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

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!


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!


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!