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

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Matte Black Ebonite 'Bamboo' Style Fountain Pen

Yes, another Bamboo.  This style seems to be a very popular one!  This pen was ordered by a pen lover in Singapore, who requested that it be made in black ebonite, with a matte finish.

Doing the matte finish was actually a lot of fun, and I am pretty happy with how it came out.  Kind of a cool, 'stealth' look to it.  I may have to try doing some more classic style fountain pens in this material and finish..

This pen is fitted with a two-tone medium JoWo (German) steel nib, which has as usual been write-tested, adjusted and smoothed.

Hope its new owner likes it as much as I do!

Anyhow, thanks for having a look.



  1. Ken =
    That clean organic style of your bamboo pens makes them so popular! This one is killer, I love the matte finish. Must have been a bit of a challenge to get a nice even scratch pattern on black! Great looking pen.

  2. Thanks very much, Dave. Ya, it was an interesting bit of fun!

  3. Ken!
    I gotta have on of these.
    What's the cost of one just like this... black matte ebonite?
    And how long would it take?


    Tom, NYC

  4. Would be happy to make you one.

    I have sent an email to you via Gmail. Let me know if you do not receive it.


    1. Hi, do you still sell this one? My email is afrog33@hotmail.com thks!

  5. Beautiful craftsmanship! Great esthetic sense. Do you sell these?

    1. Thanks very much. Yes, I certainly do sell them - have a look at my pricing and contact page, at http://kcavers2.blogspot.ca/