Making Pens

Handmade

"High quality designer pens are still appreciated items despite the overall decline of the use of fountain pens."


The luxury of writing

Writing with a fountain pen is still for many a way to express style, uniqueness, a way to impress or to create something that is very personal. Signing an important document is still done with a designer pen on high quality paper by Presidents, Royalties, the Rich Business owners, Solicitors and Registrar activities but also by people who love quality, the luxury of the art of writing. The writing style expresses the personality who writes and signs, this is often deliberately well chosen using a special colour and line width. A new generation started using fountain pens, rather then calligraphy pen, to draw with and they make marvelous drawings, doodling on a grand scale to flee away from the digital restless world.

A few people started making fountain pens again after the collapse of the large industries and try to express their own ideas and emotions. Some create truly stunning objects which have become more like art expressions. The high quality fountain pen designs is usable art.
 
Thankfully there is still a lot of stock but some is no longer made while in various places from time to time some material is found in sheds or storage rooms. The prices for 1 feet of stock is fro some materials extraordinary high like snakeskin patterns from Omas, which can be up to £1000,- and that is just the material! These are combined only with very special nibs, often with bespoke design. Another style in demand is Maki / Urushi which can have prices the value of a luxury car. In all, there is still a large market for the fountain pen as a personal statement, a preferred instrument from pleasant writing, or as a collectors item.

Designing

PS Designs
I create my own different styles for those who are looking for something very different and unique, to feel inspired, to impress and to enjoy.

Overtime I developed my own methods to create the pens sharing the passion of lovely usable artwork. The style I use is based on Japanese rod models.

My pens are between 15 to15.8mm in diameter and usually around 137.5mm in lenght. They are made from up to 25 parts and I use no CA, in exceptional cases I use shellac and recently I started assembling the whole pen with threading. I was already able to join so tide fit that only a drop of shellac was enough to hold all parts bit this goes a step further. All these pens are sold included a pen tube rather then a luxury box which is then often stored in a cupboard. A pen tube makes more sense.

A lot of the work involves gathering knowledge of lost skills. One feature of the designs is that I try to use phi ratio's as a base for the designs. Phi is a special number which makes it rather easy to find a balance between different parts pleasing the eye. And it is fun to play with numbers.

I specialize in more robust designs which also brings out the wonderful textures and colours of no longer produced materials. The way one tells how it must be done is not always the best way, there are many ways to make a fine product, a lot is based on experimenting, sensing, sound, feel, how it cuts, even smells.

Metal decorations are turned by myself on the lath and as much as possible held together on the pen by compression where possible. Since August 2019 I'm able to make virtually all pens without CA glues since start of 2019. It's requires 0.05mm exactness to join the parts such that friction keeps it together and then some shellac fixes this.

In my designs I use currently no clips, I'm planning to design my own roll stoppers and other decorative metals on top of the pen body besides the usual embedded materials such as rings and wire designs, but this is still in development.

Some series are dedicated to themes like the industry, the Geordie history, the Army, Railway and other services, only done a few so far.

I'm always exploring new ideas but try to come with something unique, which is very hard given that worldwide there are over ten's of thousand designs available. Who would ever thought you can create so many designs based on a simple structure as a pen. And yet there is always room for a few more new designs.

Pens are made as a unique single design or in small series. Each pen is handmade and are therefore sold as an unique item even when a small edition was made of the same model.

Certificates

Certificates and Provenance.
Recently I added an entry on the website to check if a certificate is genuine. Soon I will ad also the pen images and some features to further proof the authenticity.