Author: Carl Fisher

Big 3 Collaboration for Additive Pens

Big 3 Collaboration for Additive Pens

I was approached by Jerry Tong from Additive Pens with a unique opportunity. Could I make front sections and caps that would compliment his 3D printed pens. After some back and forth a simple but attractive design was decided on.

For material I turned to one of the best in the business. Jonathon Brooks of Carolina Pen Company (aka Brooks Blanks). Jonathon has been one of my primary material providers for some time and I asked him to have at it coming up with two distinctive color combinations. One a darker understated deign and one a lighter more wild color mix. He delivered in spades.

After a bit of retooling for the new front section design it was time for some quality time at the lathe. Below are the first caps and sections that will be sent off to Additive for test fit and final tweaks before a big run for his upcoming Batch 4 orders.

Thank you to Additive Pens for the great opportunity. Check out some of his awesome pens at or Additive Pens on Facebook. You can find Jonathon Brooks at or Carolina Pen Company on Facebook.

Additive Pens + Fisher of Pens + Carolina Pen Company = a unique powerhouse pen for your collection.




New Model Announcement – The Python

New Model Announcement – The Python

I realized I didn’t have any of the Greek mythological dragons in my lineup besides the Hydra. While testing out a new blank for another blank maker recently I finally made whole a pen that has been in my head for a little while and the Python was born.

In Greek mythology, Python is often represented as a serpent or dragon living at the center of the earth. Python became the enemy of the later Olympian deity Apollo, who slew it and took over Python’s former home and oracle. These were the most famous and revered in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds.

The Python is very similar in proportion and size to the popular Atlas model. Where the Atlas has gentle curves and rounded finials, the Python is more hard angled tapers and flatter/cone shaped finials. This makes the Python slightly shorter but the same diameter as the Atlas. This pen lends itself easily to clip, roll stop or naked and is generally postable.

The sample here is shown with an optional front section trim ring and a stainless steel dragon roll stop.

Updated Athena model

Just a quick update to customers who are familiar with the popular Athena model. Except for a few rare occasions where the material dictates a thinner pen, the Athena has now increased in diameter by 1mm. This was done to alleviate the thin wall of the cap and front threads as a proactive measure. While I haven’t had any issues to date, this is a comfort factor of adding an extra 0.5mm of wall thickness to all sides for my own sanity.

The old Athena uses a 12mm double start thread for the cap while the new version uses a 13mm triple start cap. So it actually provides a faster open and close experience.

The v1 Athena is available by special request and will still be used when the selected material does not allow for the larger diameter. Such is the case for many of the vintage celluloid rods.

The below examples show old vs. new. Pardon the buffing compound on the red pen. I haven’t finished making it all pretty.

Humbled by our community

I’m typically a humble guy. If you compliment me I will offer my gratitude but never truly feel worthy the praise. That’s a difficult position to be in for someone who practices an art but at the same time help drive to improve.

From the Pen Cup author Mary Collins recently offered her praise for a pen that she purchased from me at the DC pen show. The pen was a slightly different mix of the colors that make up the combustion resin from Jonathon Brooks @ Carolina Pen Company. I use Jonathon’s blanks for the larger percentage of my pens and love working with the material and he has a tremendous eye for colors. This particular Ares model only came to be the weekend before we left for DC. It was a whim creation from a set of blanks that caught my eye while Jonathon was up spending time in my shop. I guess it was meant to be that this pen was created and found a home with Mary. And to top it off she was able to get a matching stand from Jonathon and an Architect grind from Dan Smith “The Nib Smith” himself.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank Mary for her kind words. I spent some time with her and her husband at DC and couldn’t have met a nicer couple.

You can read the review here:



MTN Fountain Pens & Inks Group Buy Details



Group Buy?

Fisher of Pens is sponsoring a group buy for the MTN Fountain Pens & Inks Facebook group. This group buy has been organized by Vijay Mistry and I would like to thank him for his hard work in helping to put this together.

The following was established based on a number of polls within the MTN Facebook group. A single pen model and 3 material options have been identified.



Our popular Athena was the pen model of choice. The Athena features a cap and body that are the same diameter so the pen is flush when closed. The Athena is not postable and is relatively straight line from end to end with a slight taper leading into the finials. For this group buy the finials will be partially rounded with a rounded over lip and flat end. The grip section will be tapered with a step at the front as shown in the sample pen in the gallery below.

Dimensions are approximately 13.5mm in diameter and approximately 140mm-145mm in length when closed depending on clip or no-clip option.

Shown here are the Starry Night and Copper Earth



Jonathon Brooks was tapped to create two custom color mixes that will be exclusive to this group buy. A variation on the Starry Night color pallet and an earth tone pallet that I’m referring to as Copper Earth. These combinations of colors and saturation will remain exclusive to this 2016 group buy.

Based on popular demand a 3rd color was also added to the options however this one is non-exclusive. I requested a color mix of the popular Koi blank line that leaned more towards the magenta purple pallet than his standard mix. The results are beautiful but not exclusive going forward.

A video of the materials can be seen here:

The 3 rods on the left were the poll winners. From left to right, Starry Night, Copper Earth and Magenta Koi. The other two materials did not receive enough votes to be included in this group buy.


Nib & Ink

steel-nib-unit-size-6-two-toneThese pens will come with a two-tone steel nib from German manufacturer Jowo. The nib size is #6 and is directly compatible with their lineup of 14k and 18k nibs should the buyer wish to add their own gold nib later. Please note that gold nibs will be the responsibility of the buyer and the pen will come with a steel nib in the line weight selected.

Available in your choice of Extra Fine, Fine, Medium, Broad, 1.1 and 1.5. Each nib will be installed and dip tested prior to shipping. Each pen will also come with a Schmidt K5 converter installed but is compatible with standard international sized cartridges.


Engraving & Numbered Limited Edition

These pens will be Limited Edition identified by the exclusive material selection and engraving. Each pen will be engraved with the following text:

Fisher of Pens LE 2016
Athena 1 of 30

Where the first number is your spot in the order process and the second number is the total number of participants (regardless of material selection). The engraving will be a small font text on the body and will not be color filled.

To be fair to all buyers, specific numbers may not be requested or assigned with the exception of #1 which goes to Vijay for his work in organizing the group buy. Each buyer will receive their number based on the order they completed the order form starting with #2.

The total number of participants is planned to be capped at 30 in order to meet he turn around time of 4-5 months as promised. No entries beyond #30 will be invoiced and the form will be disabled as soon as possible after the limit is reached.


Pricing & Ordering

Final pricing is as follows:

  • $170 for No-Clip option as shown in the gallery above
  • $190 if you choose to add a clip
  • +$30 for shipping outside of the United States
  • Domestic shipping is included

Orders will be accepted through the official order form only. Your serial number will be assigned based on the order in which orders are received.

PayPal payment invoices will be sent to the email address provided when filling out the order form. ** Payment will be due in full at the time you receive the invoice. Failure to pay by the order deadline will forfeit your order and exclude you from any future group buys sponsored by Fisher of Pens.

If you are not able to pay via PayPal for whatever reason please reach out to me for alternative payment methods. Note you do not need a PayPal account to pay with your credit card.



Orders will be shipped to the address provided on the order form when all pens are completed. Each pen will come with a basic black gift box and securely boxed and padded for shipment. In order to stay organized pens will not be able to ship early so please don’t ask. Order status updates can be requested through Vijay Mistry on the Facebook page. He will be kept up to date on the status of the entire order. I will do my best to post any order updates to the Facebook page as well but please contact Vijay if you have any direct questions.

Tracking information will be emailed to the email address provided on the order form.


New article in the WSJ this week – Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?

New article in the WSJ this week – Can Handwriting Make You Smarter?

Whether you agree or not, handwriting is a hotly debated topic in our time of technology. Typing and voice recognition have taken over much of the way we communicate and keep track of information. Our smart phones will jot a note for us simply by asking Siri, Google, Cortana or Alexa and add it to your Evernote, OneNote or Calendar with almost no effort. However there may still be a place for handwriting.

I personally hand write notes every day. I keep a bullet journal (check out bullet journaling here: for work that as a manager has been invaluable at keeping me organized and on top of a busy schedule. I tried computer based task managers but found that I don’t recall what I type nearly as well as what I write. The act of writing helps your brain form connections and memories in a way that simply typing doesn’t accomplish. That’s true in my case anyway. YMMV.

Read the WSJ article here:

New material selection – Cranberry Night Acrylic

New material selection – Cranberry Night Acrylic

One of my favorite suppliers had a hadfull of new materials listed and this was one of 4 that caught my eye immediately.

This is Cranberry Night which is a swirling color acrylic with plenty of transparent sections making it perfect for our specialty Siren style pens.

The first pen will be completed tonight and will be available for direct sale assuming I don’t keep it for myself. I’m really in love with this material.


Request a quote today for your new Cranberry Night custom pen

Watch Mazzuccelli create Cellulose Acetate!

Watch Mazzuccelli create Cellulose Acetate!

Jonathon Brooks shared a terrific video with me and I thought it worth passing along to you.

Mazzucchelli was founded in 1849 and is one of the top producers of cellulose acetate in the world. Although heavily used for eye glass frames and small items, they have historically produced some great materials thick enough for the pen market with a richness of depth and color hard to match with modern acrylics.

Watch how this material is produced from cotton into a final finished product.

Video review of a Fisher of Pens custom – Alternative Nib

Video review of a Fisher of Pens custom – Alternative Nib

While our standard nibs are the JoWo or Bock steel nibs, we do offer alternatives. This video reviews one of my custom gray line celluloid pens using an Esterbrook 9048 fine flexible nib from our friends at Anderson Pens.

This pen has also been converted to use a converter instead of your typical eye dropper or sac configuration.






Translucent Water Acrylic Options

Translucent Water Acrylic Options

Water acrylic material options available on our custom pens. These materials range from almost fully transparent to translucent. The lighter the material, the more transparent it will be.

Here is how I would rank them:

  • Transparent: Blue Topaz, Canary, Citrine, Peach, Olive, Rose, Cool Mint
  • Middle of the road translucent: Amber, Burgundy, Freezing
  • Dark to almost opaque: Sapphire, Ruby, Amethyst, Emerald