2015-06-26 10:43:50

Pendemonium is a company dealing in writing instruments, based in Fort Madison, Iowa. It sells vintage fountain pens, inks, blotters, stationary, custom ground nibs, pen repair supplies, reference books and related ephemera.

The company also exhibits at pen shows around the United States, and the owners Sam and Frank Fiorella are long time members of both the Pen Collectors of America society and the Writing Equipment Society in England.

The website has an extensive catalogue of their current stock which is available to purchase online, a calendar of upcoming pen shows across the U.S, information on their custom nib-grinding service and news of new arrivals in store and recent pen events.


The catalogue is divided into several separate categories, including:

  • Writing instruments
  • Inkwells and desktop
  • Vintage inks
  • Pen storage
  • Blotters
  • Ephemera
  • Dip pen nibs

They have pens from all the major manufacturers including Parker, Sheaffer, Esterbrook, Waterman, Pelikan and Eversharp. The ephemera section features vintage advertising displays, cards, catalogues, posters, postcards and instruction booklets dating back to the early 20th century.

Custom Ground Nibs

Pendemonium specialize in custom-ground nibs for different styles of writing. Fountain pen nibs can be ground to suit the following styles:

  • Cursive Italic
  • Cursive left/right oblique
  • Straight Italic
  • Straight left/right oblique
  • Stub
  • Round Pointed

The company also offers a nib-smoothing service, and sells pens with specifically-ground nibs to match all styles.

Additional information

The site also includes a Frequently Asked Questions section, a number of testimonials from previous customers, information on how to sign up to their weekly newsletter ‘Inky Greetings’, information and a history of the owners themselves and a comprehensive list of contacts for pen manufacturers and vintage pen repair companies.

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