Welcome to my Custom Fountain Pen website/blog. I put this site together a while ago so that I could let some of my fellow pen enthusiasts and penmakers, as well as my customers, see what I have been up to lately in the workshop. I don't publish all of my pens here, but good percentage of them.

A Little About My Pens: I love doing fine work on the lathe, which is what got me into this work. That is, I enjoy the focus on the details of a project - the material and colour selection, the form, the fit and finish of the pen. I also test all of the my nibs before shipping. I fill the converter, run ink through the nib and feed, and write with it. I spend a significant amount of time smoothing and adjusting the nib of every pen that I sell. My goal, with each pen that I make, is to create a writing piece whose fit and finish will impress you when you first pull it out of the packing, and that will serve you well as a great writer when you fill it up with your favourite ink.

Have a look at my posts to see some of the work I am doing lately, or see my pricing guide in the link below to the right, or check the link to my current inventory of already-made pens (usually small, as most of my work is by commissions/orders).

Or, if you are interested, you can see some of the work I have done previously in my Custom Pen Gallery on Photobucket!

If you have a Twitter account, I am @drgoretex

If you are a Tumblr kind of person, look up 'drgoretex' - but give it time. Just breaking in to that one.

If any of my posts generate particular interest, I will pin them as links on the right (eg 'Basic Nib Adjusting 101').

* ORDERS: Please contact me at kencavers@gmail.com to place an order.

* PRICES: Please see the link on the right side of the screen 'Pricing Guide' for an idea as to the cost of a pen.

Have a look at the bottom of this page for some reviews done by previous buyers!


IMORTANT NOTICE: I only make pens in my spare time, when work and other aspects of life permit. This amounts to somewhere around one to four pens per month. This, combined with a brutal winter this past year, which shut down my workshop for about three months, has led to a ridiculously long wait list for pen orders. This wait time is now about a year and a half. After some careful consideration, I have decided to close my pen making to new orders until I finish most of the orders on this list. My apologies for the inconvenience.

-Ken Cavers

Saturday, 27 September 2014

'Cenote' Cone-End Cigar - trying another new (for me) material

This material was picked out by the customer, who wanted something cool and blue-green.  This 'Cenote' blank (from slabsblanksandboards.com) fits the bill perfectly.   What alumilite loses in the 'gloss' factor, it more than gains in the brilliance of colours and pearlescence it can have.

As per request, I have turned these Cenote blanks into one of my Cone-Ended Cigar style pens.  I have installed a 1.1mm stub for the photo shoot, and the converter is installed inside.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, 26 September 2014

Today's Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen - Another Inlay

I totally forgot that I had this lovely material!  I had a request for a green and black pen, so went looking through my supplies, and came across this material that I had obtained quite some time back, but had never tried turning and finishing.

So, I gave it a go on this 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen', done in the same style as a few of my recent ones, with the black finial and the barrel-end inlay to tie the pen together visually.  And what do you know - this resin is great!   It has a very cool pearly look to it, and the veins of black in it make it look a lot like marble.

I have fitted this pen with a JoWo B nib for the pics, but the buyer will have a choice of nibs, which I will test, adjust and smooth (as always) prior to shipping.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, 14 September 2014

A Couple of New Pens

Hello all!  Just a quick post before running off...

Here are two of my most recent pens, a two-pen order for a fellow that has been patiently waiting a terribly long time.

The first is a pen in my Classic style, created out of Charger Lava resin (which I have a few times called 'VanGogh' resin for its resemblance to the colours in his 'Starry night' painting).   I have down this pen up with a two-tone medium JoWo nib along with a gold coloured clip to match.

The second is made from the Ocean Lava resin, which to me is strongly reminiscent of 'Earth' colours.  This one is made in my Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen style, with black trim on the barrel end and cap finial.  As always, the SPFP posts securely for comfort and convenience during writing.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, 7 September 2014

Ocean Lava ('Earth') Shirt Pocket fountain Pen

Hello folks,

Here is another one I just finished last evening for a colleague who wanted a gift for a friend entering Law School.  Once again, best choice is something very practical, which is the 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen'.  This one is made using the 'Ocean Lava' alumilite resin from Bear tooth Woods, which may as well be called 'Earth' resin given the wonderfully geographical blues and greens.  The pen is fitted with a medium polished steel JoWo nib and a converter for filling.

Once again, I decided to tie the barrel to the body visually with a jewel inlay of the Ocean Lava on the barrel end.

The pen is now loaded up in a pen gift box, and ready to go.

Thanks for looking!


Monday, 1 September 2014

Charger Lava SPFP with Barrel-End Inlay!

Here's one that was fun to make.  I had an order for another 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen', from someone who previously ordered four of them as graduation gifts.  Seems he had yet another family member or friend graduating, so came to me for another one.  I figured I had better use a material that I did not use on any of the others, and this Charger Lava material (from Bear Tooth Woods) came to mind:

What I did a bit differently on this one was to add an axial inlay of Charger Lava to the end of the barrel, and then round the end.  The effect is rather strikingly jewel-like, and I am quite happy with it.

Like all my 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pens', this pen is designed to allow the cap to be securely posted onto the end of the barrel while writing, so as to make this a comfortable, totally practical daily carry writer.  This pen is fitted with a medium steel JoWo nib, and a converter for filling.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, 31 August 2014

Green Swirl Acrylic Bamboo Fountain Pen

Nope, it's not the first time I have done one of these, but it is indeed a popular one.  Here the green swirl acrylic returns again to make up another of my 'signature' Bamboo style pens.  Here are a few quick pics just for fun:

This one is fitted with a fine steel JoWo nib from Germany, along with a converter for filling.



Saturday, 16 August 2014

'Stardust' Cigar Style Fountain Pen

Ah, summer.  Too many things to do.  But, I managed to get into the shop this past week to turn another one of Jonathan Brooks' lovely blanks into a Cigar style fountain pen.  As soon as I saw what this looked like polished, I thought 'Stardust'.  What can I say - I am an '80's guy, and even have some recollections of the '70's.

I fitted this pen with a broad polished steel JoWo nib, as well as a converter for filling.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 10 July 2014

'Dark Fire' Cigar Style Fountain Pen

So here is a Cigar style fountain pen that is a commission from some time back (sadly, all my commissions are 'from some time back' - but this will get better…).  There was a last-minute change of materials after the last few posts in which I used some of my new Brooks blanks.

As seems to be the way with pen makers, I have renamed the material after my own fancy, calling it 'Dark Fire', which seemed appropriate looking at the material.  The fiery flames are the first thing to grab your attention, but one closer inspection, the dark background, which at first glance seems to be plain black, is actually quite alive and opalescent!  Truly a lovely material, once again.  Bravo to Jonathan Brooks!

The pen is fitted with a 1.1 mm stub in the picture, but will actually be sporting a freshly smoothed and tuned fine nib when it catches a north wind to its new owner.

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, 5 July 2014

Multicolour Swirl 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen'

Here is a very unusual material, also made by fellow pen maker Jonathan Brooks.  This one is a wild assortment of transparent and opaque colours swirled together.  It has a certain jarring quality in its garish colourfulness, but at the same time, the transparent swirls give it an amazing depth.  From certain angles, you can see the nib inside the cap, and the converter inside the barrel.  Very cool.

I made this material into one of my 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pens', as I had someone expressing interest in this style.  I have installed a polished steel fine nib into the pen, and will be giving the nib a good smoothing and tuning before it goes (to wherever it goes).

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Blue Nebula Cigar!

Here is the second of a set of blanks that I bought from pen maker (and blank maker) Jonathan Brooks.  Again, I turned this one into a Cigar style pen the get a good look at it.  I can see already that I will be going back for more!

This particular material ('teal pearl with black') I am going to call 'Blue Nebula' because that makes me happy.  The pics came out OK, but the camera really can't catch the beautiful shimmering swirls in this material.  Truly beautiful!

I have matched the material with a polished steel JoWo fine nib.  And now, I think I will smooth and polish the nib (i.e. 'my excuse the spend some time writing with the pen').

Thanks for looking!