The Nib Section

25 - Top Pen & Stationery Retailers

August 3, 2018

Five hosts, some new and some returning, break down their favourite online and b&m pen retailers.


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The hosts were Chuck (@entree3000_), Sharyn (@sharynzha), Brian (@briansaputro), Jon (@thebeautifulbrain) and Hayden (




01:28—What We Are Writing With


Chuck: Sailor x Classic Pens Realo w/ Diamine Twilight

Brian: Namiki Nippon Art Origami Penguin w/ Sailor Nioi Sumire

Jon: Montblanc 90th Anniversary Guilloche 146 EF and Sailor Pro Gear Hummingbird with Raden

Sharyn: Pelikan M400 White Tortoise

Hayden: Parker Striped Duofold Major “Dusty Red” w/ J. Herbin Vert Empire


03:27—Top online retailers  


  1. Pen Classics NZ
  2. Overjoyed
  3. Peter’s of Kensington
  4. Pen Chalet
  5. Rakuten - in particular Pent


  1. Cerisiers Japonais
  2. Hobby Japan
  3. Engeika / Hunnyhunt
  4. Pisuke2005
  5. Carmen Rivera Pens


  1. Pensive Pens
  2. Goulet Pens
  3. My Hearty Timber Box
  4. Milligram, formerly NoteMaker
  5. Peter’s of Kensington


  1. Fountain Pen Network Classifieds
  2. Classic Pens (
  3. Bookbinders Online
  4. Goulet Pens
  5. La Couronne du Comte


  1. Rakuten
  2. Classic Pens (
  3. Milligram, formerly Notemaker
  4. Bookbinders Online
  5. Goulet Pens


  1. Goulet Pens, Bookbinders Online (tied)
  2. Rakuten, Classic Pens (tied)
  3. Pen Classics NZ, Pensive Pens, Cerisiers Japonais, Milligram, FPN (tied)


27:12—Honourable mentions

Chatterley Luxuries

Pendleton’s Pens


28:37—Top brick and mortar retailers


  1. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  
  2. Milligram, Melbourne Central
  3. Bespoke Letterpress, Bowral
  4. Bookbinders Online, Brisbane
  5. Peter’s of Kensington, Kensington and Paper2, Surry Hills (closed)


  1. Aesthetic Bay, Singapore
  2. PenUltimate, Sydney Chifley Plaza
  3. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  
  4. Peter’s of Kensington, Kensington
  5. Kinokuniya, Sydney


  1. Kingdom Note, Tokyo
  2. Bungubox, Omote-sando
  3. Sekaido, Shinjuku
  4. G. Itoya, Ginza
  5. Peter’s of Kensington, Kensington and Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  


  1. Bungubox, Omote-sando
  2. Nagasawa Umeda, Osaka and Nagasawa Penstyle Den, Kobe
  3. Aesthetic Bay, Singapore
  4. Milligram, Melbourne Central
  5. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD  


  1. Kinokuniya, Sydney
  2. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD
  3. Wonder Pens, Toronto  
  4. G. Itoya, Ginza
  5. Officeworks


  1. Dymocks Stationery, Sydney CBD
  2. Bungubox, Omote-sando
  3. Aesthetic Bay, Singapore  


51:39—Special mentions

Richard Binder

Oscar Braun Pens

Tokyo Quill

Peyton Street Pens




It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017)

Getting a blood test if you’re over 25

The Mummy (2017)

Getting lost when travelling in a foreign country

Act III, Scene I, La Clairiere 90x90 carré by Hermès



1:02:59—Thanks and Credits

Producers: Diana Dai, Chuck Montano, Sharyn Zha.

Recording and editing: Diana Dai.

Music: Michael Pearce.

Logo: Will H. Smith.

Logo artwork: Melissa Graf.