal with Gold wax
    • Practice pad and guidelines

    Manuscript Christmas Creations

    For something a little different we love this Chinese calligraphy set that includes two traditional chinese brushes, a bottle of ink and a mini gold wax & seal set. Using brushes isn't the only difference between modern calligraphy and Chinese calligraphy, you also have to hold your writing tool differently to form the aesthetically perfect letters and characters.

    To find out more about Chinese calligraphy you can take a look at Manuscript's series of tutorials on using the brush, creating characters and forming Chinese letters.

    Manuscript Chinese Calligraphy Set


    For tips, tricks and some inspiration you can check out the Manuscript website where they have a whole section dedicated to you and your Manuscript products, and you can learn more about the products and how to use them over on their Youtube Channel.

    Manuscript products will be available to purchase shortly over on our site. Keep an eye out for updates!

  • The Great National Stationery Week Giveaway!


    It is now less than two weeks to go until National Stationery Week and and as a participating retailer we have a special competition to celebrate.

    National Stationery Week

    It's pen related (of course) and everyone can get involved, all you have to do is tell us how many pens are in our enormous pen jar. Easy peasy right?

    You can enter here in the blog comments or over on our Facebook page. Entries must be in by the last day of National Stationery Week, May 1st and our winner will be announced the following week! It's one entry per person and you can check out the rest of the Terms and Conditions at the bottom of this page.


    As for the prize we suspect the fountain pen lovers out there will be very happy with what is on offer.

    This Diplomat Carisma Fountain Pen has a smooth, matte finish and is a stylish, modern product. It has a Medium-sized nib and is worth £59.99 (RRP), but it could be yours for free if you correctly guess the amount of pens in our jar.

    diplomatcarismaNow all that's left to do is get guessing! Simply leave your guess in the comment section below or over on our Facebook page.

    Terms and Conditions:
    One guess per person
    Competition ends May 1st
    Winner to be announced the following week
    If multiple people guess the correct answer, all of their names will put in to a hat and the winner will be drawn from there

  • Get Writing With InCoWriMo

    If you are a keen writer or pen enthusiast then you may have heard of National Journal Writing Month and even National Novel Writing Month but, have you come across InCoWriMo?

    International Correspondence Writing Month is basically what it says on the tin, a whole month of corresponding with people via letters, postcards, notes or cards and of course everything must be handwritten.

    Whether you send a note to a friend, grandparent or even a stranger, the aim is to send out some form of correspondence every day in February and since this year is a Leap Year that means 29 hand-written items of post should have been sent out by you at the end of February.


    Think you can take on the challenge?

    The people at InCoWriMo have compiled a lovely list of correspondents that they are sure would love to receive your letters and you can check that out here. If you are struggling to think of enough people to fill up all 29 days then why not try browsing the comment sections on the InCoWriMo site? There are scores of people looking for people to send letters to and to receive letters from.

    You don't even have to post your letter, you can deliver it by hand or if it's for a stranger simply leave it at a cafe or on the bus as a pleasant surprise for whoever picks it up. Why not take inspiration from More Love Letters? The story behind this movement is refreshing as it recognises that everyone needs a little TLC sometimes and there are plenty of strangers in the world with plenty of love to share.


    Last January there were 631 known participants of InCoWriMo so who knows what the number is now a year on, but let's hope it has grown and more people around the world are corresponding with each other. You can see where all of these participants are from on this selection of interactive maps.

    To recap, this month is all about getting back to the tradition of writing by hand and what a rewarding way to do so. Your letters could make someones day and you could even end up with a pen pal for life. The opportunities are endless and the InCoWriMo cause is definitely something everyone should get behind if they have a little time to spare each day. If you miss a day simply write an extra letter for that missed day and don't forget to plan your letter recipients so you aren't scrabbling about looking for addresses each day.

    So dig out your favourite pen and your best stationery and get writing this InCoWriMo!


  • National Handwriting Day and the Importance of Writing

    This January 23rd writing enthusiasts worldwide will be celebrating National Handwriting Day and appreciating the noble tool that is the pen.

    The decline of handwriting in the modern world of computers, phones and keyboards has not gone unnoticed with the average person not having written by hand for the past 41 days.

    An essential part of our daily lives whether it be scribbling down a shopping list, taking notes at a meeting or filling in a diary, our handwriting is as unique to us as our fingerprints whereas typing on a keyboard is a generic action that differs neither here nor there.


    Although significantly less physical effort, a typed love letter or postcard can't emote the same feelings as a handwritten one as handwriting requires us to think more because we can't simply delete what we have written. The characteristics of handwriting can also differ greatly from one person to another meaning every letter is different, unique and special.

    Our handwriting can be divided into these varying characteristics:

    • Specific shape of letters, e.g. their roundness or sharpness
    • Regular or irregular spacing between letters
    • The slope of the letters
    • The rhythmic repetition of the elements or arrhythmia
    • The pressure to the paper
    • The average size of letters
    • The thickness of letters

    Handwriting also allows us to connect creatively and let our feelings and thoughts flow onto the page in our own special and individual fashion.

    National Handwriting Day encourages everyone to get out their pen and paper and spend a little time practicing their handwriting, this practice however doesn't have to be limited to just this one day. To inspire you we have gathered a few ideas to get you writing on National Handwriting Day and beyond.

    Find the perfect tool

    If you often find writing uncomfortable or laborious then you could simply be using the wrong pen. Start with the basics of choosing a ballpoint, rollerball or fountain pen and then try different barrel sizes to find a pen that fits perfectly in your grip and feels comfortable when you write.

    Cherrell Avery, who was calligrapher-in-residence at the V&A has some sound advice on choosing a pen and says “you need one with the right barrel thickness, the right speed of ink flow, and the right nib resistance on the paper. It’s a personal choice.”

    In Cherrell Avery's writing lesson with Jake Wallis Simons from The Telegraph, he finds that LAMY's Safari Fountain Pen is the perfect tool for him. You can shop LAMY Safari Pens on our site, just click here.

    Lamy SafariConsult a book

    Simply searching 'handwriting books' online brings up thousands of books and exercises to aid you in your handwriting practicing quest. This book by Rosemary Sassoon is an affordable £6.99 and has many positive reviews from people trying to improve their messy or illegible handwriting as it allows you to find the problem with your writing before correcting and improving it.

    handwritingWrite a letter to a friend or loved one

    Valentine's Day is soon approaching so for those celebrating with a partner this year, show your appreciation by writing them a letter listing all the things you love about them. If that isn't your style then try writing a letter to a distant friend or relative that you haven't spoken to in a while. A handwritten letter shows you are giving time and effort to find out how a person is so it is sure to be appreciated by the lucky recipient.

    Whatever you do this January 23rd, make sure to take a little time to focus on your handwriting because a lot of joy can come from the simple action of putting a pen to paper.




  • Write with a Classy Personalised Visconti Pen

    A pen that signed the agreements at the Nato-Russia Summit on May 28, 2002, marking the end of the Cold War carries a huge amount of weight and credibility. The venue was the Pratica di Mare Airforce base, near Rome, Italy and the pen was an iconic Visconti Fountain Pen.

    For over twenty five years the name ‘Visconti’ has defined extraordinarily beautiful and elegant writing instruments. They are crafted from only the finest materials using the highest standards and epitomise superior craftsmanship at the peak of its abilities.

    ViscontiIf you are about to become the proud owner of an iconic Visconti Pen, we are offering you the fabulous opportunity to have it personally branded with your initials. Perhaps you are buying one as gift? Let us use the initials of your loved one or the intended recipient.

    Every Visconti Pen features a metal, circular Visconti Logo on the top of the pen cap. It is held in place by a powerful magnetic force. Using a strong magnet, the logo can be removed and replaced with your personal initials creating a writing instrument to treasure for a life time.

    This unique process is known as Visconti MPS, representing the stylish patented My Pen System. We craft your initials into two half spheres, one initial on each sphere. They then join together perfectly to form a full circle that fits exactly onto the top of the pen cap in place of the logo.

    Imagine how magnificent it will be to write with a pen adorned with your initials in this impressive style! Or how equally charmed a friend will be to receive a gift with their initials on it.

    If you already own a Visconti Pen, you don't need to miss out! Send us your initials and for a small fee, we will have them made and send them off to you. Using a magnet at home, you can easily replace the logo. If you don't feel comfortable with doing this process yourself, send us your pen and initials. Ensure that you use a reputable tracked service. We will then have the initials made, position them onto the pen and send it back to you.

    Not familiar with the Visconti range? Their collection includes something for all tastes and occasions so have a look at the magnificent designs they have to offer.

    From the gloriously brightly coloured Divina Desert Spring Pen

    Divina Desert SpringTo the simply elegant Divina Black Medium Rollerball Pen Divina Blackand the fabulously ornate Christian Bible Vermeil Fountain Pen Christian Bible Vermailyou are certain to find that something special!

    For more Visconti pens have a browse here.

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