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My Pen Collection Part 3

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Indie Pens

I’m back with Part 3! I meant to include my “always inked” pens in this post, but it’s already so long, I don’t want to make it longer. So, I guess there will be a part 4.

As with my other pens, I keep my indie pens in rainbow order. The exceptions being my two urushi pens and my Permies.World pens. Those three live in the pen display box, as I don’t want to run the risk of ruining them with the elastic bands.

all of my indie pens

Once again, please use the form at the end of this post to vote for pens you want to see “pen porn” posts about.


18111 pens
Top to Bottom: Green Ivies, custom Harley Quinn, Red and Gold Hearts

I love 18111 and Mr. and Mrs. Nakama. They’re lovely people and an adorable couple. And Mr. Yoshi Nakama is exceedingly talented. I’ve written about the Harley Quinn pen I commissioned from him. The Green Ivies pen got a mention in that post and the 2018 DC Pen Show post. I bought myself the heart pen later. It’s so cute, I couldn’t resist. I still want one of his cherry blossom pens and one of his snowflake pens.

Atelier Lusso

Atelier Lusso pens
Lusso Dragon in Ivory and Carina 15 Timascus

I snagged one of the ivory dragon pens so fast that I got number one. In contrast, I missed the Timascus release and only got one because Eric was kind enough to sell me the artist proof. I’ll never be able to thank him enough for that.

Carolina Pen Company

carolina pen co pen
Charlotte DCMPC Capital Cherry Blossom

I’m surprised I only have on Carolina Pen Co pen. But, this one is, at least, really cool. Even better I was able to claim pen number 19.

Chesapeake Pen Company

chesapeake pen co pens
Custom Windlass Bottle Green and custom Spinnaker Orange and Driftwood

I have two Chesapeake Pen Co pens. They’re both very nice and well-made. However the Windlass bothers me in that it doesn’t fit in any pen cases or sleeves beyond the big one I use to hold my full indie collection. And it only fits in that if I insert it into the elastic loops cap first. The finial end of the barrel is just too wide.

Country Made Pens

country made pens pen
Brass Sleeve

I bought this as a birthday present for myself in 2020. I still love it, and I still want to get another pen from Troy. I just have to save up for a bit.

Den’s Pens

den's pens pens
Custom Baetylus Amethyst polished and custom Baetylus Amethyst matte

I wrote about my Den’s Pens commission late last year. I still love the pens. They’re awesome.

Divine Pens Plus (Formerly Divine Island Design)

divine pens plus pen

I also wrote about the seashore pen last year. Anyone noticing a theme? This is a fun, unique pen. I look forward to seeing what they create in the future.


franklin-christoph pens
Model 31 Cosmic Dust and Model 31 Lyra

These are both Goulet Pen Company exclusives. The Cosmic Dust is from 2019; the Lyra is from 2021. The Lyra was the first pen I purchased to represent a Hogwarts House. It’s for Slytherin.

I can’t use most Franklin-Christoph pens as the threads at the nib end of the section are very uncomfortable given the way I hold a pen. The only thing I would change about these, though, is the chunkiness of the threads. Additional, narrower, threads would likely help prevent the hard starts these pens sometimes suffer from.

Gravitas Pens

gravitas pens pen
Rose Gold Aluminum Black Skull

I’ve also written about this one. The design is fabulous, but there’s a bit of the metal-on-metal sound I dislike when opening and closing the pen. I’m waiting for Ben’s new polycarbonate (I think that’s what the material is) pens. No metal sounds there.

Hardy Penwrights

hardy penwrights pen
Companion Liquid Smoke Diamondcast

I was so happy to pick this up at BWIPS. I wrote about it then, and I still love it. Obviously. It hasn’t been very long.

Herbert Pen Company

herbert pen co pens
Poe NOLA Tricentennial collaboration with Papier Plume and Octogonal Poe Goldfish Ribbon

These pens have a special place in my heart, especially the NOLA Tricentennial pen. It has the distinction of being the first indie pen I purchased. And the Goldfish is what started me on my journey to collect pens that are unique to a specific indie maker.

Jason Niel Penworks

jason neil penworks pen
Modified Clarke Unicorn Horn

I wrote about this one in my BWIPS ’22 posts as well. It’s a gorgeous pen, and I’m going to enjoy using it for a long time.

Loft Pens

Stacked Pride
Custom Glenwood Stacked Pride

I’ve written a post about this one, so I won’t say much. But I love it. I love the message it has for me, and I can’t wait to commission a sister pen for it.

Mr. Cypress

mr. cypress pen
Modern Raden Colorful Geometry Ivory

No, I’m not forgetting my other Mr. Cypress pens, they’re part of my “always inked” rotation group. I’ll have a post about this beauty very soon. So, for now, suffice to say it’s beautiful.

Mythic Pens

mythic pens pen
Aeschylus Peacock Koi

I’ve also written about this one. The depth of the material is stunning.


Full view of English Garden
Customized PenBBS 323 “English Garden 2”

Having just written about this masterpiece, I’ll only say that you should keep an eye out for a fun accompaniment I’m planning for it.

River City Pen Company

river city pen co pens
Wizardly Woods Blue & Bronze and Arlington Mossanite & Custom Pour

The material combo on the Arlington is fantastic. And the Wizardly Woods is an excellent continuation of my quest to find an indie pen to match each Hogwarts House.

Ryan Krusac

ryan krusac pen
Legend L14 Purple Heart Alligator

Another BWIPS ’22 acquisition, also previously written about. I’m very happy to finally have one of Ryan’s pens.

Scriptorium Pens

scriptorium pens pens
Idyll Medium Peacock Lava Explosion and custom Exemplar Dark Cenote

Admittedly, these were bought more for the materials than the shapes. However, both are expertly crafted.

Smith Crafters

smith crafters pen
Shredded Money Writer Gold Rush

Another early indie purchase. The material is so much fun. I believe Anthony Smith has stepped away from penmaking, which is a shame. It makes this pen even more special, though.

Stanford Wood Studio

stanford wood studio pens
Dainty Dafoe Africa Moon Midnight Blue and African Miyuki Magic Sunshine & Azalea

Given that my last two posts (commission | pen porn) were about these pens, I don’t think I need to say much more right now. Just know that they’re awesome.

Tamenuri Studio

Tamenuri Studio
Kawari-Nuri and Nashiji Nuri on unknown pen model

What can I say about this pen that I haven’t already? It’s stunning, and I’m sure I’ll be adding more of Michal’s pens to my collection in the future.

The Chicago Pen Company

the chicago pen co pen
Aristophanes Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

The hummingbird pen inspired my Makeup Monday Pen Makeup Instagram posts. That should be a pretty good indication of how much I love it.

Walltown Pens (Formerly Walltown Craftworks)

walltown pens pen
Watts Glacier Bay

Another pen purchased more for the material than the shape. But can you blame me? And it’s also very well made.

Wood Wonders of North Carolina

wood wonders of NC pen
Modified Frenchie Water Lily Koi

I desperately wanted a water lily koi pen. And I was very happy when I managed to snag one. This one is beautifully made and polished. The problem, however, with these kinds of swirly materials is that you never know what you’re going to get. While the pen itself is expertly crafted, the way the material looked in the end isn’t exactly what I’d wanted. I need to remember to buy finished pens when it comes to the swirlies — as opposed to commissioning pens from rods.

Woodshed Pen Company

woodshed pen co pens
Top to Bottom: Nordic Snow, Mermaid Tears, Sparkly Green, Sparkly Purple (?), and Morning Cloud

I seem to be collecting Woodshed pens without actively attempting to do so. A couple of these were gifts. The rest I’ve picked up for love of the materials. Mike does some excellent work, and is finishing is great. He lets the material shine, literally and figuratively.

Time to Vote

Please vote for pens you want to see “pen porn” posts about. If you prefer, you can go directly to the form.

Alright, those are my indie pens. This is the section of my collection that I expect to grow the most. There are still quite a few companies I want to order from and additional pens I want to commission.

Anyway, what do you think of this part of my collection? Do you own any of them? Have I made you want any? Let me know in the comments. I love hearing from you! Thanks for reading!

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  1. Di

    Thank you so much for including two of the pens you commissioned from us. We love your collection and agree that every one of the pens is breathtaking. Well done for a great series on your pen collection.

    April 22, 2022
    • Thank you! I love having your pens. They’re fabulous additions to the collection. 😁

      April 22, 2022

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