The Passion for Pens IS our Business
Anderson Pens is the joint effort of Brian and Lisa Anderson, two long time pen collectors who actually met through the collecting hobby, fell in love & got married, and founded the company in 2010.
We used to bid against each other on Ebay for Esterbrook pens, back when the bidder names were still visible, and we cost each other a great deal of money in the beginning, until we called a truce after about 2 years. We met in person in 2003 at the Chicago Pen Show, and we were instant friends – two collectors who shared the same passion for the Esterbrook brand. We even had some of our pens photographed together for a fountain pen book.
Lisa wrote an article for the now-defunct magazine Stylophiles, and had several of her pens professionally photographed. She sent the pictures to Brian, and they included a very rare doctor’s pen with an unusual name engraved on it. Brian emailed back and sent a picture of a pencil he owned – the same very rare model, complete with the same unusual name. What are the odds of that?? We each owned 2 halves of the same set...
We lost touch for a few years, and then found each other on Facebook of all places. We discovered that we had a great deal in common besides pens, and in December 2008, Brian flew to Tampa to visit Lisa. Six months later, Lisa and her kids moved to Brian’s home in Appleton, Wisconsin.
2010 was a busy year for us – we got married AND founded Anderson Pens – life has never been better!! We started our online store, and attended pen shows all over the country; generally 12-15 shows a year. In 2013, we opened a retail brick & mortar pen store in downtown Appleton, and we would love to meet you if you are in the area – please stop in! If you can't make it in, check out our virtual tour below!
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We have over 32 years of combined experience buying, selling, collecting and using vintage and modern fountain pens, inks, and fine papers. We are both members of the
Pen Collectors of America. We encourage you to check out their site and become a member! Lisa has been President of the PCA for the past 3 years and we also proudly sponsor the PCA Pens for Kids program by donating all of the cartridge pens that are given away to children at shows, and to select school groups.
Brian’s collecting focus includes Esterbrooks, as well as hard rubber pens with some form of ornamentation, such as sterling silver, gold fill, or solid gold with bands, overlays and filigree work. . Aikin Lambert, Paul Wirt, John Holland and Waterman are finding their way into the pen chest more often than not these days. Modern pens do seem to be working their way into rotation though, including OMAS, Sailor, Sheaffer Legacy, Montblanc, and Delta pens.
Lisa’s collecting focus also began with Esterbrook, but she has expanded into the old style faceted Pilot Vanishing Point pens. Other favorites include Italian and Japanese pens, such as Aurora and Sailor.
Brian takes care of all the pen repair, images and pen listings here at Anderson Pens, as well as answering all those minutiae on Esterbrook you can think of. Lisa is your Ink and Paper Expert, and she manages the day to day activities at the store.
Dave joined us in April of 2014, and he is our primary salesman, and handles much of the customer service communication. Dave and Brian were friends in college, and Brian got Dave, and later Dave’s wife Julie, hooked on fountain pens. We have been blessed to have Dave here working with us on a daily basis, and he also keeps the store open when we are at shows.
10 E. College Ave. #112A
Appleton, WI 54911
Monday through Friday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sunday: By chance or by appointment
In the News:
- Advertising Specialty Institute
- Pen World July 2014, August 2010
Qantas In Flight Magazine
- The App Twist featured us on their blog (app has since been removed)
- Fox Business News
- Arkansas Life
-The LA Times mentions our story
- Columbus, OH Dispatch
- The Pennant
- We can be found on FPN and Pentrace
- Articles on FPGeeks