WELCOME!

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.

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

* HOW LONG WILL MY ORDER TAKE?:

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








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!

Ken

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!

Ken

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!

Ken

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

Slender Green Striated Ebonite Bamboo Style Fountain Pen


Here is one that represents something a little new for me.  I have made many, many of my 'Bamboo' style fountain pens, as they have prevent to be quite popular (to my delight).  However, like all diameter-matched styles of pen (another example being the Cigar style), the barrel ends up being rather thick, especially with the dimensional requirements of the #6 nib and its housing.  So, I had a request for a 'Bamboo' style pen, only slimmer for smaller hands, and she noted that a #5 nib would be fine.  Using a #5 nib allows my to take down the dimensions a bit, making for a significantly slimmer pen.



One rather nice feature of this slimmer model is that the cap to barrel threading is 'triple-start', which makes for fast and easy capping and uncapping.

The diameter of the barrel on this pen is 13.7mm, rather than the usual 15.5mm.  The length is preserved, at about 155mm capped, and 133mm uncapped.

The material that I used for this pen is a striated green ebonite, which seemed fairly suited to the Bamboo style pen.

The nib is JoWo, as is my usual brand, and is a #5 two-tone steel fine nib.  To add a bit of spice to it, I have done a custom grind on the nib to a nice, surprisingly smooth cursive italic.  The fill system is c/c.

Here is a side by side comparison of the slender Bamboo with one of my first regular sized Bamboo pens

Thanks for looking!

Ken

Monday, 30 June 2014

Ruby Fire Cigar


Every once in a while, I try turning a new blank just to see how it looks turned.  And, every once in a while, I am just stunned by the beauty of the material discover as I turn and polish it.  This is definitely one of those cases.  Here is a pen that I created from one of a collection of alumilite blanks that I purchased from the person who made them - Jonathan Brooks, a fellow pen maker (and a very accomplished one at that).


I decided to make a Cigar style pen out of this blank, as the Cigar style is one of the ones that best shows off a beautiful material.  The bland initially just looked red with a hint or iridescence, but as I tool the diameter down, I could see some beautiful shapes in the resin's colouring begin to emerge.  As I took the pen through the 11-step polishing process, the shapes resolved into breathtaking ruby coloured flames.  Yes, this resin is a keeper!



The pen itself is currently fitted with a polished steel silver coloured JoWo Fine nib.  But while I prefer the silver coloured nib on this pen, I suspect that the gold - coloured nib would look good too.  The pen is c/c fill.


Thanks for looking!

Ken

Sunday, 29 June 2014

'Curvy' Style Fountain Pen in Yellow and Black Swirl Acrylic

Just finished this one a couple of days ago, and even though I just recently posted about another yellow pen, I thought I would add this one to show off some curves :-)


This cheerful colour has turned out to be quite popular - one of my own favourites, in fact.  So bright and sunny, and also nicely opaque (which I personally prefer).



This pen was ordered in my 'Curvy' style.  A good size pen, at 150mm long capped, and 140mm uncapped, it has a barrel that is 15mm thick at its widest.  Combined with the curves in the barrel, it tends to be a very comfortable pen to hold for long writes.

This one is fitted with JoWo's #6 steel 1.1mm stub nib, which is a lot of fun to write with, adding a bit of flare to the handwriting.  The fill system is cartridge/converter.


Thanks for looking!

Ken

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

'Orange Swirl' Classic Fountain Pen


Here is another one of my 'Classic' style fountain pens (well, modified a bit to be a little slimmer - as per the request of the one who ordered it).

The material that I have used here has been given a few different names by the various pen makers who have used it, but I think that I will simply call it 'Orange Swirl'.  Whatever one calls it, it is a truly lovely, sunny material, and is sure put a smile on the face of the owner.



This particular pen is equipped with a steel JoWo 1.1mm stub nib, nicely smoothed for some beautiful writing.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Black and Yellow SPFP


Here's one that I just finished for a colleague.  He didn't want to specify what style of pen, just that it be yellow.  I figured the most useful pen for him would be the same as the most useful pen for me - the 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen' - easily shirt-pocket sized (with a clip), and conveniently and securely postable.  It happened I had some of this nice yellow and black acrylic, so off I go.




Oh ya - nib is steel JoWo, and fill system is cart/converter.

Thanks for looking!

Ken

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Purpleheart and Jade!

Seems like every time I want to post, I feel like writing, "a long time back, I got ago order for…".  Sadly, almost all the pens I am making now are orders placed over a year ago.  Ah well…

I any case, I got this order way back for a Bamboo style pen - but interestingly, one made of purpleheart wood.  Further, the request was added to finish the ends with green inlays, rather than just plain recessed ends like most of my Bamboo style pens.  I have to admit that I wasn't sure how this was going to look.  Still, that's what custom ordering is all about - doing the unusual.  And in this case, I think the fellow who ordered had it figured out - the green end-jewels worked perfectly with the purpleheart wood.



One of the coolest things about working with purpleheart is that when you first cut it or turn it, it is pretty much just a plain light brown wood, with maybe the most subtle of purplish hues to it.  But as it sits, it reacts with the air to turn to a rich, dark purple.  I read that it eventually turns to a dark brown with exposure to UV light, but I suspect that takes a while (I have a purple heart bowl that I made several years ago that is still purple).


The threading in this pen is made using black acrylic inserts which I turned and fitted into the cap and barrel pieces, and then drilled out/turned and threaded.   The cap and barrel are turned from one continuous piece of purpleheart, and when I finished the pen, I carefully refinished the edge of the cap until the grain lined up when closed.  The finish is a hard, glossy coat of cyanoacrylate.


The end-jewels are made from Arizona Jade Tru-Stone, a material made from ground stone in a resin matrix.

Finally, the pen is fitted with a nice, wet broad nib to suit it well for its intended purpose as a signature pen.

Thanks for looking!

Ken

Sunday, 27 April 2014

Blue Mosaic (and black trim) Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen

I've been waiting for a chance to use this awesome blue material!  Finally, had the chance a few days ago to put it to use.


Here is one of my 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pens' (shirt pocket sized, deeply and securely posting), done up in the cool blue mosaic, with black finial and barrel trim.  It features a roller clip, and a smooth medium steel JoWo nib (smoothed and adjusted for a nice wet flow).  The filling system is cartridge/converter.

 The dimensions are 140mm capped, 128mm uncapped, and 145mm posted. 



You can find this pen on my 'Available for Purchase' page as well.

Thanks for looking!

Ken