’21’ Today – well tomorrow actually.

Blots Pen & Ink Supplies was officially started on 1st August 1993 so tomorrow is our 21st birthday!  I started from the boxroom, soon took over the back bedroom but really got into trouble when my wife found drawing boards under our bed. After a few years lifting cases of ink into the loft, and down again, I moved Blots into units in Bury Business centre. Finally we moved into Blots comfy bungalow at the bottom of the garden. Happy Birthday Blots!!


Replacing Crow Quill in Reversible Penholder

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William Mitchell Reversible Pen holder is a convenient pen holder with a nib unit that can be turned round and stored inside the pen holder to preserve the point from damage. The nib unit appears to be a moulded section but is in fact assembled from 3 parts (see photo). The parts can be separated and a new No.659 Crow Quill inserted in the pen. However, when the pen has been used it is likely that ink and paper have worked their way up the nib shaft and the nib itself has started to corrode. It may help to soak the nib unit for 24 hours in washing up liquid or air brush cleaner to soften the debris round the nib shaft.  Grip the nib unit and nib and twist the nib around the supporting pillar. Bear in mind that the nib unit parts are plastic and breakable. Since the nib needs replacing there is nothing to be lost by gripping the end of it with pliers. A twisting and rotating movement should enable the nib to be pulled out of its socket.The supporting pin may remain in the socket but may need to be pulled out to enable the socket to be thoroughly cleaned. Refit a new No.659 Crow Quill  and your pen is as good as new.  !!



Exciting new inks from Blots

Two new inks join our range from July

Penman Inks Liquid Gouache
Penman Inks Liquid Gouache

Penman Inks are a highly pigmented, Ph neutral ink made from egg white, honey and gum arabic. Rich in colour and tone with a subtle sateen finish, the Liquid Gouache ink range is smooth in consistency and even in flow. All colours are lighfast, water soluble and intermixable and can be applied with a pen or brush.


Speedball Pigmented Acrylic Inks
Speedball Inks

Speedball pigmented acrylic inks are waterproof, intermixable,free flowing, non toxic, acid free, permanent and archival quality with excellent lightfastness. These highly pigmented inks are ideal for drawing, calligraphy, stamping and airbrushing. The ink comes in a  2floz bottle so the price is competitive.


Blots Penholders range extended

Blots Penholder 10mm
Blots 10mm wooden penholder

Blots 8mm wooden penholders with their unique design have proved very popular. They have no metal ferrule and the fingers rest on the plain wooden shaft. The range has now been extended to include long and short penholders on a 10mm shaft. This small increase in size may prove slightly more comfortable for older fingers to grip.