News Archive

Wondering what you missed in our News posts? Here's a bit of Pendemonium ephemera - what we posted in the past month or so.

Please note: If you click to an item and it isn't on the page, it has already been sold.

January 29, 2015 - We've been sorting again and there are oodles and oodles of new listings for Dip Pen Nibs up on the website now. The highlights include nibs from the following nib makers, some are quite obscure and there are also a few non-U.S nibs included in this latest batch that don't turn up often:

Banque Candienne Nationale, Blackbird, Blymer Bros, The Broons Co's, Eagle (10 different), Electric, Esterbrook (43 different), Mark Ferth, Gillotts (8 different!), MB Hudson's, George W. Hughes, Hunt (19 different), Leon Isaacs, RE Kindel, HF Krueger, Lawrence's, Lochhead's, DW McLane, Palmer (6 different), Paragon, PENNA (2 different Italian nibs), Perfection, Perry & Co, Presbitero, Rochester NY Schools, Russia Moheta, Schwabacher & Frey, Sherwood, Steelman's, Spencerian (13 Different), United Drug Rexall, Van Baalens and Frank E Wood. (Phew!)

January 27, 2015 - OMAS, Visconti and Platinum are the most recently posted pens in our "Other" Pen aisle! Click on over to check these and many others out today.

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January 26, 2015 -

Congratulations to Rodney Ogata!

Just in case you missed our announcement in Monday's Midnight Madness, we want to congratulate Rodney Ogata, winner of our 2015 National Handwriting Contest. You can view all of the letters we received on our Pendemonium Facebook page in the special 2015 National Handwriting Gallery.


January 22, 2015 - Join us at the Los Angeles Pen Show February 13-15. We've updated details on LA on our Pen Show page. Looking forward to seeing you at this great pen show!

January 21, 2015 - We have been making a concerted effort to make a dent in the huge amount of vintage dip pen nibs we have waiting to go on the website and I must say we have started to make some progress. Still a ways to go, but at least we're moving forward.

Some of these are very unusual and not oft heard of companies and some there are just a few of, perhaps even a single nib. Nib collectors as opposed to nib users will want to pay special attention to this update. I see a number of opportunities for you nib collectors to grab some hard to find nibs! Some of our hard core dip pen nib customers have already spotted the major updates, so if you're looking for some rarities, zip on over to our Dip Pen Nib listings!

Recent updates to our Dip Pen Nib listings include nibs from these companies:
B.B. & Co
C.P.F Augusta
J. Crawfords
DeWitt & Sinclair
SR Gray
Harper RR
EG Henry
MB Hudson's
RE Kindel
MacNiven & Cameron
D.W. McLane
Miller Bros
Wm Mitchells
New York Pen Co
Our Drummer
Our Favorite
Russia Moheta
A.L. Salomon
SV Sanger
Thompson Bros
Turner & Harrison
United Drug - Rexall

PLUS! new listings for Eagle, 42 new Esterbrook, 26 new Hunt, 10 new Palmer and 13 new Spencerian.

January 15, 2015 - Blotters are still used today, but they are not nearly so much a part of the total writing experience they once were. Years ago, advertising blotters were as common as business cards, but far more nicely illustrated and since they were larger than a business card, there was plenty of room to tell a potential customer or perhaps a regular customer everything they needed to know.

We've added some nice advertising blotters to our line up today. Hope you'll take a look.


January 12, 2015 - Lots of additions to our large selection of vintage ink bottles today. Several SkripWell bottles which make great little inexpensive inkwells, along with some lovely Carter's ink bottles and a Weber just for good measure!


January 6, 2015 - Our very popular Test Tube o'Nibs are back in stock again. Great way to try out a bunch of different antique dip pen nibs and get a free holder in the deal for a bargain price.


January 5, 2015 - It is a doozy of an update to our Other Pencils section of the website today. Mechanicals, woodcase, sharpeners and clips. We even have some cool old slates with slate pencils for you today.


December 29, 2014 - Our Eversharp writing instrument selection has been updated today. Plus we now have available a great Eversharp 1930s Catalogue reprint filled with information on the pen, pencil and lead line. Also includes a section devoted to Interchangeable Points and a number of informative diagrams.


Awesome vintage Drafting Set has multitudes of tools, plus leads and other small attachments - all in a very nice leatherette case. There's only one! Click on the photo below and check it out on our Pen Paraphernalia section of the website.


Start the new year off write with one of these cool organizers!


Heads Up and Pen Down! New additions to our "Other Pens" aisle today. Platinum Plasir FPs plus Romus, Rotring and a gorgeous unknown Ring Top FP. Plus four gently used Cross Classic Ballpens and some handy little mini ballpoints. And don't miss the Conklin, pictured below!


December 28, 2014 - Everyone LOVES Parker pens and pencils. In addition to our current listings, we added 51s, Challengers, Jotters, Vacumatics, Vectors, Parker 15 fountain pens and many others, including an awesome Parker 180 fountain pen. One of the wildest looking nibs Parker ever designed! Come browse!


December 23, 2014 - We carry a wide range of pen repair supplies from pen sacs, orange shellac and Simichrome polish to odd and unusual spare parts for vintage pen repair. Just up today are some vintage pressure bars.

We also have some newer parts, too, like this great italic Conway Stewart modern solid 19KT gold nib unit. Grab it quick, great price. Take a look at what we have available, it could be just what you need!


December 22, 2014 - Big update to our vintage Dip Pens today with over 20 different antique dip pens. Each of our dip pens is always fit with a new old stock antique dip pen nib because they write so much better than the new ones being made today. Prices start at only $10. It's time to dip into history!


December 19, 2014 - One of my personal favorite spots on the website is the Inkwells and Desktop section. The inkwell parts is, needless to say, filled with all sorts of different antique inkwells. The Desktop section holds things far different from the Desktop you may be reading this from! Awesome antique desk accessories to complete your full vintage writing experience. We hope you'll peruse our newest listings today.


December 16, 2014 - It's Cursive Italic Day!


December 15, 2014 - Continuing on with our Vintage Advertisement updates! Today we added new ads to our Sheaffer, Parker, and Other sections, spanning more than five decades of writing instruments, including some very obscure ads!


December 9, 2014 - Mega updates to our Sheaffer Advertisements department! Lots of new old adverts listed, and scores of photos added - we're working on our mission to get photos of all our ads up on the website, and Sheaffer is completed! It's all good! Come cruise our aisle of Sheaffer and other adverts as well. You'll enjoy a little stroll through fountain pen history!


December 8, 2014 - Be sure to keep an eye on our ever changing stationery offerings. Two new and very different additions for you today! Click the photos, below.


December 4, 2014 - 1920s Waterman in original box just listed on the website today. Flexible nib, too. Also a lovely writing Waterman Exclusive Fountain Pen, and some great Waterman memorabilia. Hurry on over to check it out!


November 24, 2014 - Lots of writing goodness for you today! Our additions to the Other Pen aisle run the gamut from 1930s fountain pens to snazzy new collectible die cast car and pen sets. Start your engines and zip on over to take a look!


November 21, 2014 - More pen storage solutions for you, because everyone deserves something cool to keep their favorite fountains in. Vintage and re-purposed items are our specialty, because you don't want the same thing everyone else has! New listings today, we hope you'll look them over and buy your favorite.


November 18, 2014 - The 1930s was the Golden Age of Fountain Pens and the pen makers spared nothing in creating elaborate and eye catching advertisements. Patricians and Lady Patricians were coveted by many. Be sure to take a moment to see our latest 1930s Waterman advertisements, perfect for framing. And flashback to the 1940s with ads also added today!


November 17, 2014 - We have returned to Pendemonium-Central from our Ohio Pen Show Adventure. Our thanks to all of you who placed orders while we were on the road. Everyone's orders will be winging their way toward their final destination today, Monday, November 17th. We still have a few emails pending final answers that required being at the shop to reply and we're working on those today. Great to see so many customers and meet some new customers at the Ohio Pen Show, appreciate you stopping by to see us at the show. We stopped and shopped for YOU all the way to Ohio and back to Kingman again and found so many old pieces of writing equipment - these will be coming to you soon on our weekly eNewsletters Inky Greetings and Midnight Madness. A few sneak peek photos for you here today!


November 14, 2014 - The Parker 51 is perhaps Parker's most familiar fountain pen ever made. We hope you'll take a moment to peruse our vintage Parker advertisements, four new ones added today, three from 1947 and one from 1952.


November 11, 2014 - Take a glimpse inside the inner workings of the Sheaffer Pen Company and the people who made your Sheaffer pens via their company newsletter-magazine, The Sheaffer Review. We have a wide variety of issues available from the 1940s into the 1990s.


November 7, 2014 - We have two very different blotters for you today!

This exceptionally elegant blotter is approaching the century mark. Needless to say, there is only one available. Check it out!


Need a little Art Deco bright chrome in your life? Check out this awesome rocker blotter.

November 5, 2014 - Today, we've added several lovely old original Wahl-Eversharp advertisements to our advertisements selection. Love these old ads which are very suitable for framing.


Also look at the beautiful 1920s Sheaffer advertisements illustrated by Donald Denton. Truly small works of art.

November 4, 2014 - They're back! Frank's solid oak pen rests made from old door molding. Limited supplies, so grab one while they last!


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