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πŸ”” LAMY available at Pennonia

Great news! LAMY fountain pens and inks are available at Pennonia!!!

LAMY is one of the biggest makers of fountain pens in the world. Their iconic models from the Safari to the 2000 are known throughout the world for their high quality, excellent writing performance and magnificent attention to detail.

You check out the pens, inks and notebooks in the categories or by following the links. πŸ˜€

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2020 Spring Sale – March 30th to April 13th

I am launching a sale on select inks brands:

There is also a 10% off coupon available for Kaweco pens which you can use at the checkout: KAWECO10

Due to the ongoing pandemic I had to disable delivery with Romania Post as they have stopped delivering to many countries and it’s not the safest to visit the post office. All deliveries will be handled through DHL Airmail.

Diamine (Standard), Platinum, Rohrer & Klingner (Standard & SketchINK) and Standardgraph inks are available until stocks last, unfortunately I can’t take backorders for them at the moment.

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KWZ Inks are available at Pennonia!

I’m happy to announce that starting from today KWZ Inks are available at Pennonia! πŸ˜€ The plan was to meet Konrad and Agnieszka at the 2020 Poland Pen Show but the pandemic turned everything upside down. Nonetheless it didn’t stop us from starting a business relationship.

As a fountain pen enthusiast KWZ inks have been in my personal collection for a long time now. Having them available on the website is a great step towards growing Pennonia, making shopping more appealing but it also gives me personal satisfaction to know that I can carry such cool inks and support KWZ at it. It has always been my philosophy to only carry and/or stock up on something that I personally would stand behind, recommend and use myself.

I’m not going to mince any more words because I don’t like useless filler text so let’s end this post with some personal recommendations from their line-up. You can check out the inks that are in stock here or by navigating to them from the menu.

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Pennonia Inks – 15 new colors!

Hey everyone! I’ve been super busy working on the in-house inks and they finally came to fruition! πŸ˜€ It took a little bit more than half a year to get here and truth be told progress was slow…tooo slow. I feel like the bulk of the research that needed to be done is past me and I am confident that the inks high quality and safe to use even in the most expensive pens.

The Inks and the Colors

Currently there are 15 new colors available but I do plan to introduce more as my time permits.

The Bottles

As you can see from the cover photo as well, not only the colors are new. While the old bottles were beautiful I needed to switch because the post kept breaking +50% of the fancy bottles each time. Needless to say that’s unfair for both me and the glass maker to bear the cost of so I now source these bottles locally from Budapest. I opted for amber bottles both because they were visually more appealing than the clear versions but also because it protects the ink from light.

Next up the labels. The design completely changed. For once, the old logo got replaced with the new Hungarian runes version. “Handmade” got onto it as well since these are 100% made by me in my small home lab and as you can see the color of the ink is now drawn directly onto it and not printed on. It was hard to match the color of the ink on the label previously to what was in the bottle plus that was plastic, this is paper which can be completely washed away. The adhesive that holds it onto the bottle is also water soluble because it’s….wait for it…milk! Yeah you have read that right, I use milk to stick labels onto the bottles. It turns out it’s a popular adhesive in the homebrew beer scene for sticking labels on bottles.

This means that the bottles can be completely and easily cleaned and reused once the ink runs out. I’m even seriously considering offering a free bottle of ink in anyone’s next order for every ten they send back. Although this probably wouldn’t be worth it considering shipping costs but hey, if we ever meet at a pen show I’ll definitely trade in old bottles. I mean why waste when you can recycle?

Packaging

Finally one more thing. I now have boxes for the inks. Previously I haven’t thought about it and by the time I realized that I needed boxes for safer shipping I have already decided to switch bottles so it wasn’t worth paying for the custom tools required to cut out the boxes.

Why go with Pennonia inks?

I did a lot of testing with these inks and I feel they came out great, they are safe to use in fountain pens and I’m constantly trying to improve the formula and the preparation method to produce high quality inks! I also think some of the colors are unique but I do understand they might not satisfy the needs of all inkaholics who have moved past “standard” colors. They perform well, have decent water resistance too. I wouldn’t call them dry inks and I’m always open to feedback on how to improve them! So if you do get to try them and have any thoughts about them, let me know via e-mail or through Instagram!

Being a new player in the field I know the brand has to build up trust in the eyes of my intended audience. I was lucky enough to catch the eyes of the famous Nick Stewart who created swatch tests of the inks.

I will also attend the Pen Show Poland 2020 in Katowice this year so you can come up to table 19 and have a chat with me, try out the inks and see for yourself how they behave.

I was also lucky to catch the eye of @ink.o.holic and @by_stalowka who will soon receive samples of the inks so be sure to follow them! They will also be at the Pen Show Poland!

Pennonia inks are also available from MΕ±vΓ©szek Boltja in Budapest!

That’s not all! A world first is the ability to combine any ink color with any shimmer color out of our line up!

Closure

Thank you for sticking all the way to the end of this long post! I hope you get the chance to try out the inks and if you have any questions or feedback about them, don’t hesitate to let me know!

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Inktober and INK SALE until October 7th at 23:59 (UTC+1)

In honor of Inktober we are having a one week sale on most of our inks! πŸ˜€ Just on to our homepage where you can see all of the current deals or feel free to browse the categories.

If you don’t know what Inktober is then check out the official website here, or if you don’t want to click away I’ll quote it here for you! πŸ˜‰

Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge by doing one ink drawing a day the entire month.I created Inktober in 2009 as a challenge to improve my inking skills and develop positive drawing habits. It has since grown into a worldwide endeavor with thousands of artists taking on the challenge every year.

ANYONE CAN DO INKTOBER,

JUST PICK UP A PEN AND START DRAWING.

This year we decided to feature ink splashes instead of drawings but we do try to choose a color that at least relates to the theme of the day! πŸ˜€

Be sure to follow us on Instagram where we’ll post every day during the Inktober Event πŸ˜€

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Organizing the Pelikan Hub – Budapest 2019

This year’s hub is going to be really special because it’s the first year where I’m going to be the Hub Master in Budapest! πŸ˜€ However that’s not the only thing that makes this year’s Hub such an important date. Exactly one year ago, I went to my first ever pen meet where I met awesome people and where technically Pennonia became “known”. Yay!

I still remember I was really anxious and excited, I just had to move to Budapest two months after I officially launched the website. Things were a bit hectic, I was struggling to upload a bajillion products, I was also working on my first inks. I actually took these inks to the Hub and gave them away as gifts for everyone.

Last year’s Hub was organized by Daniel, a local fountain pen enthusiast and really the supporting pillar of the fountain pen community in Budapest because he is the one who organizes the monthly pen meets and I think I speak for all when I say, the local FP community wouldn’t be where it is now if not for him. So thanks Dani!

It was actually Dani who encouraged me to take up the mantle this year for the Hub and it was something that I have gladly accepted! πŸ˜€ I’m a pretty huge Pelikan fan with a decent collection, so the brand stands close to my heart and you can bet I was happy when I was selected to be this year’s Hub Master.

In 2019 Pelikan released the Star Ruby ink and the special edition M205 that goes with it.

If things work out I might actually have the chance to take the new M205 to the Hub to show it to everyone. Naturally a bottle of Edelstein Star Ruby goes to everyone courtesy of Pelikan.

But we’re not here to talk about Star Ruby, so let’s move on to…

Finding the right place

You might wonder, what actually does a Hub Master need to do in the background to organize the Hub? Well it’s not really rocket science but I did have some trouble with it at first. Fortunately or unfortunately the Budapest Hub is rather small with this year clocking in at 15 participants. This means we can get away with reserving a table in a cafe or a restaurant instead of having to rent out a room or space somewhere.

The only headache it caused me was finding the right place. You would think Budapest has a lot of choices (and maybe I was just not good) but in reality, most cool cafes are too small to accommodate a group of 15 people at a big table. So I went to check out a couple of places and just when I thought I found the perfect one, it turns out that they literally have live concerts each evening…sooo the search continued. I found another cool place online and when I wanted to check it out they were on vacation for two weeks! Not wanting to risk it and to cut it close, I continued to look for the right place. I eventually found it and reserved a table.

If you want to check it out I can definitely recommend the place! It’s called Kelet Cafe, located between Moricz Zsigmond Korter and Szent Gellert Ter.

Extra goodies and how to improve the Hub experience

Naturally I have prepared something nice for this year’s Hub as well and I think a Hub Master should also take care of the guys who forgot to register so Pennonia will sponsor their Star Rubies so they won’t miss out on the fun. πŸ˜€

Some Hub Masters also e-mailed their local stationary shops in the hopes of getting sponsored goodies for the attendants, while others are preparing ink samples, paper samples etc.

Then there’s also the possibility to find a person who could be invited to talk about pen restoration, nib grinding, ink making and other interesting things related to the hobby. This year I tried to ask a local fountain pen restorer and he actually said that he will try to make it! πŸ˜€ So fingers crossed!

Last year Dani took us to one the coolest stationary shops (Bomo Art) so if you’re going to be a Hub master, that’s also a great choice to do! It was fun, interesting and we got to chat with the proprietor of the shop about both running a stationary business, as well as fountain pens and inks.

Final words

All in all I can’t wait to finally go to the Hub! I could also write a few more pages about being a Hub Master and I’m sure once my first Hub is over I will be able to write even more haha! So if you have any questions regarding it, just leave a comment below! πŸ˜€

I will definitely apply next year as well! While finding the right place was frustrating and took most of my attention, if the current place turns out to be good then next year I will put more attention towards improving the experience and making it a truly unique pen meet for all participants.

Naturally starting from this year, Pennonia will try to feature a Pelikan Hub sale if it’s possible.

I will also update the blog with photos and do a write-up of the whole experience and I also can’t wait to show you guys the surprise ink that I prepared for this year. πŸ˜€

I wish everyone a great Pelikan Hub!

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SALE: The new partnership sale until 16th August, 23:59 (UTC+1)

To celebrate our new partnership with DHL we decided to have a sale on select items now that we can finally take advantage of cheap international shipping. This means that inks are definitely on sale baby! πŸ˜€

The sale of course also includes pens and notebooks as well so head on over to the sales page or feel free to browse our catalogue.

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DHL as shipping partner – should’ve been the first choice from day one

I’m happy to announce that as of today DHL and Pennonia partnered up to offer fast, reliable delivery of your purchases with reasonable shipping prices.

Here’s what you need to know about the changes happening at Pennonia:

  1. We are dropping DPD as a choice for international deliveries. Only exception is Hungary.
  2. We are dropping Romanian Post and Hungarian Post for international deliveries.
  3. Domestic deliveries within Romania will be handled by FAN Courier.

We are on full DHL mode and I’m sure everyone will find this move convenient and comfortable (for yourself and your wallet as well). The main advantage after the lower cost is that deliveries will now be faster and can also be tracked more reliably and easily.

Please consult the FAQ here for shipping zones and rates.

I didn’t want to turn this post into a long one but I rarely get a chance to talk about starting up the business, plus I rarely have the time to post on the blog anyway, so things build up. If you’re not interested in my jibber-jabber and only came for the news part, then this is a great place to stop reading and starting to put that sweet pen/ink combo you were eyeing into the cart! πŸ˜›

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