An everlasting tribute...
A breathtaking combination with a poignant story about the heroism and sacrifice of World War 1
4 Spectacular new colours
The ever-popular Dandy now available in 4 new colours
"Wild is the music of autumn winds..."
Classic styling of the CS Wordsworth
New! Ballpoint, Rollerball and Pencil options...
The perfect gift! Now available on selected models.
Welcome to our latest issue of Manuscript -the 10th newsletter from Bespoke British Pens. We have just started our 3rd year in business, so it's something of a milestone for us and, as ever, it is packed with information about our new releases and what we have been up to in the last couple of months as well as some details of new pens 'in the pipeline'.
Diary of a Shakespeare pen!
We are continuing to receive very positive reviews about our Shakespeare pens from collectors and writing enthusiasts worldwide. As you are probably aware, we are making a contribution to VSO from the sale of each pen to help children in Asia and Africa achieve a better education and ultimately a way out of poverty. As part of the ongoing project we have sent our Shakespeare pens to various parts of the world... in July and August they were in San Sebastian, Spain, the European City of Culture 2016, then off to Rio for the Olympics, then to Uganda with the CEO of VSO. You'll find a display of photos below.
In this issue you will also find details of the various new Conway Stewart pens we have released since the last newsletter, including the wonderful Wordsworth in Burgundy Blush - so elegant! - and the magnificent Poppy Pen.
As some of you will be aware, Conway Stewart issued a Poppy Pen in July 2014, just before the factory closed, and it is now highly collectable. This latest version of the Poppy pen has a different engraving on the barrel and cap, but still exudes the same elegance and understated sophistication which gives it its distinctive Britishness. It has been launched in time for Remembrance Day 2016 - a poignant reminder of the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.
Also released in the past month have been the new Conway Stewart Dandies in 4 never previously released colours that are already proving to be very popular.
In the movies
The Conway Stewart pens which were used in the Kingsman film in 2014 seem to have started a pattern... We have already sent more pens to Elstree to be used in the second Kingsman film due out next year and just this week we have been asked to provide more pens for a new British film about Winston Churchill. More details to follow in future issues of Manuscript.
Around the world
I'm always surprised by the worldwide appeal of our pens. In the past few weeks we have received orders from many places you might not think of as being enthusiasts for British-made pens, including Argentina, Philippines, Thailand, Romania, Belarus, China and South Korea. Add those to our regular customers in USA, Canada and Australia and you'll understand why we are all very proud of our export achievements. We export well over 65% of everything we make!
I do hope you enjoy 'Manuscript. If you do, please forward a copy to your pen friends and colleagues and express your enjoyment by 'liking' us on Social Media. You'll find all the links at the bottom of this email. It all helps to spread the word about BBP worldwide!
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The new Conway Stewart Dandies - pure perfection!
The Dandy has long been a much-loved Conway Stewart. Small, but perfectly formed! So when we found more components to make up some new colours, we jumped at the chance. The colours we has available last year - Bronze and Sepia Blue - sold out very quickly, so here is an opportunity for collectors to acquire one of the iconic Dandies before they disappear forever.
First up is the Carbon Black. It's difficult to show the nuances of light and dark in this material in a photograph. You've really got to rotate it slowly in your hand to realise how subtle the colour variations are... from almost white to jet black; from steel blue to aquamarine. Understated but very classy!
The Azure is a complete contrast. There's no subtlety here! These colours are bright and breezy like a tropical sea. If you prefer to make a statement with your pens, then this one is for you.
Galaxy is similar to the Nebula - a mix of deep red and black with a hint of blue, whereas the 4th in this new collection, the Burgundy Ripple is more straightforward - black and red swirled together like a pot of paint.
The colours in all 4 pens are offset by gold fittings and all have an original Conway Stewart 18ct gold nib - at least for the moment! There is a good selection of nib point sizes but best to get in early as we won't be able to get any more CS nibs once these are exhausted.
The Wordsworth is a classic British fountain pen. Classic style, outstanding design and always looks good in your hand. Perhaps not one of Conway Stewart's best-known models but we think it deserves recognition for what it is - a superb example of British craftsmanship. Only a handful now remain. Order soon to avaid disappointment. Full details here.
Conway Stewart Churchill Poppy pen (below)
As mentioned in the introduction, this Churchill Poppy pen has a chased (engraved) barleycorn pattern on both barrel and cap that make it very, very tactile. Add the sterling silver fitments and the 2-tone rhodium/gold nib and you have a pen that looks simply magnificent. But there's more...! We have added an enamelled button to the top of the cap representing a poppy. As a pen that aims to provide a poignant reminder of bravery in appalling conditions, this Churchill Poppy pen has no equal.
We have recently added this magnificent Dragonfly Blotter to our Accessories page. Made in England from a pewter dragonfly casting that's silver plated then mounted on a semicircular glass 'bottle', we think it deserves a place on every writing enthusiast's desk. Supplied with blotting paper already fitted (and some replacements), we think you'll love it!
Feedback from customers:
“I received my Conway Stewart Series 58 yesterday. Have purchased a lot of pens during my lifetime, but have never had one that is so light in weight and writes beautifully! The case that it came in also adds to the decor. Look forward to using this wonderful pen for a long time. I'm sure that this will not be last purchase from Bespoke!”
Joe Parker, USA
Diary of a Shakespeare Pen
Have pen, will travel!
Top left: In Rio - British Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP alongside Science Museum CEO Ian Blatchford signing a partnership agreement with Rio's Tomorrow Museum.
Top right: In London - VSO supporter Greg Dyke gets down to business with a Shakespeare Pen in hand.
Bottom Left: On stage at The British House in Rio - the Shakespeare Pen gets centre stage after a performance of The Tempest.
Bottom Right: In San Sebastian, Spain - after signing a copy of The Complete Works of Shakespeare for the European City of Culture 2016.
We will shortly issue details of our October 'Pen of the Month' - the Conway Stewart ChurchillLever-Fill in Flecked Autumn. It's a magnificent pen that's highly appropriate at this time of year!
We have also got the next new Stratford Pen issue almost ready for release. After many requests, we have made a new Doctor's Pen. It looks terrific!
If you would like advance notice of any of these new releases, just send an email marked 'New Releases'and I'll make sure you'll be the first to receive information about them.
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