Making Pens

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"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.
 
I use the JoWo nibs for all my designs, they have an excellent quality. The pens come standard with Jowo Nib included. There is range of variations available in line widths. The high-end nibs in Gold or special painted colours have to be ordered, these are usually between £70 and £500.
 

Each pen is handmade, has unique properties and are therefore sold as unique items even when a small edition was made of the same model. Each one remains individually traceable based on patterns and the certificate details. Pen made since January 2018 have a special certificate, before these they are study and learning models with a simple certificate.

The business started as hobby and because I always wondered if I can make these myself, I always loved writing with quality fountain pens and the world of fine art and mechanics. 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.
 

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.

My designs are made without CNC machines, for some reason they come alive when they are not made with CNC, maybe CNC makes it too perfect, at a loss of something else. Besides that, the loss of material using CNC on the polymers makes this uneconomical, you need to sense the material while working in it for the best result. Most of the polishing is done by hand for a better effect.

Working clean is the only way to make the pens, when the Lathe's post runs over minute shavings then this can effect the quality, especially in the finer work, such as the threading. Anyway, keeping things clean and oiled is a good habit.I use no lacquer except shellac to cover hand painted layers and inlays and then a resin protection finishing layer. The art of layered gold leaf, metal dust, coloured shellac is field I'm exploring and plan to develop as far I am able to go.

Preparing the pen and making decorations is a slow process, this can be anything from a day to weeks, especially when gold leaf and lacquer layers are used which need to harden before each layer can be added. I'm still experimenting with this.

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. Since these materials are very expensive I start first with acrylic sample to create prototypes. The pen body materials are very sensitive and require very high quality cutting and shaping tools, often I use methods that are counter intuitive and based on experience. 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 avoiding epoxy or resin glues. This is possible because I can work to a tolerance of 0.05 diameter, and on the surface this is 0.025mm. These are for handwork exceptional fine measurements, usually only add the metals parts on the pen. The threading has now a tolerance of 0.04mm and I'm still reducing it further down.

I'm always hunting for exotic wonderful materials to change into pens, a lot of these materials come from factories which no longer exist.

Soon I will add more about the history of the pen, the making and many other interesting things. There will be more about ink types, calligraphy, and I'm planning to extent the shop with other products. It's a lot of work so this will take time. Eventually this page will be redesigned in sections, for now it is just a simple page.