Nibs Blog


The Future is Handmade - The Craftsmanship Initiative

Our Friend Todd Oppenheimer, editor of the Craftsmanship Quarterly, sent us a link to "The “Future is Handmade,” a new short documentary which explores the core of human creativity and what it means in a larger cultural context. This beautifully shot video, produced by Maikel Kuijpers, encourages the viewer to a greater understanding of the place of hand work, skill, and dedication to craft in our digital world.

New Danitrio Pens Now In Stock!

The ebonite urushi pens from Danitrio are often in very short supply - the artisanal approach of this unique manufacturer, with offices in Southern California, nibs from Germany, and pens lacquered in Japan, means that each hand-crafted pen often takes a year or more to be produced.

New Nakaya Maki-e Pens Now Available

Among our recent arrivals from Nakaya have been a number of higher-end Maki-e pens in new motifs, including the beautiful Naka-ai Cigar Shuro Tree seen here.

Return of the Sailor 1911 Full-Size Demonstrator Silver

Available again after an absence of several years, the Sailor 1911 Full-Size Demonstrator Silver showcases Sailor design and engineering at its finest.

Visit Us At The L.A. Pen Show February 14-17

We'll be bringing a wide selection of pens from Nakaya, Sailor, Pilot and more to the the 2019 Los Angeles International Pen Show, held at the Westdrift Manhattan Beach (formerly the Manhattan Beach Marriott) on President’s Day weekend, February 14-17.

Nakaya Midori-tamenuri Available Again

Layered Midori-tamenuri, which features a luminous green under-layer against a black background, was only made briefly available by Nakaya in early 2017 before being discontinued.

Pelikan Special Edition M101N Grey-Blue Arriving in March

The latest in Pelikan's series of vintage-inspired releases, the M101N Grey-Blue Special Edition will be arriving in March 2019.

Nakaya Gin Itomaki Featured in "Jon Glaser Loves Gear"

Yes, that really is a Nakaya Piccolo Writer Small Sword Gin Itomaki fountain pen seen in Season 2, Episode 4 of the TruTV series “Jon Glaser Loves Gear” - the pen (supplied by us to the production company at Nakaya’s request) can be seen at

Sailor 1911 Mid-Size Mozaique Pens In Three Colors

Sailor's vibrant Mozaique color pattern has been a favorite for many pen owners, but production of this style has now ceased and Sailor has produced just one final series of pens using this unique pattern.