Our Story

Welcome to Birmingham Pen Company
A tiny American pen & ink manufacturer





In 2008, brothers Nick and Josh entered the fountain pen industry operating from their parents' basement.

After a decade of contracting with many of the world's premier fountain pen component and ink manufacturers, Birmingham Pen Co. turned its first house machined fountain pen in 2018.




Pittsburgh Terminal Building Warehouse



Our first workshop was at Pittsburgh's Southside, right along the Monongahela River in the Terminal Warehouse.

The giant brick and cement building was completed in 1906. The Southside was once called “Little Birmingham” due to the area’s prolific manufacturing industry in the early 1900's. The Birmingham moniker was derived from Birmingham, UK - a manufacturing hub that specialized in, among other things, pen and nib manufacturing with thousands of craftspeople employed in the industry. We chose the name Birmingham Pen Company to share this little known piece of history and continue in the traditions behind the name.




Birmingham Pen Company Logo Banner



We're a family owned and operated small business.

Today our workshop is in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, about 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh. Dad has become the chief pen machinist operating our CNC lathe; he's developed some innovative custom tools that allow us to efficiently produce beautiful and unique pen parts. Mom is incredibly helpful with extra processing work and lends a hand with creative new product names. Now we're entering our third year of fountain pen production and just beginning to manufacture fountain pen ink.




We're excited for what the future has in store. Our goals are aggressive and the journey is bound to be colorful... we're elated to have you join us for the ride!

 

📍Join us at the pen factory


"The pen factory is humming."
-Dad

 

 

Birmingham building

Pictured is a building mural in Pittsburgh's Southside, paying tribute to the region's old moniker.