About Us

The Pen Shop has a long and distinguished history in the sales of fine writing, dating back to 1858 when T & G Allan was first established as a Stationer and Bookseller in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

It was almost another 90 years before The Pen Shop would become the first fine writing instrument specialist in the United Kingdom, when it opened its doors on June 3rd 1946.

Over the next 40 years, The Pen Shop became popular as the destination of choice for great personal service, width of assortment and expert product knowledge, gaining a loyal customer following.

One of the newest Pen Shop Stores, based in the Trafford Centre


However, it was another 40 years before the new concept Pen Shop opened in Glasgow on December 10, 1988, that it would begin its journey to become the largest Writing Instrument Specialist in Europe.

After more than 150 years of ownership by The Allan Family, the Company is now owned by The McClymont Family. Colin McClymont conceived The Pen Shop concept almost 30 years ago, following his appointment to lead and expand the business through the next chapter of its history.

He has now been joined by his wife, Sally, a successful retailer in her own right, who has held many senior positions in the Fashion Industry, and shares his passion for exceptional customer service.

The first Pen Shop in Princes Square, Glasgow, which opened in 1988


Writing is expression, it's unique, it's personal and it's who you are!

Today, The Pen Shop has well established stores in 17 city centre locations throughout the United Kingdom, and a new, custom designed, state-of-the-art website, servicing customers all over the world.

Whether you shop online or visit one of our nationwide stores, you will enjoy a choice from an expansive range of Luxury and Premium Writing Instruments and Gifts. We pride ourselves on offering a great customer experience, as well as a full after sales service, from a well-trained team of dedicated, loyal staff.

Despite the technology revolution in communication, it is comforting that the humble writing instrument is more popular today than it ever has been, with fountain pens the fastest growing sector.

One of our Concessions in Fenwick, Newcastle

The Pen Shop - Experts in Pens, Experts in Service

The Pen Shop stocks a wide range of luxury and premium pen brands, including Montblanc, Caran d’Ache, Graf von Faber Castell, Cross, Lamy, Sheaffer, Parker and Waterman, together with an extensive range of gifts and leather accessories.

In addition to our retail outlets, The Pen Shop services the business community through our Corporate division.

We launched our own brand, Kingsley, over 20 years ago, initially as a leather accessory range but it now includes an extensive writing instrument collection.

A small selection of our huge range of Montblanc products


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The Pen Shop: 12th Edition Catalogue

We hope you get as much enjoyment from browsing our latest catalogue as we did putting it together.

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