The Writing Equipment Society was established in 1980 by several patrons of a London pen store known as ‘His Nibs’. The Drury Lane shop was owned by the late Phillip Poole who regularly produced an informal newsletter for his customers and this newsletter was the forerunner of the now world renowned WES Journal. Phillip was the Society’s inaugural Chairman and held the post for 10 years during which time the Society became established as the leading organisation of its kind worldwide.
The Society is devoted to the conservation and study of writing instruments and accessories. Members interests include pens of all types and materials, pencils, nibs, inkwells, stamp boxes, quill cutters, scriveners' knives, seals, writing slopes, blotters, letter scales, paper knives and rulers to mention but a few.