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#1 GuidoForks

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 13:25

Just supposing I was looking for a modern, high-quality British-made fountain pen. Is there anywhere to look apart from Conway Stewart?

Oh, and the Worcester Pen Company of course.







#2 Rufus

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 14:02

QUOTE(GuidoForks @ Jun 17 2008, 09:25 AM) View Post
Just supposing I was looking for a modern, high-quality British-made fountain pen. Is there anywhere to look apart from Conway Stewart?

Oh, and the Worcester Pen Company of course.


Classic Pens. Richard Binder has them on his website. I've just received a Legend in garnet fire from Richard and it is a real beauty: very high quality finish and attentention to detail.

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#3 simonrob

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 14:23

QUOTE(GuidoForks @ Jun 17 2008, 01:25 PM) View Post
Just supposing I was looking for a modern, high-quality British-made fountain pen. Is there anywhere to look apart from Conway Stewart?

Oh, and the Worcester Pen Company of course.


Is Yard-o-led still British?

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 15:12

I've never tried Sigma pens, but the company is, according to The Writing Desk's website, British:

http://thewritingdes...h...le&cat=pens

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#5 richardandtracy

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 09:41

Onoto.

At http://www.onoto.com

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#6 Deirdre

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 10:27

Dunhill. MacKinnon. Platignum.

Despite the name, Underwood (london) isn't British.

Yard o Led is still based in the UK.
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#7 davidv7

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 10:35

Sigma makes wonderfull pens. The Style is a fantastic everyday pen.

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 10:36

Conway Stewart
Yard-O-Led
MacKinnon Pens
Lincoln Pen
Sigma of England
David Hayward
Henry Simpole
Onoto
Worcester Pen Company

Apologies if I have left any out. I haven't included Parker in the list as any pen production that did take place in the UK will most likely move to France.

@Rufus: Classic Pens is run by a Brit but it's not really a British company.

HTH,

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#9 Rufus

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 14:06

QUOTE(twdpens @ Jun 18 2008, 06:36 AM) View Post
@Rufus: Classic Pens is run by a Brit but it's not really a British company.

HTH,

Martin


Martin, thanks for the clarification; I had always assumed they were UK-based. Their website gives a California contact address, but is silent on where the pens are actually manufactured. Do you know where they are made?

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 18:33

QUOTE(Rufus @ Jun 17 2008, 10:02 AM) View Post
Classic Pens. Richard Binder has them on his website. I've just received a Legend in garnet fire from Richard and it is a real beauty: very high quality finish and attentention to detail.

I saw this thread and thought I would expand on this a bit, as Classic Pens is not strictly a British manufacturer. I got the details below from Andy Lambrou of Classic Pens. The company website is:

Classic Pens

Classic Pens Limited was formed in England in 1987. The two founders and owners are Andy Lambrou and Keith Brown. They are the sole owners of the company. Keith Brown runs his own successful company Aromco Ltd (Aromco.com).

The principal products are the sterling silver CP series and the fountain pen books Andy authored. The CP pens were manufactured by the respective company - Parker in the UK for CP5, Aurora in Italy for CP3, Pelikan in Germany for CP6, Sailor in Japan for CP7 and Sheaffer in the USA CP1, CP2 and CP4.

The canvas for CP8 is the Legend 766 full size pen, the company's own model and it is being manufactured to the Classic Pens' specification by Aquila Brands in Italy - one of the strongest pen manufacturers today. The CP8 will be available in September as planned.


Classic Pens CP8

Classic Pens, Inc. was formed in Los Angeles in 1998 to service the American market. It is a full subsidiary of Classic Pens Limited. Andy and Keith are the sole owners. It has gradually developed its own products and has become the marketing and selling organization for both Classic Pens companies.

The products of Classic Pens, Inc. include the LS and AL Signature Maki-E pens using both the Parker Duofold and the Classic Legend as canvas. The Legend is in fact becoming the base of other pen series such as the LM1 Flame Red, the LB3 Jupiter and the LB4 Tahiti. The pens were manufactured by Aquila Brands, some were subsequently embelished with art (LB3 and LB4).


Classic Pens LB4

The ZJ series is based on the Legend 777 oversize pen and it is hand crafted in Europe.


Classic Pens ZJ1

Andy wears two hats as Managing Director of Classic Pens Limited and President of Classic Pens, Inc. He forms and runs working teams on the companies' projects. Working relationships with Parker, Masa Sunami, Murelli and Paul Rossi were established many years ago and continue to strengthen with new products.

At the forthcoming Washington DC Show, Classic Pens will exhibit prototypes and artist proofs for new series including the Classic Rossi CR1 Moonlight. This is a sterling silver overlay pen completely hand crafted in the USA (from the acrylic rods to the silver overlay) by Paul. It is a pen made in America by an American company.

Cheers,

Jim Mamoulides
www.PenHero.com




#11 Rufus

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Posted 18 June 2008 - 18:49

Jim M., thank you very much for putting this information together. Classic Pens certainly has an interesting business model; I always wondered how they were able to produce the classic Sheaffers, Parkers, etc. and now I know. They are truly a global pen company. The Legend 766 I recently acquired from Richard B. is remarkable pen and I can understand why it is being used as the basis for other models.
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Posted 18 June 2008 - 20:50

I thought I read on the forum that Mentmore has been resurrected but I maybe (& probably am) incorrect