Here’s what one of our customers had to say about his experience with Bittner.
From Myles Kusaba
When last I visited the shop, you mentioned launching a new website and posed the possibility of me writing something about Bittner. Below, you will find a somewhat long-winded but heartfelt description of my opinion of your shop.
My birthday was a few days ago. I am NOTORIOUSLY difficult to shop for, and thus I usually ask my loved ones if they MUST buy me something, to either make something or get me gift cards.
My Mother, ever wanting to see me happy, always goes out of her way to do something special.
The morning of my birthday this year, I unwrapped my gift, and was quite shocked, to see a beautiful Don Quijote Pen from Delta.
Anyone who knows me would know that I am an avid pen collector, but also that I only buy pens at ONE place and that is Bittner in Carmel.
Knowing this, my mother apparently called the shop and spoke to two gentleman, one being, “…a smart-sounding man with an accent…” as she put it, and the other a “…rather amusing and witty gentleman…” I’m assuming that was Detlef and Bob, respectively.
She said the people she spoke with were very helpful, respected her budget and recommended something that they felt I would like. Fantastic.
Let us rewind the clock nearly a decade. I was working my first job in Carmel and with my very first paycheck I wanted to indulge in a nice pen. There is something about handing your customers a BIC pen to sign for something expensive that just seems distasteful to me. I wanted elegance, sophistication, but also fun and function.
I got all of that at Bittner.
My first proper writing instrument was a beautiful black Omas 360. This model has a triangular shape, feels good in the hand, and most importantly, made everything I wrote feel important.
I used to love reading the old Ian Fleming James Bond books, and the way he describes the typical pocket repertoire of a gentleman always seemed to include an elegant pen.
Now I was a gentleman.
But the world of fine writing is more than just elegant pens. It can be eccentric pens. Over the top, bejeweled pens. Understated subtle pens. And not just pens. Fine papers and vellums, hand laid engraved stationary. The list goes on. That first pen introduced me to a world that I now love and I will never leave.
I have, over the years now, traveled to many exotic locations and have yet to find a boutique like Bittner. I am convinced it is without parallel.
Fast forward back to my birthday. I was very happy to receive such a beautiful pen. Clumsy as I am I never hesitate to use the pens that I own, no matter what they cost. I don’t believe in owning anything that I don’t intend to ever use.
Rest assured, if I was to ever purchase a Namiki Emperor Urushi pen, I would use it. Look one up on the site. Far too beautiful to hide in a drawer in the dark.
I am pleased to see that Bittner is celebrating twenty years of business. I’m sure another twenty years is just around the corner.”
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