Gorgeous and exceptionally well made
I have been eyeing up the Sumi pen for a while and bought it as a birthday present to myself. It is even more beautiful in real life and is perfect sitting on my desk, ready for whenever I need. It is exceptionally well made and perfectly balanced which makes it such a joy to write with. The creators pen has so many options which let you unleash your creativity. I also bought the fountain pen attachment and it has quickly become one of my favourites. I wanted a pen to practice my calligraphy and this has been such a useful alternative to the dip pens as I don't have to worry about any spilled ink. The nib has become better with use and I find this is the pen I reach for the most. Customer service is also brilliant as Gemma was quick to sort out my queries. I also really enjoyed the Dorset tea, simply delicious.
Sleek, stylish, superbly functional - another great pen from Tom's Studio
The Creator Pen, with the addition of a matching flexible nib fountain pen section, is a little like a Swiss army knife of a pen, though you have to swap the pen inserts by unscrewing the grip section to change function rather than just unfolding the tools. Buying the complete set gives you fine tips, felt tips, ball tips, a Pilot Frixion tip (complete with an eraser) and a fountain pen for you to let loose all your creative talents. The matt black finish provides a comfortable, non-slip and non-mark hold, with the vertical brass desk stand offering a readily accessible but low-clutter parking spot for the pen between writing or drawing tasks. The pen is incredibly comfortable to hold and use, perfectly balance and light so great for extended use. The fountain pen section (which screws-in in place of the modern pen insert holder) is a joy to write with. It's great for everyday writing but it's flexible nib lets you unleash your calligraphy skills (or allows you to develop them, if you've yet to set out on that road). I have to admit that this isn't the first of Tom's pens that I've bought or been given (this was a 70th birthday present from my wife) - I've got another Sumi fountain pen and four different styles of dip pens too. Though all different, they have some common features: excellent design, beautifully engineered and with Tom's craftsmanship obvious in every detail.
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
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
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
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.