Category: Fountain Pens

Rare vintage celluloid fountain pens

Rare vintage celluloid fountain pens

2 of the 5 planned direct-for-sale rare and vintage celluloid pens have been finished up and hit the store front today.

Celluloid and it’s variants such as cellulose acetate and cellulose nitrate were precursors to our modern plastics. Typically the material was created in thin sheets that were then spiral wrapped around a mandrel to form a finished tube with a fixed outer and inner diameter.  This was the dominate material for the highest end pens from approximately the 1920’s through the early 1950’s when modern plastics started to hit the market.

There is a finite supply of this material left in the world and once it’s gone, it’s gone forever. This is your chance to get a one-of-a-kind custom fountain pen in these vintage materials.

View the Gold Herringbone Vintage Celluloid Custom Fountain Pen in our store.

View the Green Web Vintage Celluloid Custom Fountain Pen in our store.

Ready for your next #mondaymatchup?

Ready for your next #mondaymatchup?

For you J Herbin Stormy Gray lovers, this one was tailor made for you! The perfect Twitter or Instagram #mondaymatchup of ink and pen.

The alumilite body of this torpedo shaped  medium sized fountain pen is a hand mixed combination of dark charcoal gray and metallic flake gold. As with all of our custom pens, this one was hand turned, rubbed, buffed and spit shined to meet our sometimes overly critical eye.

We’ve paired this beauty up with a JoWo steel two-tone nib but custom ground nibs or even the occasional gold nib have been known to find their way into our pens. All one is required to do is ask (entirely based on availability and what color socks I’m wearing when I read your email)

Now for the boring technical stuff…

Length capped: 138.5mm
Length open: 131.0mm
Body width: 12.6mm at widest
Cap width: 13.8mm at widest
Grip width: 10.2 – 10.5mm
Nib: #6 (#35) JoWo Steel
Fill: Cartridge / converter
Life, the universe and everything: 42

Like what you see an ready to buy?  Follow me to your new custom fountain pen.

What the heck is this M3 material you’re talking about?

What the heck is this M3 material you’re talking about?

I’ve posted a few pictures on Facebook and Instagram lately of a new material I’m taking for a spin around the lathe. It’s called M3 Titanium Glow or something there about.  It’s a new material from the distributor of M3 in cut down blanks sized for pens, game calls, pots, etc… So the big question you may be asking yourself is “what the heck is M3”?

Well, rather than me explain it all, here is a link to a bunch of psuedo-techno babble sales pitch directly from the source.  What is M3

Once you’re done reading that, the next thing you should know is that this particular flavor has a neat gimmick. It glows under black lighting / UV lighting. So the next time you find yourself in need of breaking out your pen in a dance club or your local bowling alley’s midnight bowling under the black lights, you can just nod as everyone stares and know that you are the new king.

Here are a few shots of the raw red and black blank and the rough form of the pen body.

Fountain Pen dressed in blue white and red (We don’t give up that easy)

Fountain Pen dressed in blue white and red (We don’t give up that easy)

Persistence pays off.

When a customer contacted me about making a pen in a very specific material, I said no problem. Little did I know that the material in question has turned into one of the more difficult materials I’d had the pleasure of tracking down.

I found a few along the way that claimed to be correct only to find out that the blue was wrong or that the red ribbons completely vanished once turned to final size. After trying multiple samples of each of these I reluctantly had to put the project on hold for a while until I could find some new stones to turn over in the search.

A few months later a fellow custom pen maker posted a photo of a recent work of his and to my shock it was the exact material I had desperately been searching for. I contacted him to ask where he sourced it from however best we could tell it wasn’t available any longer. He happened to have a stick and a half left in his stash and was gracious enough to share it with me. After receiving it, I had to really plan out every cut since I was working with about 2” less material than I was used to. This left no room for waste or error.

The result is the pen seen here. A nice medium sized fountain with a #5 sized nib. Unfortunately I didn’t take a final weight or length measurement before it was boxed up and on its way overseas to its new owner.

Threading is M12 x 0.75 on the cap to body threads and M9 x 0.75 on the section to body threads.  Heritance medium point nib.

Fountain pen nibs and feeds

Fountain pen nibs and feeds

This is a bit of an older post from Pentorium, but since fountain pen technology has changed little over the course of it’s history, it’s as relevant today as ever.  The article does a good job of covering the aspects of what a nib is, how it works, and how differnet nibs perform differnently.

http://www.pentorium.com/2012/08/25/fountain-pen-guide-series-session-1-nibs-feeds-and-how-they-come-together/

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Custom design and random good reads for the week

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I’ve been busy working on a new 100% handcrafted rollerball design that uses fountain pen ink or cartridges but so far only have about 1/2 a pen that I’m happy with.  This pen will use no metal plated components except for the clip but rather an ebonite front section and acrylic body.

I wish I could say it was going swimmingly, but dear old Murphy has done his best to work against me and anything that can go wrong…has.

In the mean time here are a few good reads.  The first combines two of my favorite things.  Bicycles and Fountain Pens.  The other, well, we have a stylus for that 😉

Fred Clements: Fountain pens and bikes

Handwriting App Ink Adds New Fountain Pen Tool

Not sure what ink will be next in your fountain pen ink collection?

Are you looking to expand your ink selection or wondering what ink you can use in your new Fisher of Pens fountain pen?  Ink On Hand might just have you covered.

Run by the Zeller Writing Company, Ink On Hand has in-depth reviews and thoughts on all things inky.  Each review is clearly documented with test results that are easy to understand and direct to the point.

Jump over today and have a look.  You may just find your next favorite ink 😉

Ink On Hand Blog

 

Piper Premium Ink Refills

Piper Ink CartridgesSo you won’t find a dry time, smear, water, or any other official test with this one.  Just a warm fuzzy feeling about the Piper premium ink refills.

Typically we provide a fresh Private Reserve refill with each pen sale, but on a whim I decided to grab a box each of the Royal Blue and Black Piper cartridge refills from Franklin-Christoph .  I loaded up the royal blue into my daily writer, a handcrafted mini fountain with a small Heritance nib.  It was very easy starting and flowed very well. Nice and smooth over the paper and drys fast enough for my needs.   Available in 6 packs or a larger 40 piece jar.

As a nice kicker, they also offer ballpoint refills that will fit any of our Parker style refill pens and rollerball refills that will fit any of our Schmidt style refill pens.

Check them out today @ Franklin-Christoph