Last year, I posted about fountain pen stores in Tokyo and it’s still one of my most popular posts. So I want to do more of these and it makes sense to pick the Netherlands as my next destination. And because we’re such a small country, I want to mention all the shops I know of that are specialised in pens. I won’t mention stores that ‘also’ carry fountain pens because that would make the list much longer. All of these stores are specialised and have a large selection of brands.
P. W. Akkerman Amsterdam
P. W. Akkerman is the most notable fountain pen store in Amsterdam, right at the center. They have a wide selection in different price ranges, but don’t expect to find rare pens.
P. W. Akkerman The Hague
While it has the same name as the Amsterdam store, P. W. Akkerman in The Hague is a completely separate store. Even the webshops are different. This store has its own line of inks, the P.W. Akkerman line. It’s based on the Dutch Masters and typical Dutch artwork, Delft’s Blauw. They also collaborated with two noteworthy influencers in the fountain pen community to make two exclusive inks, SBREBrown and Gourmet Pens Pink.
A small store a short ride away from Amsterdam with excellent service and an in-house nibmeister.
Fontoplumo is another small speciality store, with fluffy mascot! Their brown spaniel can be found in the store often if you need some distraction for your spouse.
La couronne du comte Tilburg
La Couronne du Comte is located in the southern area of the Netherlands. They have large selection of brands and you can even find limited editions here. They’ve been in business for a long time and have created strong relationships with most of the fountain pen brands around the world.
A fountain pen specialist store located in the east of the Netherlands. They have all the bigger brands, but also a handful of smaller, lesser known brands.
24Papershop is run by one woman with a passion for pen and paper. While 24papershop has a large selection of notebooks and diaries, fountain pens are a large part of their assortment, and they’re actively growing their brand selection. If you’re looking for more than just fountain pens, this might be a good place to start.
Another small business run by a passionate woman. Scrittura Elegente knows how to find brands which are underrepresented in the Dutch market, like Laban, Wancher, and Gazing Far. Don’t forget to check out the Van Dieman inks. They’re gorgeous.
A new webshop just opened up only selling the Shimmering Robert Oster ink.
A general pen shop that carries the familiar brands.
Have you been to any of these stores or webshops? Which one is your favourite? And what pen or ink do you recommend?