Making Pens

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


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 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 can be seen as usable art.

In the middle of this 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.

I use various sizes of JoWo nibs for all my designs, they have an excellent quality. The high-end nibs in Gold or special painted colours have to be ordered, these are usually between £70 and £500.
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. Each one remains individually traceable based on patterns and the certificate details. Pens made since January 2018 have a special certificate, before these they are study and learning models with a simple certificate or reference to this website.
My goal is to make hand painted pens with Gold Leaf, precious metal powders covered with shellac, with the occasional crystals and precious stones. This will take me many years to master. I developed my own methods of creating the pens to share the passion of lovely usable artwork.

The art of layered gold leaf, metal dust, coloured shellac is another field I'm exploring and plan to develop as far I am able to go.

A lot of the work involves gathering knowledge of lost skills. 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 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.

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

The latest series are modern, minimalist with a shape not like the traditional pen and yet have a hint of the past like styles seen in the Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Gatsby and the early classic pen period. I specialize this bold strong expression with a mix from those art periods, to impress, to be used en to enjoy.

Some series are dedicated to themes like the industry, the Geordie history, the Army and other services.

I'm always exploring new ideas but try to come with something unique, which is very hard given that there are far over ten thousand design 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.

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