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Issue 3 - June 2015
Flexible nibs!

You've been asking for them for years - and now we have created some superb 18ct gold flexible nibs for you. Try one... We think you'll love it!
Wellington and the Battle of Waterloo

Just released! A new Conway Stewart Wellington edition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
CS Series 100 'Meteor' Special edition

A new Conway Stewart limited issue in vibrant 'Meteor' acrylic. Final few remaining.
A pen to die for! 

The Conway Stewart Kingsman pen as used by Colin Firth and Sir Michael Caine in the movie 'Kingsman - The Secret Service'

Welcome! 


I'm delighted to welcome you to this third edition of 'Manuscript' the official newsletter of Bespoke British Pens. The past couple of months have been incredibly hectic - and rewarding - with many compliments and encouragements from pen collectors far and wide. 

The next few months are likely to be just as busy, with many new issues coming on stream. But more of that later... 

If you enjoy the newsletter, please forward a copy to your pen friends and colleagues and let's spread the word about BBP!

Best regards

David Cooper
Editor

Happiness is... A flexible nib!

Now available

One of the most frequently asked questions we have fielded since we started in the pen business over 10 years ago, is "Do you have any pens with flexible nibs?" and the answer has always been... "Sorry, today's nibs just don't have the same degree of flexibility you used to get with vintage nibs"... UNTIL NOW!
Over the past few months we have been working with one of the world's leading nib manufacturers to see if we could fine-tune their nibs to get that flexibility in a modern nib - and I'm delighted to say that we have done it!

The nibs are all in 18ct gold and are made by the same people who previously produced all the Conway Stewart and Onoto nibs - so the credentials are excellent! Each one bears our own Flag logo and they have been made to fit the majority of the Conway Stewart range (everything except the Coronet and Dandy which have a slightly smaller 'fit').

The initial batch is in Medium and they will be followed shortly by Fine and Broad nibs. So now you can order your favourite Conway Stewart pen with a flexible 18ct gold Flag nib. 

We have put one of these nibs into a Conway Stewart Winston (below) and given it to a number of pen connoisseurs to try. They have been overwhelming in their praise for the flexibility of the nib and the smoothness it brings to their writing style. 



100% refund Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love these flexible nibs that we are offering a 100% refund guarantee on every one ordered. If it doesn't meet your expectations, just return it to us and we will refund you in full. 

Conway Stewart Wellington 


Battle of Waterloo 200th Anniversary edition

Here's a new pen that's been very well received by CS collectors. The Wellington has a lovely shape and feel to it and when we discovered that we had just enough caps and barrels to make up an edition of 50 in this striking blue colour, it just had to be reserved for the Waterloo anniversary.


In case you don't know, here is the background to this special edition...

200 years ago, on 18 June 1815, the coalition armies of Great Britain, Prussia, Netherlands and Hanover, under the leadership of the Duke of Wellington, faced Napoleon's French army at Waterloo, some 15 km south of Brussels, in a battle that was to end Napoleon's rule as Emperor and determine the shape of Europe for the next 100 years.

Napoleon's wish to become Emperor of Europe had very quickly started to become a reality after his return to France from exile in Elba. Within days, he had been able to raise an army of over 300,000 men and was intent on driving the British into the North Sea and over-run the Prussians before turning his attention to Austria and Russia.  

His ambition however, came to an end at Waterloo where the British forces, ably supported by the Prussians under the command of Field Marshall Blucher, proved to be far too resiliant for the overstretched French army. The coalition forces drove the French back in disarray and eventually arrived in Paris where they restored King Louis XVIII to the throne. Napoleon surrendered and was exiled to the remote island of St Helena where he died in 1821. 
 

Limited to just 50 pens

To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, Bespoke British Pens has produced a superb new limited edition fountain pen - The Conway Stewart Wellington model, naturally - in Prussian Blue acrylic, complemented with 18ct gold and gold-plated fittings. 

The edition is limited to just 50 pens and each one will be accompanied by a special Certificate of Authenticity confirming the edition number. Each pen will be provided in a Conway Stewart black leather presentation box which may be converted to an elegant desk display stand.

For collectors who like to connect with British history, there's no finer tribute than this elegant Wellington pen. More than half the edition has already been snapped up, so you'll need to move quickly if you'd like to add one to your collection. 
Click to order

Conway Stewart's Kingsman - a pen to die for!

When Conway Stewart was asked to produce a pen that would be one of the star 'characters' in a full-length spy movie, there was only one choice for the style of pen... the magnificent Winston!

Approximately twenty black and gold Kingsman pens were specially made for the film, as each secret agent carries one. We sold the 10 we had available within a few hours of promoting it, so 'Congratulations' if you were one of the fortunate buyers!  
 

The 'Meteor' Special Edition

One of the joys we have discovered in sifting through all the stock of components we acquired from the Conway Stewart Administrators is finding a stunning colour combination that just shouts to be put together. And that was the case with the Meteor. The combination of red/orange/black acrylic with brilliant sterling silver fittings was an instant 'WOW!

Without hesitation, we agreed to make up as many as we could. Sadly, there were only 14, so it's a real collector's item. As of today, only 2 remain, so if you'd like to add one to your collection, now's the time to do it. 
Over the past few months we have been working with one of the world's leading nib manufacturers to see if we could fine-tune their nibs to get that flexibility in a modern nib - and I'm delighted to say that we have done it!

The nib is in 18ct gold and is made by the same people who previously produced all the Conway Stewart and Onoto nibs - so the credentials are excellent! Each one bears our own Flag logo and they have been made to fit the majority of the Conway Stewart range (everything except the Coronet and Dandy, which have a slightly smaller 'fit'). 

The initial batch is in Medium and these will be followed shortly by Fine and Broad nibs. So now you can order your favourite Conway Stewart pen with a flexible 18ct gold nib! 
Click to order

Coming soon!

So what are you likely to see over the next couple of months by way of new issues? As I mentioned at the start of the newsletter, we have been busy creating several new pens. All very different, but all very BBP!

Conway Stewart Churchills
First up is a small range of Conway Stewart Churchills in 4 different acrylic colours to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Churchill's death in 1965. 
Each pen will have a Churchill quote, 'Never Surrender!' engraved on the cap band. The quote was chosen as a result of a competition we held on our Facebook page where followers were invited to choose their favourite Churchill quote from three we listed. All very democratic. We think the great man would have approved!

Henry Simpole
Next is a Henry Simpole reproduction of a 1907 Onoto plunger-filler, including a delightful sterling silver overlay. There's a lovely story behind this pen which I'll reveal when we release full details of it.

If you would like to receive advanced notice of either of these pens, just click the link below and send me an email, mentioniong which one. I'll make sure you get a 'heads-up' before details are released to our full list of enquirers. 
Email now

And finally... 


What's the connection between Marilyn Monroe and Rolls Royce? All will be revealed in the next issue of Manuscript!

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