Pen of the Year 2014 Results

Today, we are announcing the Pen of the Year 2014 winner, which was determined by you, the reader's and followers of our blog and our company via social media. The voting took place last week from Tuesday, November 11th through Friday and involved several well-qualified candidates, including the Noodler's Neponset, Edison Glenmont 2014 Limited Edition, TWSBI Diamond 580 USA, Pilot Vanishing Point Metallics Collection and more.

The voting this year was very close. Only two votes separated the winner and the runner up.

And the winner of this year's honors goes to :

The Edison Glenmont 2014 Limited Edition

Each year, Edison releases a limited edition version of their pens in an acrylic and ebonite materials. The edition is exclusive to a group of committed buyers, most of which are previous owners of Edison fountain pens.

Congrats to Edison Pens on their 4th straight Pen of the Year victory. The victory is a testament to their quality of product and their prominence in the minds & hearts of writers around the world.

The runner up was the newly released Noodler's Neponset fountain pens, which had a tremendous showing, despite only being available in a very small quantity to the public. 

Thanks to everyone for participating, voting and sharing on social media! We love being able to host a fun contest like this each year and hope that you enjoy it as well.


Voting is Now Open for Pen of the Year 2014

So, now that we got that business of the midterm elections over with, here comes the fun part : voting for your favorite pen released in 2014! We asked for your nominations and received a great response to put together a solid list of nominees that all deserve to be considered for this prestigious honor.

Please take a look at the nominees below. They are sorted in randomized order not to show any priority or preference. Please feel free to cast your vote and share this post with your friends so they may vote as well. Remember, this is all in fun!

Voting is open until Friday, November 14th at 2pm Eastern US time. We will announce the winner Friday afternoon.


Call for Nominations - 2014 Pen of the Year

Today is Election Day here in America. The American public is called upon to exercise our right to vote, upholding the core values of democracy. 

No matter where you are in the world today, we invite you to please join us in voicing your opinion on a different, yet significantly important topic - the 2014 Pen of the Year!

goldspot 2014 pen of the year graphic

We need nominees from you, the pen-loving public, for your favorite choice of pen that was released in 2014. That could also include new finishes or colors of a pen model that has been around longer than the last year.

We'll sort through your comments to compile a list of nominees to vote on starting Tuesday, November 11th. Voting will last one week and will conclude with the official crowning of this year's winner. The Poll & Results will be posted here and on our social media accounts. So, please give us your suggestions and remember, it's all in good fun!

Here are some examples of pens that have made their debut in 2014 : Pilot Vanishing Point Metallic Colors, Lamy Studio Wild Rubin, Delta Unica, Pilot Copper Vanishing Point, TWSBI Diamond 580 USA, Parker Duofold Historical Colors, Montegrappa Miya Carbon, Visconti Homo Sapiens Crystal Swirl, Visconti Divina Elegance, Cross Peerless 125, Cross Year of the Goat, Waterford Beaumont, Platinum 3776 Century Nice Pur, OMAS William Shakespeare Ltd Ed., Pelikan M101N Tortoiseshell Red, Pelikan M600 Vibrant Green, the list goes on!

Remember, these are examples meant to get the brain juices flowing. Feel free to suggest any other pen, even if you aren't 100% positive it was made this year.

Past winners include:
  • Edison Menlo Fountain Pen (2013)
  • Edison Beaumont & Conid's Fountainbel Bulkfillder Demonstrator (2012)
  • Edison Collier Fountain Pen (2011)
  • TWSBI Diamond 530 Fountain Pen (2010)
  • Pelikan m205 Blue Transparent Fountain Pen (2009)
  • Online Newood Fountain Pen Calligraphy Set (2008)
Chat about the Pen of the Year Voting on social media using the hashtag #POTY2014


Goldspot's Fountain Pen Day 2014 Celebration Sale

Each year, it's getting bigger and bigger. Fountain Pen Day is fast becoming a yearly tradition amongst fountain pen enthusiasts online, around the globe. We're looking to continue that tradition with our biggest celebration yet.

What is Fountain Pen Day?

Recognized the first Friday in November, Fountain Pen Day is a celebration of the writing instrument and rejoicing the act of writing. Write a letter to a friend, send someone an "intro to fountain pens care package," share photos of your fountain pens on social media, handwrite your tweets, or set aside some quiet time to write in your favorite journal. There are numerous ways to appreciate the pen and to promote the use of fountain pens in our modern, daily lives.

Goldspot Sponsors Fountain Pen Day with a Giveaway and Sale

As an online fine writing retailer and sponsor of Fountain Pen Day, we are doing our part this year to promote the use of the pen by giving away free fountain pens and ink for this weekend only. Starting Thursday, November 6th and concluding Sunday the 9th, we will be giving away Pilot Varsity fountain pens, Jinhao fountain pens and Namiki ink with orders placed during the weekend. To have your free pens added to your order, you will need the proper promo code, which we will be e-mailing to our newsletter subscribers on Thursday morning when the sale commences.

The Weekend Celebration concludes with the giveaway of a Pelikan Souveran M605 Marine Blue Fountain Pen to one lucky customer who places their order over the weekend. We will randomly select one customer from all the orders placed during the sale and include this beautiful fountain pen (retail value $595) with their order. As an added bonus, we are also including some great Fountain Pen Day bookmarks from the organizers of fountainpenday.org in every order purchased during the weekend.

Share your excitement for fountain pen day by using the hashtag #fountainpenday on social media.


Noodler's Neponset Music Nib Pens are Coming...

Soon, #MusicNibMonday might become as popular as #FlexNibFriday on Instagram.

The eagerly-anticipated Noodler's Neponset fountain pen is due to be released on Friday. According to Luxury Brands, the US distributor of Noodler's Ink, we should have a very limited supply of these music nib fountain pens by early next week (November 5th, tentatively).

What's so great about the Noodler's Neponset?

Well, you may have heard about the Neponset through a giveaway that Nathan from Noodler's had done a while back as part of an art contest. The pen was given away, then the person who had received it sent it to two prominent fountain pen bloggers, Azizah from Gourmet Pens and SBRE Brown. To view the pen in action, check out the short video from Azizah below.

The pen's magic is in the music nib. This triple tined nib is affectionately called the the “Vishnu Victory” nib in honor of the 2.5 million World War II allied soldiers of India as well as the reference to the source for the ebonite used in the pen and the original Neponset Blimp. In the demo model that was reviewed, the nib performs smoothly on paper, giving the writer high degrees of line variation and flexibility.

The pen holds a large capacity of ink and sports the largest length of all the Noodler's pens models. You can find more details on the measurements on Gourmet Pen's blog post.

Like we mentioned earlier, the initial release will be of small quantity and will feature 4 different ebonite colors. There will be a Solid Black, Jade, Walnut & Chestnut Ebonite. The price will be $75 USD each. We will have them up on the website as soon as we check the pens in and get them photographed. We are not taking pre-orders at this time, since we are not sure of how many Neponset pens we will have in the initial shipment. Stay tuned and sign up on our e-mail list to be notified of the launch.

UPDATE 10/30/2014 : We are expecting to also have a limited number of "Red Rebellion" Ebonite Neponset pens. These will be the first of a series of limited production red ebonite pens that will vary in their patterns and/or colors from batch-to-batch. Below is what the first edition will look like. We're expected to receive a little over a dozen of these pens, so be sure to be signed up and follow us on social media for updates.