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 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!


IMPORTANT NOTICE: I am happily overwhelmed with pen orders. This gives me great joy in that my work is so well received, but saddens me that I cannot fill orders anywhere near as quickly as I would like. I am still trying to work through back orders, but if you have ordered from me and heard nothing for some time, feel free to email me and ask how things are going.
I still only make these pens in my spare time, when work and family time permit, and even then the productivity slows down during the coldest winter months thanks to my unheated workshop.
Given that I make these pens primarily as a hobby, I also reserve the right to pursue some other interesting pen projects in between filling orders.
I apologize for long delays in order fulfillment, which may in some case be over a year and a half. In the meantime, you are welcome to contact me to inquire about new pen orders, or to check up on a previously submitted order.

-Ken Cavers

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Earth Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen

Hi all,

Here is my latest commission off the bench - using this very cool 'Ocean Lava' alumilite from Bear Tooth Woods.  But of course, like before, I'm going with 'Earth' resin, since the blues and greens remind me so much of the globe - water and green land...

This pen is done in my Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen style, a personal favourite for practicality.  The black trim was added to highlight the Earth resin.

The pen is fitted with a fine steel JoWo nib and is a cartridge/converter fill.

Thanks for looking,


Friday, 30 September 2016

Twin 'Compact' Style FPs in Abalone Explosion Alumilite

Here is the result of a rather special order, placed by a couple of pen fans who both happen to be expecting.  I celebration of the new addition to their respective families, they ordered matching fountain pens.

The material chosen was 'Abalone Explosion' - an alumilite which I purchased from Bear Tooth Woods, and which is a truly lovely mix of purples and blues.

The style chosen was my 'Compact' style - a minimalist version of my Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen.  This style is (as the name suggests), rather compact at 130mm capped, while still able to accommodate a full size converter.  It posts to a very comfortable 145mm or so, but is still quite comfortable to use unposted, at about 125mm.

One of the pens is equipped, by request, with a fine steel JoWo nib, while the other is packing a 1.1mm stub nib.

I really have enjoyed working with this style of pen - shows off the material nicely, without the distraction of a clip, and is a somewhat more user-friendly size and shape than a standard Cigar.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Grey Cebloplast 'C600' - and a group shot!

And, here is the third of a set of three fountain pens made using cool vintage cebloplast tubes.  The first one was finished in April, and this one is fresh off the bench last night.  Took a while (been a crazy summer)!

I decided to keep the naming theme that I used for the others, and called this one a 'C600'.

This pen is equipped with a JoWo medium steel nib, and has a cartridge/converter filling system.

Finally, the group shot of all four cebloplast pens (three for the order, one just for fun):

Thanks for looking!


Blue-Grey Cebloplast 'C400'

More cebloplast!

When I received an order for three cebloplast pens, and was sent the material (vintage cebloplast tubes), I liked it so much that I bought a whole pile more!  Here is one of the colours that I ordered a number of months back, and have been wanting to try.  It is not part of a pen order, and I rather like it - so now I have to decide whether I can bear to sell it!

This cebloplast is a cool mix of grey and blue, which is framed by the black cap and black barrel trip.  For a more comfortable feel, I have avoided 'step' in the barrel diameter (which I usually incorporate in order to allow a firm stop when screwing the cap on).  Instead, I have stepped the inside diameter of the cap, which allows the same firm stop.

The pen is fitted with a Bock medium steel nib, and is a has a cartridge/converter fill system.

Thanks for looking!


Red Cebloplast 'C600' Fountain Pen

Wow - it has been quite a while since my last post!  My summer has been absolutely packed - lots of travel, a load of extra work, some home renovations, and best of all, the birth of my first granddaughter!   It's all good, as they say - but unfortunately, have had very little time left over to work in the shop.  We'll see what the months ahead bring....

In the meantime, here is the second installment of a set of fountain pens that I was asked to make using some very cool vintage cebloplast tubes.  The first one, which appeared a few post ago, came out (unintentionally) with a look and size reminiscent of my good old trusty Pelikan M400, so I decided to call it the 'C400' in homage to one of my favourite pen brands.    Following the same line, I am calling this one, which I finished a few weeks ago, the 'C600' :-)

This particular vintage material is rather interesting, as it was clearly made by wrapping a strip of cebloplast around a core (if you look carefully, you can see the seam - though it can't be felt).  It has the usual wonderful depth that cebloplast seems to have.

The cap is made of black acrylic, and the barrel end is trimmed in black to frame the ceblo.   I decided to give the cap finial a bit of an interesting shape for fun.

The pen is fitted with a broad two-tone steel JoWo nib, which has been smoothed for a great writing experience.  It has a cartridge/converter filling system.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 25 June 2016

'Stormy Seas' Large Size Cigar Fountain Pen

Hi folks,

Here is another pen made from one of Jonathon Brooks' cool alumilites.  One of the fun things about the alumilite blanks is that you often just can't tell by looking at the blank itself what it is going to look like once it is turned on the lathe.  That is actually one of the things I find most fun about these materials - a bit of discovery and surprise as I make each new pen.  I can't recall offhand what Jonathon called this one, so I am going with 'Stormy Seas'.

In this case, it turned out lighter than I was expecting, and lighter than the prospective new owner preferred, so as it happens this pen is also posted on my 'For Sale' page.

The pen is a Cigar style pen in my larger sizing (thicker grip diameter and overall diameter).  The dimensions are: 150mm capped, 137mm uncapped, diameter max 16mm, grip diameter max 12.7mm (the grip size is comparable to a Pelikan M1000, and just a bit smaller than a Montblanc 149).

It is fitted with a medium polished steel JoWo nib for the photos.  The fill system is cartridge/converter as per my usual.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 23 June 2016

'Land and Sea' Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen with Cap Band and Inlays

Hi everyone,

Been meaning to post this one since I gave it to my wife.  This was a birthday gift to her, and a replacement for another pen that had sadly vanished.

I can't recall the nem of this Lava alumilite, but 'Land and Sea' came to mind.

This is one of my 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pens' - the ones that are a decent size for daily carry, and post well for convenience.  This one features a brass cap band, as well as inlays on each end made using another similar alumilite.  It is fitted with an 18K JoWo fine nib.

Happy wife.



Saturday, 21 May 2016

'Purple Haze' Cigar Style Fountain Pen

Hey folks,

Just a quick post for this recent Cigar style FP I did.  This is another one of my Cigar style pens, a popular, classic style.

This one is done in one of Jonathon Brooks' lovely blanks, one I have used before, which he calls 'Ghost Koi' - though in the case of this particular blank, and at the risk of showing my age, I thought more 'Purple Haze'.  :-))

The nib on this one a JoWo broad steel nib, and the pen is as usual, a cartridge/converter filler.

Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Green Ghost Koi Cigar Style Fountain Pen

Well, here it is.  When I first turned the purple Ghost Koi blank into a pen a while back, I was quite surprised at how nicely it came out, as the blank looked pretty dull on the outside.  Well, it came out nicely enough that I ordered more, and some of the same with blue swirls, and with green swirls.  I posted pics of the blue and white one a short while ago.

So I was thinking to myself, 'I wonder how the green one looks when turned?'  (I like green).  So, off to the garage, and over a couple of evenings,  came up with this Cigar style fountain pen in the green Ghost Koi.

Came out very nicely - the green is actually a very slightly bluish green, translucent and shimmering - a great contrast against the opaque white.

The pen is fitted with a medium two-tone steel JoWo nib, and is a cart/converter filler.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Ebony and Paua Shell FP in a Rustic Styling

A few times now I have been attracted to a certain Japanese pen company's website, admiring the nice work they do on their pens, particularly their beautiful work in ebony and in rosewood.  So I recently had a look at their prices ($1500 - 2500), and very quickly decided that buying one of their pens would never be in my future.  So I decided that I would just make one myself.

Of course while this pen is inspired (especially in shape) by the ones I noted above, I have also taken it in my own direction, wanting to make a pen (for me) that really spoke to me.

I have a nice collection of pieces of various exotic woods, and after sifting through them decided on ebony.  Incredibly messy to work with (sticky black dust everywhere), but the end results are usually very much worth it.

One of the problems that I have had with wood pens before is their tendency for the nib to dry out over a few days.  This has been the case whether I leave the cap unsealed inside, sealed with CA, sealed with polymerizing oil, with epoxy, etc.  One solution I came up with was to add a small plastic inner cap that covers the nib.  This worked fairly well, but was still not entirely satisfactory.  This time, what I did was to create an acrylic liner that filed the entire cap, continuous with the thread (I could have done this in ebonite too, but that seemed like a bit of a waste of expensive ebonite).  This has worked beautifully, and there are absolutely no dry-out issues in this pen.  Finally, the cap is flared at the top to allow a nice big paua shell inlay.

Another new technique I wanted to try on this pen was to add a cap band, something that I have not really gotten in the habit of doing.  But in this case, I wanted a bit of gold colour to contrast against the ebonite, and to complement the 18K nib.  An interesting process that involved a bit of figuring, some serious frustration, a few unsavoury words, but ultimately a happy success.

Another break form my usual styling was to change the active thread location on the end of the barrel to allow for a larger 'thread-free' grip zone, making the pen more comfortable to hold.  The barrel itself is shaped to allow a nice perch for posting the cap, which fits on the barrel quite securely and with great balance.   To finish off the look of the pen, I added another paua shell inlay to the end of the barrel.

The pen is fitted with a medium JoWo 18K nib, which writes like a dream.

Yep, this pen fanatic is smiling today.

Thanks for looking!