Rekindling the Pleasure of Writing as Carmel Celebrates 100 Years

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Bittner, The Pleasure of Writing has sparked a revival for visitors to Carmel by the Sea

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“Penmanship and the pleasure of writing have become a universal pursuit, sought with passion by our customers of all ages all over the world,” says Bittner. “For visitors to Carmel our store has become a destination.

As Carmel by the Sea celebrates its historic 100th birthday in 2016, one of the gems in its crown, Bittner, The Pleasure of Writing will mark 25 years in business with a high-performance updated website, an extended selection of fine writing pens, an international collection of hand-engraved boxed notecards and stationery – and a 25th Anniversary Celebration on November 18th, 2016 at its flagship store on Ocean Avenue in the heart of Carmel by the Sea, voted third most romantic city after Paris and Venice by Conde Nast Traveler.

In the twenty-five years that owner Detlef Bittner has been welcoming Carmel visitors to his beautiful store, he has seen a revival in interest around the art of handwriting that has grown tangentially with the surge in technology and devices.

“Penmanship and the pleasure of writing have become a universal pursuit, sought with passion by our customers of all ages all over the world,” says Bittner. “For visitors to Carmel our store has become a destination because of the experience they have here, the imagination and connection that is sparked when writing by hand and, most of all, the increasing importance of taking a thoughtful moment to truly connect in this increasingly virtual world.”

Bittner also remains in close contact with his thriving community of writing enthusiasts via his newly streamlined website which offers easy search and in-depth information about product features and includes direct access to an international selection of cotton papers, journals, calligraphy supplies and accessories plus a collector’s club for writing instruments and an extensive video collection that brings the pleasure of writing to life.


Namiki Shark,
A museum-quality, investment- grade collector pen made entirely by hand by master craftsmen in Japan.

Celestial Fountain Pen or Rollerball
Entirely made out of sterling silver and hard enamel in the traditional Faberge style.

Porsche Design Laser Flex
The car enthusiast pen, made in Germany of solid titanium. Mimics how the Porsche PDK double clutch engages.

Napkin Pininfarina Forever Pen in Carbon Fiber
The Forever Pen. Writes forever. Never needs sharpening, never needs a refill, and will never stop writing. Designed by the famous car designer Pininfarina.

Parafernalia Revolution Ballpoint Pen
Developed to mimic the Pompidou Center in Paris and its exposed skeletal design.


Bittner Medieval Journal - 5.5" x 8.5"
Hand-stitched with waxed string in a prominent medieval binding technique. The paper is 300 g Arches hand-made all cotton rag from France. Ideal for all kinds of media including watercolor.

Amalfi Paper - 8.25" x 11"
Hand-made in Italy since 1380.

25th Anniversary Celebration 11/18/16
The 25th Anniversary Celebration of Bittner, The Pleasure of Writing will take place on Friday, November 18th from 3:00-6:00 pm at the Bittner flagship store on Ocean Avenue at San Carlos Avenue in downtown Carmel. Special ceremony and champagne toast at 4:00 pm with Mayor Steve Dallas and former Mayor Sue McCloud.

About Bittner
Known as "Pen Heaven" among worldwide customers, collectors and friends, Bittner is a Mecca for the writing enthusiast. With an international collection of carefully curated writing instruments, rare collectibles, fine papers and note cards, hand-bound journals, specialized inks, seals and seal waxes – plus engraved stationery and watermarked and handmade papers, Bittner has gathered a truly remarkable collection to serve its passionate community in Carmel and around the world.

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