a pioneering engineering heritage since 1400aD
Nicholas Hemingway hones superior design and precision engineered pens and mechanical pencils for those who desire a hand-built premium writing or drawing instrument.
Nicholas Hemingway grew up in Chelsea in London. He studied architecture at university but always wanted to be a product designer. Instead of solely studying product design it seemed to him architecture be the fuller course of design to study and would be a more transferable path to follow.
Both Nicholas Hemingway’s Grandfather’s Philip Hemingway and Frank Warnford Harold were engineers. Philip Hemingway was also a draftsman in his earlier career and much later retired to become an Horologist (Clock-maker).
The forefathers of the Hemingway family were Viking settlers who came to Scotland in the Middle Ages. Many places were named by these Norsemen, and the Hemingway surname was taken on from one of these place names, when someone lived in the Orkneys, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Nicholas Hemingway’s family can be directly traced back to circa 1400AD. His American side of the family emigrated to the US from Sheffield in 1860 and became the famous literary branch of the family that led to the birth of Ernest Hemingway. The Yorkshire residing part of the family grew into a family of engineers of which William Hemingway (Nicholas’s great great great grandfather) had a huge part to play in the engineering world at the time having worked with famous civil engineer George Stephenson and been the inventor of the caterpillar track system on tanks that went on to be developed during wartime from which William Hemingway gained very little to no acclaim for his invention that became part of a wartime development tank program and his inventor rights given up for the war efforts and “for the good of the country”