Great Pen Stores
We all search for that great pen store. That is the store that has a good selection of pens, creates a environment to encourages trying various pens before you buy, and has staff that know it may be a few visits before you are quite sure of the right pen. Part of the experience of writing with a fine pen is the actual purchase because the right pen is the one that fitst your hand, has a nib appropriate for your writing and is within an acceptable price range.
On-line sales are a reality of life today. It can be great to snag a great deal off an on line source. But I prefer the experience of going into a pen store, trying out a number of pens, trying different nibs (they all write a little differently) and then making my selection.
There is usually that great closing: "What colour ink would you like with your pen?"
I enjoy visiting pen stores on our travels. We travel extensively in France and Italy. We have traveled so much we even do travel consulting (www.marcustravel.com) and have put together great trips for folks.
Great pen stores are listed by the following countries:
By Fall 2014 I returned from yet another great trip to Italy. Of course in Rome, I spent some time linking up with Marco at Novelli Pen in Rome. When you have been shopping at a store for more than 25 years there is something special there. This year for fun I created a short video, A Walk to Novelli on Tumblr, facebook and Google+.