About Us

Row of old fashioned Nib presses

Since 1856, as a result of our association with D. Leonardt & Co we have been at the forefront of pen nib manufacture and design. Now, over 150 years later we continue along that path combining the traditional elements of writing with new and exciting craft products.

Whether you are a returning customer or new to the Manuscript brand, you will find that we offer a vast and ever growing array of products that combine high quality with competitive pricing. From the classic world of dip pens and inkwells to our contemporary range of Fountain Pens, Italic markers, wax seals and coloured markers, you can almost see the generations unfold before your eyes.

Manuscript – It’s time to make your mark…..

Who are ManuscriptMore +

Manuscript Pen Company Ltd is a family-owned company established in 1989 and based in Highley, Shropshire, England. We are one of the few remaining Companies in the world specialising in the development, production and sale of fountain pen and dip pen based calligraphy products.

A history of Birmingham pen nib manufacture entitled The Steel Pen Trade, has been written by the former Chairman of D.Leonardt & Co, Arthur Charles who acquired D. Leonardt & Co in 1949 and was the father-in-law of Manuscript’s present Chairman and Managing Director, Nick Stockbridge.

In 2010 Nick Stockbridge’s son Charles became the Commercial Director for Manuscript.  He is the fifth generation of the family to be involved with the manufacture and distribution of high quality pen nibs in the West Midlands.


Our ValuesMore +

Manuscripts success has been built on a number of core company values that have remained almost unchanged since our earliest beginnings.

Quality- Quality, craftsmanship, precision and style are just some of the qualities you can expect from our pens.
Value – We always strive to deliver exceptional value to our customers in both our products and our services.
Innovation- We continue to be at the forefront of innovation in both the traditional style Calligraphy Fountain Pens as well as new and exciting paper craft products.
Trust – We are a long standing and trusted Manufacturer, with an extensive history and heritage that dates back as far as 1856.
Service – We are a customer focused team that aim to deliver an efficient and high standard of service to our customers at all times.
Commitment – From our production team through to sales we are always committed to delivering great customer service and meeting our customers expectations.
Passion- At Manuscript we have a passion for creating and distributing high quality and original art and craft products, all of which are developed by our in house development team.