Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition
Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition

Sumi - Creator Pen, Black Edition

Regular price £110.00
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(Sumi pens are made to order so please allow 1-2 weeks before dispatch)
Why do we have to buy several different pens to do different jobs? A rollerball for writing, a felt-tip for sketching a fineliner for detailed drawings, you get the idea. Most of these pens are cheap and disposable and aren’t really worthy of the work you create... enter stage left, The Sumi - Creator Pen.

It’s one beautifully balanced and considered pen which allows you to write, draw, sketch and doodle to your heart’s content with just a simple change of refill.
The Creator Pen is designed to accept the best refills out there, they’re called euroformat, you can buy them anywhere and they have the best ink capacity and are made by some of the finest pen makers like Montblanc and Monteverde.
The biggest benefit to this refill is that it comes in a plethora of styles and colours and after 3 years of testing I have curated a selection of my favourites all of which are great friends with the Creator Pen including:
  • The Schmidt 5888, A lovely smooth rollerball for writing, often credited as the best available by pen enthusiasts.

  • The Pilot Frixion, An erasable ink refill. This blew my mind the first time used it. Similar to a biro in style but with added benefit that you can erase it with a special rubber. It rubs out so well it’s like nothing was there in the first place.

  • The Schmidt 6040, fineliner refill has a soft spring-loaded nib for great control. It's a joy to sketch, or illustrate with and is also perfectly suitable for writing.

  • Schmidt 5020 Felt tip, This is hands-down my favourite refill.  It has an incredibly dark and smooth ink and by varying the amount of pressure it works just like a brush pen. Highly recommended!

  • Schmidt 5285, The extra fine needle-point tip is perfect for drawing or writing alike.
Now onto the pen itself, the finish is buttery smooth so it feels lovely in the hand, with just right amount grip for it not to feel slippery. The form gives a nod to the heritage of a classic quill and ink set whilst being infused with the aesthetics of Japanese minimalism. (hence the name Sumi which means ‘ink’).  The making of the pen is a different story, and is firmly rooted in the 21st century. By using state of the art CNC watchmaker’s lathes I can tweak and refine balance and weight to the 0.1 of a millimetre which has allowed be to create a supremely refined and well balanced pen.

It’s my hope the Sumi - Creator Pen will inspire you to do your best work and give you a sense of the endless creative possibilities we have!

Happy Writing.

Good to know & FAQs:
  • You can find individual refills here.

  • BONUS Want to use your Sumi as a Flex Fountain Pen?  No problem, you can find the attachment here.
  • The brass stand has been designed to be equally happy standing on your desk, or in your bag on the go.

  • Measures 165mm with brass stand, 150mm without and weighs 67g with brass stand, 25g without.

  • Each pen is beautifully presented in a gold foiled gift box.

  • Every pen is machined from solid metals on a lathe used for making fine watch and aerospace grade components, so you can be sure your pen will write perfectly for years and years to come.

  • Brass naturally develops a patina over time and with use. You can choose to embrace this unique change or use the polish provided to bring it back to it's gleaming best.

  • Every Pen is dip dyed by hand so may have small speckles or colour variations; it's part of what makes your pen unique!

  • We Ship Internationally.
  • Your order will be shipped within 48 hours when in stock, please refer to lead times of the product you are buying, as some handmade / hand dipped products may take longer until we send them.
  • All UK orders are shipped free over £60 using Royal Mail and there is a tracked or special delivery option so you can track them as they leave us. For International orders we use the Royal Mail’s Airmail service. Again, you can track them along the way.

Why Tom's Studio

Values & Craftsmanship

Tom still uses the same design principles as the very first pen he made for his wife. It's important to him to create products that his customers will cherish for the rest of their lives. It's why each every one of my products has a lifetime guarantee.

 "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful." William Morris

Creativity Tools

Tools of the past were made by master craftspeople that cared passionately about their craft and the experience of the people using their products. We seem to have lost the 'soul' of these tools in the age of mass production. It's my mission to bring the creative soul back to the tools we use every day.

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" Albert Einstein

Tried and Tested

Seeing his calligrapher wife, Gemma Milly, using a mass-produced calligraphy pen inspired Tom to craft a collection of pens that matched the high quality of her work. Using a 60-year-old engineering lathe, he now makes pens for some of the world’s most celebrated calligraphers and stationery brands.

"Beauty Is The Harmony Of Purpose And Form." Alvar Aalto

A Labour Of Love

From the first pen I made for my wife to the pens I now make for my customers around the world.  I put the same care and attention into each and every pen.  I love what I do and hope that it shows in the finished product.

old fashioned lathe