My name is Rob van Nigtevecht, Artisan Fountain Pen Designer and owner of PS Powerful Signature. Originally I come from the print and document solutions background. My wife is a Geordie who also makes artwork, she does Jewellery, felt work, upholstery, shabby chic to name a few. We live close to Newcastle, home of the Geordies.
The Geordies have a rich past in industrial development and their own cultural style which I started to appreciate a lot over the years.
I always loved fountain pens, watches and old machines for the shear beauty and elegance like the rose engines or Guilloché lathe's which are incredible complicated machines for engraving and shaping but also for pen making. Some still exist and are worth a fortune. Even the latest English pound has been created with this in the designing process, the CNC machines and laser engravings still cannot match that quality!
One day I decided it is now or never to make things myself, for the joy of writing, scribbling and drawing with ink, which I do a lot with great pleasure. This gives a kind of peace which writing on a computer just cannot offer.
To celebrate the humble pen and ink, which gives us more than we think, I started to make them myself and wondered if it is for me possible to make them from raw materials, without buying pen parts. This except the Nibs and converters, that is a far too complex industrial process.