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Friday, August 29, 2014

DC Gets Inked

The air was filled with the salty aroma of hundreds of uncapped ink bottles that were left at many a stations for trial. Shiny pens, thousands in number, laid neatly on the tables. Some strolled down from aisle to aisle, admiring what they saw. Letting out sighs of "Ooohs" and "Ahhs". Sometimes stopping to try what they saw and liked. And there were others rushing in hopes of finding the pen of their dreams. For many the dream turned into reality. For some, there is always another year. Have you guessed already what it is? Yes, it is the Washington DC Pen Show 2014.

The grand hall of Sheraton Premiere Hotel was dwarfed by floods of pen enthusiasts, collectors and novices who poured in as soon as the doors opened. Showcasing a wide array of old, new, branded and unbranded pens from over, Washington DC  Pen Show 2014 was a hit, if nothing else. But it was more. Lots of new faces floated amidst many old ones. It was a beginning of a new chapter for those who were at the show for the first time. They made new friends, fell in love and hopefully will be back next year. For others, it was a reunion: of like-minded people, of old friends and of long lost love.

We at Pen Boutique were honored to see some customers, return again after last year; if not to buy pens, then to meet us. Monk Paper, the online lokta paper store, made its debut at Pen Show this year which was well received by the visitors. We also held a contest during the four-day event, which ended up making a very special guy very happy. Anson, became the winner of the contest and received a Lokta traveler journal and the Rare Retro 88 ballpoint pen.

It is always heartwarming to see someone unwrap a gift. Maybe that is why it is said, "Giving is more blessed than receiving." Here is a picture of Anson with the gifts,



This smile is one reason why, we at Pen Boutique love giving prizes. You can also watch this priceless video of him opening the gift.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Congratulations DC Pen Show Winner


CONGRATULATIONS to the Pen Boutique's WINNER of DC Pen Show 
Mr. Anson, DC Pen Show Winner
The Washington DC Pen Show 2014, which kicked off on 7 August for four days, was a huge success; thanks to all the pen enthusiasts who participated. We are glad to announce that we have picked a winner of the DC Pen Show Contest 2014 that happened at the venue.

Can we have a drum roll, please? Ba-dr-dr-dr........

And the winner is........Anson. Congratulations!!! Anson won a beautiful Lokta traveller journal and the Rare Retro 88 ballpoint pen. Here is a picture of him with the pen and the journal.

We hope you enjoy using them, as much as we have enjoyed giving it to you.



Monday, August 25, 2014

PARKER IM BALLPOINT

Parker IM Ballpoint Pen
Parker IM Ballpoint Pens
"Being one of my favorite pens for everyday use, the Parker IM ballpoint pen is the epitome of "Bang for your buck". I am impressed with they way they look and feel and I would never imagine the price to be what it is. One of the most important things to me is how easy it is to get refills!

I also like how many refill options there are to choose from, such as Parker Gel refills or Monteverde Soft Roll refills. In mine, I currently have an"Easy Flow" refill from S.T.Dupont. I absolutely love how it glides and can't get enough of it."

 -Julio Rivas (Pen Boutique Ltd, 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda. MD 20817)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Pelikan Souveran M600 Fountain Pen


Pelikan Souveran M600 Fountan Pen
Pelikan Souveran M600 Fountain Pen

Pelikan has been manufacturing fountain pens for 85 years, and their experience shows in the Souveran M600 fountain pen.  I acquired the black with blue stripe model in the photo several years ago, and it quickly became one of my favorites.  The medium sized body and overall balance are great, the gold plated rings are very attractive, and the brass piston filling mechanism is a real pleasure to use.  Probably the best feature is the two-tone 14 carat gold nib decorated with rhodium, which writes so very smoothly, even in fine or extra fine (mine happens to be a fine, and medium or broad nibs are also available).

I've used this pen to send notes to friends as well as to address birthday and holiday cards.  Quite frequently people comment on seeing that I used a fountain pen, and they really appreciate the personal gesture in this world of fast-paced digital communication.  If you'd like to experience the pleasure of writing with a quality fountain pen with a solid gold nib (in my mind, there is no substitute), you can't do much better than the Pelikan Souveran M600.  Choose from a model in all-black, or black with red, blue, or traditional green stripe, and try some of the very colorful Pelikan and Edelstein inks as well.  You won't be disappointed.

- Robert (Pen Boutique Ltd, Montgomery Mall staff)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Sizzling Summer Contest

Pen Boutique Sizzling Summer Contest! 

 

Tell us what you did socially encouraging this summer! 

 https://www.facebook.com/pensboutique/

Share your exhilarating summer experience and win CROSS FOUNTAIN PEN!

How to Participate
  1. Like our Official Facebook Page to become a fan.
  2. Share the exhilarating social experience you had this summer with us.
        Comment here ( https://upload.facebook.com/pensboutique/photos/a.400176259909.173100.267455209909/10152603917769910/?type=1&relevant_count=1)
        (Do not post it on the wall! The wall posts will be discarded.)
  3. Win the contest!

Contest Ends: 8/20/2014

Something more to rejoice and celebrate with. 

With the summer at its peak, everyone is sure to be making beautiful memories. What socially exhilarating experiences did you have this summer? Share with us and spread love while taking part in "Sizzling Summer Contest" hosted by Pen Boutique.Wishing everyone a sizzling summer. We encourage our customers and well wishers to participate, enjoy and win this exciting Contest.

The participation will be transparent as it will be visible to all on Facebook. The winner of this contest will be announced on our Timeline and Pen Boutique blog (blog.penboutique.com) upon the completion of the contest deadline.

The Prize : 
Cross Affinity Black Fountain Pen

Total Giveaway Quantity : One

Number of Winners : One

Winner Selection

Out of all the participants with Correct Predictions, One Lucky Winner will be chosen randomly by the system. The name of the winner will be declared in the contest spot as well as she/he will be contacted through the Facebook profile used to participate.


Shipping

Free shipping to Winners within USA.International participant shipping will be additional and you can also add it free to your any pending orders.

Eligibility

All the citizens from USA with valid Facebook ID are encouraged to participate. International customers are welcome to participate but shipping will be additional and you can also add it free to your any pending orders.

 More Legal Stuff

1.) This giveaway/contest is void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to "Sizzling Summer Contest" Contest and are subject to any local, state, national or international laws. Friendship Circle accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.

2.) Winner are solely responsible for any taxes on their respective prizes.

3.) No substitution of prize is offered.

4.) Prizes are non-transferable.

5.) Prizes should be claimed within 30 days of the announcement of winner. Any claims made after 30 days will be considered void. Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, is not responsible for any such claims after that time.

6.) If a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value. That determination will be made by Pen Boutique, Limited, USA.

7.) Winners must verify their email and shipping address when contacted via email address on file.

8.) Winners name may be used on future Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, marketing media, including, but not limited to Facebook, website & blog.


Share your Exhilarating Experience. Spread Love. 

Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Rollerball Pen


Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Rollerball Pen
Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Rollerball Pen

When leaving a job 15 years ago, I was fortunate to receive a Montblanc Meisterstuck Classique Rollerball as a parting gift. I graciously thanked everyone for such a thoughtful present. I enjoyed using the pen and felt regal and important when signing checks and writing letters. With such an elegant pen I was prone to send more letters and cards to family & friends. I actually looked forward to Christmas when writing out my holiday cards. I had an excuse to sign my name and address envelopes multiple times with my fine writing instrument!

Fast forward to present day. I still have my Classique. It still writes as well and looks as good as the day I received it. I continue to get a kick out of scripting letters, keeping in the back of my mind that I am carrying on a tradition. A tradition for composing thoughts and sharing them. A tradition that encourages one to be creative.

- Vicki Marshall(Pen Boutique Ltd, Columbia Store)

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen - Lizard, Bronze
Pilot Metropolitan Fountain Pen

Price: $19.00

With a simple and durable style, the Pilot Metropolitan fountain pen is an excellent choice for someone looking for an affordable and reliable fountain pen for everyday use.  With a sturdy metal body and steel nib, it is great for everyday use. This particular pen has a fine Japanese steel nib, while a medium nib is also available. The fine nib does the job with a surprising glide. Definitely a fine point, it is slightly scratchy without being abrasive or skipping. The pen posts well, has an average weight, and a good balance. The standard length and slightly rounded body make it comfortable to grip and easy to carry. The Pilot Metropolitan Lizard features a stylish matte gold finish and the subtle lizard print on the front of the barrel. There are an array of animal prints and colors to choose to match your personality! Practical yet with a simple sophistication, the Pilot Metropolitan is an extremely well priced pen that is perfect for beginners and well appreciated by experienced fountain pen writers.

Want to know about various pens and experience the world of ink?  Visit our store at Montgomery Mall , Bethesda or  ask a comment and will reply.


- Babak  ( Montgomery Mall Staff)

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 : PREDICT AND WIN!

Pen Boutique FIFA WORLD CUP 2014 : 'PREDICT AND WIN' CONTEST!

https://www.facebook.com/pensboutique/app_581234925325352

 https://www.facebook.com/pensboutique/app_581234925325352

Grab this once-in-four years opportunity to win a FERRARI 300 GIFT SET BALLPOINT PEN WITH FERRARI KEYCHAIN!

How to Participate

a. Like our Official Facebook Page to become a fan.
b. Predict and Select -- which country according to you will be the ultimate winner of FIFA World Cup 2014 Brasil.

Predict/Select/Comment here ( https://www.facebook.com/pensboutique/app_581234925325352 )
(Please Select your Winner Country! Do not post it on the wall! The wall posts will be discarded.)
c. Predict and hope for your favorite team to win.

d. Wait for the finals :) (Obligatory step)
e. Win the contest!

Contest Ends: 7/13/2014

Something more to rejoice and celebrate with. 

With our country or our favorite countries battling in the ground to bring home the Golden World Cup, you too can now take home a wonderful give away. Pen Boutique is hosting "PREDICT AND WIN" contest as a way to celebrate the passion for much loved game of Football and unmissable enthusiasm for the happening FIFA World Cup 2014.

Wishing all the teams and their fans a very best of luck. And, we encourage our customers and well wishers to participate enjoy and win this exciting Contest.

The participation will be transparent as it will be visible to all on Facebook. The winner of this contest will be announced on our Timeline and Pen Boutique blog (blog.penboutique.com) upon the completion of the contest deadline.

The Prize


FERRARI 300 GIFT SET BALLPOINT PEN WITH FERRARI KEYCHAIN

Total Giveaway Quantity : One

Number of Winners : One

Winner Selection

Out of all the participants with Correct Predictions, One Lucky Winner will be chosen randomly by the system. The name of the winner will be declared in the contest spot as well as she/he will be contacted through the Facebook profile used to participate.


Shipping

Free shipping to Winners within USA.International participant shipping will be additional and you can also add it free to your any pending orders.

Eligibility

All the citizens from USA with valid Facebook ID are encouraged to participate. International customers are welcome to participate but shipping will be additional and you can also add it free to your any pending orders.

 More Legal Stuff

1.) This giveaway/contest is void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to "FIFA World Cup 2014 PREDICT AND WIN" Contest and are subject to any local, state, national or international laws. Friendship Circle accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.

2.) Winner are solely responsible for any taxes on their respective prizes.

3.) No substitution of prize is offered.

4.) Prizes are non-transferable.

5.) Prizes should be claimed within 30 days of the announcement of winner. Any claims made after 30 days will be considered void. Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, is not responsible for any such claims after that time.

6.) If a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value. That determination will be made by Pen Boutique, Limited, USA.

7.) Winners must verify their email and shipping address when contacted via email address on file.

8.) Winners name may be used on future Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, marketing media, including, but not limited to Facebook, website & blog.


LET US HEAR THE CHEERS! HIT A GOAL!


Friday, June 13, 2014

MONTBLANC STARWALKER

Starwalker, he's a friend of mine
You've seen him looking fine
He's a straight talker na!
It's an extraordinary Writer, it's a Starwalker!

Few borrowed lines from Buffy Sainte-Marie’s song Starwalker can give you the best possible introduction for Mont Blanc Starwalker Series of fine writing instruments. The acrylic dome on the top houses the floating emblem of Montblanc and that very unique feature graces Mont blanc Starwalker with the most spectacular, coolest and original look in the history of pen designing. What a concept!

Montblanc Starwalker

For the past century, Montblanc pens has been synonymous to the plush writing culture and has effortlessly maintained their time-honored craftsmanship and high quality depicting themselves as the best pens for writing. The materials, artistry and compliance towards creating a pen that will take you on a ride among the stars was well-achieved with the collection conceived a decade ago in 2003, the collection which still succeeds in dazing all the pen lovers, like you and like me.

Overall Rating:  7.50/10

Where can you buy it: http://penboutique.com/m-95-montblanc-starwalker.aspx

1.      Mont blanc Starwalker Collection

It’s a Pen that does a lot more than just write.

Meet the Starwalkers!

The Star Walker comes in a couple of designs. First one being the customary sleek, shiny, black resin beauty and the second one, on the contrary, is an easy grip black rubber body stylized with metal patterns--a counterattack to all the condemnation for Montblanc’s reluctance to transform with time.

With the much loved Montblanc Starwalker Fountain Pens - Montblanc Starwalker Ballpoints, Mont blanc Starwalker fineliners/Rollerballs and Montblanc Starwalker Pencils complete this line of super nice pens.

2. Appearance/ design look and feel

Specific Rating: 7.25/10

Uncover the futuristic horizon and follow this sleek explorer to witness the shiny and star-studded sky of luxury in writing.
Starwalker Appearance and Design

The very first glance is all it takes. You will be captivated by the minimalistic, sleek and dignified design of Starwalker and undoubtedly by the cap or top. What looks like a thin white sheet from the profile view actually showcases itself as a beautiful white floating star Mont blanc emblem from above or below.

There is a characteristic three rings design at the grip section in most of the pens from this collection with the middle ring tactfully threaded for the cap. The base of the clip carries the carving- GERMANY. You can also find an individual serial number engraving alongside the MONTBLANC insignia in the ring.

3. Construction and quality

Specific Rating: 8/10

If you are a Montblanc user already, the rounded bottom and the tapered body structure might not come as new to you. The cigar shaped cap in Fountain Pens bears a clip slightly over sized compared to its body. However, the clip is long and quite effortless to flex.

The grip section in various models have an unsmooth surface but nevertheless it offers a nice grip with comfortable hold and according to the various reviews online; it seems fit for the ones with relatively smaller grips.

A contemporary touch to the immensely robust history of penmanship and above all, the value of German Pen Company, Mont blancStarwalker series is undoubtedly one of the most uncompromised pen that has been created.

4. Performance and Reliability

Specific Rating: 7.75/10

This critical analysis is barely faced by Fineliners, Ballpoints and Mechanical Pencils but the Fountain pen. Principally, what determines the performance and reliability of a pen is the nib itself. The slightly tapered towards the bottom, 14K rhodium plated gold nib in the Starwalker fountain pen is smooth. Possibly, that is what it makes it less bouncy and buttery.

However, on the same grounds with M145 Classique, Miesterstuck, the nib might feel a bit dry and scratchy. You might have to struggle a little to maintain the writing angle but it all depends on the writing style of yours.

The ability of the fountain pen nibs to keep up with the speed and abruptness is first-class. Bleed-through? Now what’s that?

Montblanc Starwalker Nibs and Accessories

5. Accessories plus filling System

Specific Rating: 6/10

Surprise!!! (not sure if pleasant or unpleasant): Montblanc Starwalker is a cartridge only pen. Yes, no converters.

Wouldn’t it have been much superior with converters? Don’t sigh yet. I hear various rumors about the adaption of converters. Run a little internet search.

Keeping track of your cartridges and making sure you don’t run out of ink is yet another task you walk into with the purchase of your Starwalker. Quite a negligible one in front of the magnificence with which it writes.

Ballpoint pens, Fineliners and Mechanical Pencils are much hassle free. Here they are, get it at ease from PenBoutique, the authorized dealers of Mont blanc pens.

6. Cost and Value

Specific Rating: 8.50/10

With the craftsmanship and brand value of Mont blanc, Starwalker stands up to its potential.
Gorgeous design and unique features and the attention to every single detail make this series of fine writing instruments a prominient and shiny star in the pen galaxy.
Is Montblanc Starwalker worth it’s price?
Abso-positiv-affirmatively. 

Have no second thoughts if you are at the fence. Just go ahead. With our pen shop you can even enjoy some moderately great discounts.

7. Pros and Cons

Pros

Lightweight and Sense of Balance
Futuristic and ergonomic design.
Unique Montblanc logo in the transparent dome of resin.
Variety in choice of pen nibs and minimalistic design
Slightly tapered nib
Easy to post – Screws in the back

Cons

Cartridge only Fountain pens
Quite a hassle to post, the screw threads can be abrasive to the resin body
Unsmooth grip section in selective series
Relatively oversized clip

8. Final Remarks

Smart and contemporary, this series of fine writing instruments from Montblanc is said to be aimed at the cosmopolites, young, upcoming generation of writers who prefer to make their writing device a style statement. And with the introduction of Starwalker, this is as undemanding as twisting the cap off, fitting it in the back and let the ink bleed.
Fascinating but not too flamboyant, Unique and ultra influential, Montblanc Starwalker rightly knows how to keep the balance while walking among the stars.

Be Aware of Fake Montblanc Starwalker Pens. Find out How!


Buy ONLY with Authorized Montblanc Dealers. We are proud to be one!

Pen Boutique.


How to spot a Fake Montblanc Starwalker? applies to other Montblanc pens also

Mont blanc is one of the most counterfeited brands. Montblanc's Starwalker carved out of time honored craftsmanship and great artistry, suffers because of the duplication and forgery. It's admirers as well encounter numerous ill experiences with the imitation of this plush writing instruments.
So, make sure you know how to find out if a Mont blanc Starwalker is FAKE. 
Though Montblanc Starwalkers are the high end pens quite hard to fake weighed against Mont blanc Meisterstuck, the replicas do exist in the market.

Firstly, verify the box and availability of service guide with warranty. 
The booklet will not only give you procedures of maintenance and servicing, but the warranty along with the date of purchase and authorized dealer mark.

How to spot a Fake Starwalker?

Check the individual serial numbers written on the ring. 
A Starwalker Fineliner can be refilled with Rollerball refills but never comes with it. Don't doubt on this basis though. Your seller might just be generous! :)

It has a MontBlanc engraving and should read GERMANY under the clips. 

Another interesting experiment is the flashlight test.
Shine a strong beam of light through the resin dome on top and it will glow letting the light pass through. The fake domes are generally semi-opaque.

And most importantly, only buy with authorized Montblanc dealers.

Pen Boutique is proud to be one of the few authorized Dealers for Montblanc.

Get 100% genuine products and 100% satisfaction . www.penboutique.com

Is this article helpful? Do let us know in the comments.
We love to hear from you.

MONT BLANC STARWALKER COLLECTION

MEET THE STARWALKERS!!!

Also get the exclusive review of Montblanc Starwalker Series in our next blog post: MONTBLANC STARWALKER.

A. Montblanc Starwalker Black Mystery

Montblanc Starwalker Black Mystery

B. Montblanc Starwalker Black Resin and Platinum

Montblanc Starwalker Black Resin and Platinum

C. Montblanc Starwalker Black Rubber and Platinum

Montblanc Starwalker Black Rubber and Platinum

D. Montblanc Starwalker Carbon

Montblanc Starwalker Carbon

Starwalker Ultimate Carbon Ballpoint Pen
Starwalker Ultimate Carbon Fineliner
Starwalker Ultimate Carbon Fountain Pen

E. Montblanc Starwalker Midnight Black

Montblanc Starwalker Midnight Black

F. Montblanc Starwalker Doué

Montblanc Starwalker Precious white Metals

G. Montblanc Starwalker Red Gold Plated Metal

Montblanc Starwalker Red Gold Plated Metal

H. Montblanc Starwalker Red Gold Plated Resin

Montblanc Starwalker Red Gold Plated Resin


Friday, May 23, 2014

Wish and Win - Graduation's Congratulations!

**********************CONTEST NOW CLOSED******************************


**********************CONTEST NOW CLOSED******************************


CONGRATULATIONS to our Winner : Patricia L George

**************************************************

Grab this excellent opportunity to win a CROSS TOWNSEND BLACK BALLPOINT PEN WITH PEN CASE worth $200.00

How to participate

a. Like our Official Facebook Page to become a fan
b. Comment your proud, happy and joyful good wishes and congratulations messages below the Contest Image on our Facebook timeline to participate (https://www.facebook.com/pensboutique)
(Please Comment! Do not post it on the wall!)
c. Bring maximum votes on your Congratulation message with "Likes"
d. Win the contest!

Contest Ends: 6/15/2014

We are hosting this 'Share and Win- Graduation's Congratulations' Contest as a way to celebrate the achievement and success of every graduate. We convey our good wishes to all our customers and fans and their friends and family who have embarked upon this glorious day of accomplishment.

The participation will be transparent as comments on Facebook update. The winner of this contest will be announced on our Timeline and Pen Boutique blog (blog.penboutique.com) upon the completion of the contest deadline.

The Prize

CROSS TOWNSEND BLACK BALLPOINT PEN WITH PEN CASE
Worth $200.00

Total Giveaway Quantity : One

Number of Winners : One

Shipping

Free shipping to Winners within USA.International participant shipping will be additional and you can also add it free to your any pending orders.

Eligibility

All the citizens from USA with valid Facebook ID are encouraged to participate. International customers are welcome to participate but shipping will be additional and you can also add it free to your any pending orders.

Once declared winner, we will contact the participant through Facebook or email, if available. In case, we don't receive any response from the winner within one week (seven days) of first correspondence, the winner ship will be transferred to the runner up.

Winner Selection

The message with the highest number of Votes/Likes in the comment box will be declared as the Winner message. And the person will be contacted through the Facebook profile used to comment the message.

 More Legal Stuff

1.) This giveaway/contest is void where prohibited by law. The contestants assume the total responsibility of knowing their local laws in regard to "Wish and Win - Graduation's Congratulations" Contest and are subject to any local, state, national or international laws. Friendship Circle accepts no responsibility for making these individual legal determinations.

2.) Winner are solely responsible for any taxes on their respective prizes.

3.) No substitution of prize is offered.

4.) Prizes are non-transferable.

5.) Prizes should be claimed within 30 days of the announcement of winner. Any claims made after 30 days will be considered void. Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, is not responsible for any such claims after that time.

6.) If a prize, or any portion thereof, cannot be awarded for any reason, Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value. That determination will be made by Pen Boutique, Limited, USA.

7.) Winners must verify their email and shipping address when contacted via email address on file.

8.) Winners name may be used on future Pen Boutique, Limited, USA, marketing media, including, but not limited to Facebook, website & blog.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL!!!