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Issue 13 - April 2017
Conway Stewart Dandy range 2017
Just Dandy!
The beautifully proportioned and very colourful Conway Stewart Dandy
- all with original Conway Stewart gold nibs.
See notes on nib options for the Dandy range below.


I'm delighted to welcome you to Manuscript 13 - the latest newsletter from Bespoke British Pens designed to keep you up to date with everything that's happening in our world of beautiful British pens.

Pens in the news...

I'm sure, like me, you have been intrigued to see the media interest in the types of pens being used by both Donald Trump (a Cross) and Theresa May (a Parker Duofold) to sign very important documents recently - and disappointed that there isn't a British pen in sight! Well, watch this space.... we are working on it!  

Equally important (to us!) is the work we have been doing to our website recently. You'll find more details of this important work later in this newsletter.

Of course, you'll also find details of all the latest BBP releases together with some notes about pens in the pipeline. If you'd like more information about any of the pens shown, just click on the image and you'll find much more information on the relevant web page.

If you enjoy reading 'Manuscript', 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!

Best wishes

David Cooper

Making us - and you - more secure

One of the major issues facing all companies which trade online is keeping everything safe and secure - and we've all read stories of hacking on a global scale. It's your personal data that online thieves are after, so we put online security right at the top of our business agenda. That's why we have just invested heavily in creating a robust website that 'ticks all the boxes' as far as security is concerned - and why you'll now see the little 'lock' icon at the top of all our web pages.

One of the benefits that you may also notice is that having our own secure server means that the access/page loading speed has improved.

We have also added a 'Live Chat' function to our website, so if you need any more information you can send a quick message to us and one of the team will get back to you instantly. (Well, almost instantly!)

Shakespeare Pens still creating worldwide interest

We are constantly surprised by the continued interest in our Shakespeare pens. After all, they were issued to celebrate the 400th Shakespeare anniversary last year, and we expected interest to dwindle once the anniversary year had ended. Far from it! There is continuing interest from pen enthusiasts all around the world. Like the longevity of his plays and sonnets, it seems there is ongoing love for the Shakespeare Pens, too. Here's a quick reminder: 
Shakespeare Pen in Vermeil Silver
Shakespeare Pen in Sterling Silver
Shakespeare Pen in sterling silver with 18ct gold Flag nib
For more details of the Shakespeare Collection, click here. 

Conway Stewart nibs - clarity on what's available

One of the most frequently asked questions we receive is whether we have an original Conway Stewart nib to fit a particular pen. Most of the time our answer is the same... "Sorry, we don't have one to fit that pen but you might like to consider one of our fabulous Flag nibs, instead."

So to avoid any confusion, here's a list of pens that are sold with CS nibs together with the nib width availability for each one.

Conway Stewart Series 58 (currently available in Classic Black, Fresian and Nebula)

Conway Stewart Coronet (currently available in Shingle and Marble Ice)

Conway Stewart Dandy (currently available in Carbon Black, Burgundy Ripple, Galaxy and Azure)
We have two different Conway Stewart 18ct gold nibs to fit these pens - one is gold all over, the other is rhodium-plated over gold (so it's silver in colour). They are available in the following sizes:

In all gold finish – Double Broad (BB), Broad (B) and Extra Fine (EF)

In rhodium finish – Double Broad (BB), Broad (B), Extra Fine (EF), Italic Broad (IB) and Italic Fine (IF).

There is a photo below of the CS nibs alongside the Flag nib which we use on the majority of CS pens, apart from those mentioned above. 

A review of our new releases:

In case you missed them, here's a quick summary of our most recent releases:

Conway Stewart Churchill 'Silver Storm'

The image below can only give you an impression of the subtlety of colour, the light and dark silver shades, the luminescence and the almost mystical qualities of the extraordinary 'Silver Storm' acrylic material.You need to hold it and turn it in your hand to fully appreciate all its qualities.

Beautifully designed and classically styled, the Churchill is a pen that says as much about its owner as it does about its namesake... One of those design classics that never goes out of style, however fashions might change.

For more details, click here
Conway Stewart Churchill Silver Storm

Conway Stewart Wordsworth 'Bracken'

The Wordsworth is a timelessly elegant, mid-sized pen with a slight taper to the barrel and a gently rounded top to the cap, reminiscent of the larger and weightier Winston.

Bracken is a complex acrylic material composed of many shades of rich browns and deep reds with the occasional flake of metallic green. The complexity of the material means no two pens will ever be the same, so if you are looking for a luxury pen that's as individual as you are, the Wordsworth Bracken takes some beating!

For more details, click here
Conway Stewart Wordsworth Bracken

Conway Stewart Series 100 'Demo'

The Conway Stewart Series 100 Demo is sure to catch the attention and admiration of everyone who sees it. Always popular with pen collectors, the Conway Stewart Series 100 has stood the test of time and is as popular today as it was when it was first introduced in the autumn of 1954.

The Series 100 'Demo' is a made from an unusual acrylic that is semi-opaque. Rotate it in your hand and in places you'll catch glimpses of the convertor or cartridge inside the barrel. In other places the mottled black, grey, blue and silver in the acrylic give it a mysterious, metallic - almost electric - feel.

For more details, click here. 

Feedback from customers:

"My Series 100 (in Nebula) arrived yesterday. It was delivered with the usual prompt efficiency and style of a Bespoke delivery. It was a different purchase from the usual 'treat yourself to another excellent pen' purchase. It was to replace my 'original' series 100 which is showing the signs of it's 50 year life.
So how does it compare? It's certainly more colourful. But has the same weight, heft and balance of its predecessor. And the Flag M nib is seriously smooth. Converter filling may not be classic but works really well. Good for the next 50 years I reckon."

Andrew. Australia

Stop Press! 

There are lots of new pens in the pipeline for the next couple of months, so keep your eyes peeled for each special email release for each one.

First, we have a striking Conway Stewart Churchill in Peppered White.

Next, we have put together a small collection of the popular Conway Stewart Nelson model in six different colours! They will be available in Walnut, Flecked Autumn, Graphite, Black Whirl, Nebula and Sapphire Blue - all in very limited numbers. 

There's also the new range of acrylic Stratford pens with sterling silver fittings plus The Accountant's Pen to add to our 'Professionals' range and a new set of Wedding pens - the perfect gift for the happy couple! A little further ahead there's the new version of the Conway Stewart Churchill as a plunger-filler with a size 8 Conway Stewart nib.  

And finally... our new twin pen case is almost ready. It looks and feels great! Hopefully, it will feature in the next issue of Manuscript.

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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