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LIST: Filipino brands for fountain pen folks in the Philippines

With an active fountain pen network in the Philippines, the common question is: are there Filipino brands for pens and related products?

Of course, yes!

As you delve deeper in the local pen scene, you’ll discover that not only are fountain pens and other matching items available locally online and offline, but there are also products proudly made in the Philippines.

The only Filipino fountain pen so far

Kasama
Photo courtesy of Alvin Arcillas

The first Filipino fountain pen line is on almost every wish list of local penthusiasts. So far, they’re the only fountain pen made in the Philippines that you can buy. Developed by Dr. Mark del Rosario, the inaugural model, Una, continues to come in different finishes, with premium ones featuring gold nibs.  There’s a second Kasama model now, the sleeker Tala, and hopefully a demonstrator version comes out soon.

Price: Starts at around Php13,500 for Kasama Una in Ultem (photo above), their flagship pen model. Inquire directly with Kasama for pens in other materials.

Fountain pen inks made in the Philippines

Troublemaker Inks

The first Philippine-made fountain pen ink on the market in recent years excited the local community two year ago. Created young Cebuano duo of Gabriel Arnado and Kaiser Dale Diragos (click for our interview), they used to produce inks on a per-order basis. Recently, Troublemaker Inks tend to get sold out quickly with limited bottles per color. Currently, orders are closed. But they did release a special color in collaboration with Scribe late this year.

Price: The latest release cost Php695 for 60ml. Follow us on Facebook to get notified when they go back from hiatus.

Vinta Inks

Named after colorful sails that traditionally adorn boats in the southern Philippines, Vinta Inks offer a huge collection of fountain pen ink colors in different sheen, shading, and shimmer. Launched last year by owner Jillian Tan,  the brand has since released 6 ink collections and continues to reach penthusiasts in foreign shores.

Vinta Inks Mother of Pearl
Vinta Inks Mother of Pearl

 

Price: Starts at Php449 for non-sheening inks. Get it on Vinta’s website or bundle it with other pen-related products at Everything Calligraphy

New Brew

The newest local ink line made by teenager Marcuz Bryant Cortez just started in May 2021, yet it already caught the attention of some Fountain Pen Network-Philippines members. Aside from mixing his own unique colors, the senior high school student also accepts requests for custom inks and shimmers.

Price: Introductory price of Php220 per bottle, including custom requests. Inquire through their Facebook page.

Paper for your pens and inks

Elias

To complete the trinity of Filipino pen, inks, and paper is Elias. Specifically developed to take on even wet nib and ink combination, it is perfect for fountan pens. There used to be Elias notebooks, but they are now available in pads and sheets. The line also carries leather pen cases.

Check out The Serial Doodler’s review of Elias Paper here

Price: Starts at Php230 for a small pad and Php149 for loose sheets. Buy it from Everything Calligraphy

The Unplanned Life Handmade Notebook

Since Elias paper also come in sheets, there are notebooks makers out there who produce journals by hand. That includes Maryanne Moll, who makes A5-sized journals. You get the fountain pen friendliness of Elias Paper in the pattern of your choice.

Price: Starts at Php700 for blank, 5mm ruled, and 7mm ruled 300-page notebooks

Alunsina Handbound Notebooks

Enan and Nadja have been making leather journals for 12 years now. What started as a hobby back in 2008 was reborn in 2011 for the partners, as they continue making their products by hand. You can choose from their existing designs, and even buy a mini journal necklace. They started using fountain pen-friendly paper in 2014, and have also released a refillable leather cover set for pocket notebooks.

Kislap, Alunsina’s refillable notebook set. Read a review here.

Price: Starts at Php600 for a small leather journal and Php1000 for regular-sized ones. Visit their official online store here.

Alon Notebooks

Dior Castillo-Lalu’s was hoarding too many notebooks for calligraphy and bullet journaling purposes, but journals that can take any type of pen are uncommon and quite pricey. Alon Notebooks is their bid to “make premium quality notebooks accessible to more enthusiasts.” Using 160 gsm paper, it should handle media from fountain pen inks to paint. Although it is manufactured overseas, design conceptualization is done locally.

Price: Starts at Php548 for the Traveler’s Notebook-sized version.  Also available in A5 with dotted and black-page variants. Visit their official online store here.

Cases to protect your precious pens and journals

Good thing there are locally-made cases to protect not just your pens but also your choice of notebook.

Shibui

Created from a penthusiast’s perspective, Shibui is the brainchild of couple Melissa Pabilona-Ang and Arner Ang.  Pen cases and organizers with pen loops feature their trademarked leather Pull-Tag Penholder which keeps pens of any diameter secure.  Other leather goods like organizers and covers for different journal sizes are also available from Shibui.

Price: Starts at Php1950 for the Manila Pen Show 2019 Exclusive 2-Pen Case in XL. Get yours on Shibui’s website.

Related story: The prayers behind Shibui

Gav n Sav

As one of the longest producers in the local fountain pen community, Lara Abad Santos’ cases have protected Pinoy penthusiasts’ pens for years. What started as a way of keeping her sanity after dealing with loss paved turned into this line of bespoke fabric goods.

Price: Varies depending on design.  Best to inquire through their Instagram.

Dano Leather

Created by journalist and third-generation Marikina shoemaker Dano Tingcungco, the leather brand that primarily offers bespoke footwear also makes premium cases. All products are made by hand by Dano, who is also a fountain pen user himself.

Price: Starts at Php2998 for a single pen case. Check out entire brand lineup on the official website.

Natividad Leather

Made from full-grain vegetable-tanned leather, Natividad’s pen cases and journals can provide a protective fit for your writing tools.

For more info, check out Clem Dionglay’s review of Natividad Leather here

Price: According to their FB page, 4-pen case is Php1200 while notebook cover is Php850. For the complete list, inquire with Natividad Leather on Facebook and Instagram

Likha Handcrafted Bags

While the name suggests that they mainly produce bags, the brand has expanded to other leather goods such as pen cases and journal covers with budget-friendly prices.

Price: Pen cases start at around Php250 for a basic 3-slot pen case. They take inquiries on Facebook and products are available on Shopify

The Leather Library

If you’re after tough handmade leather covers for your journals, Leather Library is a great source. Handmade by April Morales, it comes in A5, A6 and TN sizes.

Price: Starts at Php800 for a classic (no-pocket) TN Passport, and 1000 for a no-pocket A6 Folio. Inquire through Instagram.

Kolhabi Pen Cases

 

Co-owners Calvin and Niko discovered Kolhabi, a group of Ilocos Norte weavers that produce bags, pouches, and wallet using traditional Ilocos Norte textile Inabel with Binakul pattern.  To help boost the brand name and these artisans, the duo added a line of handwoven pen cases to offer indigenous weaves to penthusiasts.

Price: Starts at Php699 for an 8-pen Roll, Php420 for a 3-pen case, and Php210 for a 1-pen kimono. Inquire through Instagram.

Check out Clement Dionglay’s review of Kolhabi products

Wood goods

The Pen Cube

Wooden products can be overlooked, but they actually look good on your work desk, especially if they’re made to hold your collection for those quick draw moments while working.

Whood PH carries three hobby-related accessories:

First is a 4-slot pen cube which you can use to prop up pens vertically or slide them horizontally. This was developed by Jika of the Pen Noobs Podcast.

The second one is a 12-slot pen holder with one big space for anything you want to place. Last would be a 15-slot vial holder for your ink sample stash.

Price: Pen cube is the cheapest you can get for Php190. Inquire through Instagram.

 

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