Making Pens

Handmade Fountain Pens

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


The luxury of writing

Writing is still for many a way to express style, uniqueness, a way to impress or to create something that is very personal, especially with a fountain pen. 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 to draw with, rather then a calligraphy pen, 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 and should not be confused with kit making.
 
Thankfully there is still a lot of stock but some is no longer made. Sometimes rare stock is stil found in various in sheds or storage rooms, some can be £100 to £1000 for only 12 inches of 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 varying from £3000 to that 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, an investment.

Designing Fountain pens

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 up to 140mm in lenght. They are made from up to 25 parts without using 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, but this goes a step further. A lot of the work involves gathering knowledge of lost skills. Metal decorations are turned by myself on the lath and as much as possible held together on the pen by compression. It's requires working to a tolerance of 0.05mm to join the parts such that friction keeps it together. The pens are sold included a pen tube, which I make myself, rather then a luxury box which is then often stored in a cupboard. A pen tube makes more sense and more ecological.

One feature of the designs is that I try to use phi ratio's as a base for the designs and a set of base numbers. 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 the precious materials. There are many ways to make a fine product, a lot is based on experimenting, sensing, sound, feel, how it cuts, even smells.

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

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.

Hand work, no mass production
The products are made in small batches and only when sold I add one or two in the online shop. That way I can follow the demand, and maintain a more ecological way of producing.

No pen boxes
Luxury pen boxes look nice but are not really efficient and ecological, so often they end up in a cupboard never to be used. So I decided to make pen tubes, which are free with pens worth over £75, to be used as carriers, in the post and by the pen users. I make them for my own pens.

 

Certificates

Certificates and Provenance.
The authenticity can since January 2020 be checked via the Certificate checking page.

Not all Certificates are at the moment added, there are many which belong to pens sold before January 2020. Should you notice yours is not added, then contact me and I check/add the certificate so it can be verified. This is important should you ever want to sell on your pen and need the Provenance verification.