The Galen Leather Co. from Istanbul in Turkey publishes an annual list of the best writing instrument manufacturers in the world. The focus here is on "bespoke" and "custom made" fountain pens. This year ELBWOOD is there!
THE BESPOKE PEN - A ROMANTIC THING
There are custom pen makers all over the world who have taken the basic tenants of turning a fountain pen (something that has been done for centuries,) and added their own stories, philosophies, and history to them. Many of them are lovingly focused on this singular item. They are in big cities and tiny towns, sometimes using the places and the natural elements around them to distinguish the style of their pens. Many of these custom fountain pen artisans have created their own materials and pushed the boundaries of machinery to offer new perspectives of what a pen can be. The commonality is that the writing instrument has been an inspiration to all of them. They are the maker and original keepers of these objects. When presented to the new keeper of the pen, the object takes on a whole new meaning. The next story begins and starts to create a secondary history that will outlast both them and the person who created it.
The “E” in Elbwood should also stand for Elegant and its atelier’s master craftsman and sole proprietor, Frank Pressentin is as elegant as his bespoke pens and pencils. There is nothing rushed and fussy about these writing instruments. They are luxurious in their simplicity and express their beauty in fine lines, curves and gorgeous materials. There is nothing extraneous and nothing mechanized. The work is all done by hand, passing the artist’s emotions into each piece like a sculptor...
Here is the full list: 54 OF THE WORLD'S BEST CUSTOM MADE PEN MANUFACTURERS (www.galenleather.com/blogs/news/custom-pen-makers)