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

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Black Cherry Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen

Winter again.  Sigh… Seems to happen every year!  Yep, I am once again in a cold-weather slow-down (though admittedly nowhere as bad as last year).  As much as my workspace is well above the temperatures outside, it is still pretty cool at -5 to -10 C lately.  Have had to throw on a lot of layers and suffer very cold hands to get anything done!

Here is one that I did manage to get done yesterday, a 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen' in a very cool alumilite resin called 'Black Cherry' at Slabs, Blanks and Boards, where I got it.  When I looked at the unturned blanks, I saw - well, basically purply silver stuff.  But, having turned blanks by this resin maker before, I knew I was in for a treat, and it was no disappointment as I saw the rich swirls of purple, red, silver and black come together in a nice gloss.

I have fitted this pen with a broad polished steel JoWo nib for the pictures, and it has a converter installed for filling.

This pen is about to embark on a long trip overseas to the UK.  Bon voyage!

Thanks for looking,


Sunday, 25 January 2015

Arctic Night Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen

Yep, wanted to work with this material again, one of Jonathon Brooks' lovely alumilite resins also called 'Blue Nebula'.    I'm going with 'Arctic Night' again for this one because it is rather dark, reminiscent of those cold, dark starry winter nights up north.

This is another of my Shirt Pocket Fountain Pens, the good old workhorse pens that are just the right size, fit in the shirt pocket, and post deeply and securely for long periods of writing.  This is the style of pen that I bring to work on a regular basis.

In this case, I have ground the polished steel broad JoWo nib to a smooth stub/cursive italic that is a lot of fun to write with.

Thanks for taking a look!



Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Charger Lava Cone-End Cigar Style Fountain Pen

Seems the weather has once again plunged to deep cold, slowing down production in my shop (of course, the Christmas season, a crazy work schedule and being sick didn't help either…), but here is one that I finished off a couple of weeks ago.   

This Charger Lava is really quite popular.



Friday, 26 December 2014

Caramel Swirl Cigar Style Fountain Pen

I have had this material sitting in my blank box for well over a year, and have really been wanting to try it out.  So glad I did - I just loved the warm golden brown look of it, and finally landed on 'Caramel Swirl' as the name I wanted to give it.

This is another one of my Cigar Style fountain pens, decked out with a polished steel medium nib (ran out of two-tone mediums), and fitted with a converter for ink.

Well, I guess that's it for now.  Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Root Beer Float Cigar Style FP

Here is another 'first go' at a material I have been waiting to use (one that is not commissioned), and finally just decided to jump in and make something with it.  This is another one of Jonathon Brooks' great alumilite blanks, with warm shimmering tan swirls in the black background.  I decided to label this one ' Root Beer Float' as it is pretty reminiscent of just that - though truth be told, it reminded me even more of the lovely black and tan of a nice Guinness stout being poured into a glass…

Here the pen is posing with its JoWo two tone steel broad nib, which I think I plan to grind to a smooth stub to add a bit of writing fun to this pen.

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Jade Pebble 'Bamboo' Style Fountain Pen

Well, I have had this lovely Jade Pebble acrylic sitting on the shelf for a long, long time while it waited out (along with the new owner of this pen) the crazy long wait list.  But, finally got to have a go at this material.  I have never used it before, but I can certainly say I will be using it again.  I really like it!

The only tricky part of this process was the diameter of the blanks, which were thin enough to make it very difficult to pull off the Bamboo style pen.  In the end I had to make the whole pen a bit slimmer to allow for the nodes.

This pen will be headed for hot and sunny Australia (yes, I am envious).



Friday, 12 December 2014

New Style of Fountain Pen - the 'Compact' in Charger Lava

OK, so it's really more of a modification to a previous style, the Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen.   A little smaller, no clip, and rounded ends.

The idea behind this was essentially to make a pen about as small as I could, but while still using the large #6 nib, and allowing the pen to still be able to use a long cartridge (such as a Waterman long) or the standard converter that it comes with.   Long and short of it (pun intended - sorry) is that it comes out to nice compact 130mm (a hair over 5") closed, and since like the SPFP it posts quite deeply, the posted length is only 138mm (or just under 5 1/2").  A nice carrying size for purse, backpack or briefcase.  

This one is going out to my Mum - so Mum, if you are reading this, pretend you didn't, and act surprised  :-)

Thanks for looking!


Monday, 8 December 2014

'Cool Mint Water' Cigar Style FP - (first go at using transparent acrylic)

Once in a while I get an acrylic that is relatively translucent, and as I finish off the pen, I wonder how it would look with the inside polished.  Well, here was a great opportunity to experiment with that.  I had an order for a Cigar pen using this 'Cool Mint Water' acrylic, which I have ever used before, largely because it is not just translucent, but actually quite transparent.   After talking with RenĂ©e Meeks (Scriptorium Pens), a fellow pen maker (with a much cooler website than mine) who has really done a stellar job of mastering the technique of polishing the inside of these transparent blanks, I decided to bite the bullet and give it a go.

I must say that I am reasonably happy with the result, though I am looking forward to practicing it a bit more to work out a few kinks.

The pen is posing here with a polished steel nib in the first two pics, and with a two-tone steel nib in the  second last.  The converter can also be seen in the barrel.

Thanks for looking!  Thoughts and comments welcome.


Saturday, 29 November 2014

Charger Lava Cigar Style Fountain Pen

Back to the basics - the Cigar style fountain pen.  When using a very colourful, interesting resign like this Charger Lava alumilite, the Cigar style is perfect for showing off the brilliant swirls and iridescence.

This pen is posing with a JoWo medium two-tone steel nib, which is about to be ground to a cool, smooth italic stub.  In other words, I get to play with this one for a bit longer before it ships out :-))

Thanks for looking!


Friday, 21 November 2014

Orange Crush SPFP

Here's the latest to come off my bench - first time I have made this style of pen out of the Orange Crush acrylic.   One of the things that I notice about this acrylic is that it seems to have an even lower melting point than most other acrylics.  Not sure why, but wow - slow drilling here…

Turned out to be a fairly translucent material this time.  I think I might try polishing the inside of the cap and barrel the next time I use this stuff, see about making a 'semi-demonstrator' with it.

In any case, this cheerful little pen is fitted with a fine JoWo steel nib that I have ground to an EF, but in  an 'Architect' grind, allowing extra fine verticals, and fine to medium horizontals.  Adds a nice flair to the writing!

Thanks for looking!