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

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Modified Bamboo Style Fountain Pen In Rainforest Acrylic - With Grain Matched Cap to Barrel

Hello all,

I received this lovely acrylic from a repeat customer who wanted just the right looking material for her Bamboo pen.    A perfect choice, I have to say!  The mix of browns and greens give it a wonderfully forest-like look, while the linear streaks of colour add a definite organic wood-like feel to it.   I was very happy to have opportunity to work on this one!

The buyer also wanted to modify my usual Bamboo style to give it a more symmetric, balanced look.  And while this in not particularly likely to be found in real Bamboo, this is after all a very whimsical take on the real thing, so why not?  The addition of a second node to the barrel added some very definite challenges to chucking the piece to work on the end inset, but on the other hand, what's the fun of hobby work without challenges?

The biggest challenge was finding a way to make the cap and barrel grain match up so that it would look as though (because it actually is) it is cut from a single long piece of material.   The problem lies in the fact that the barrel must extend beyond the point where it meets the cap, in order to screw into the cap.  This necessitated turning a separate piece of this material and insetting it into the barrel from which I could fashion the threaded part that screws into the barrel.   Ya…a bit finicky.  The readers digest version is that it was more complicated than the usual.  But, it seems to have worked out very well, as the grain match shows quite nicely that this the body of the pen was made from a single piece of source material.

To finish the whole set off nicely, I made a matching pen rest out of the same Rainforest acrylic, and inset the ends like the pen itself.

The nib is a two-tone JoWo broad nib, and the fill system is cartridge/converter.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 28 May 2015

'Cosmos' Cigar Style FP

Here's my latest pen to finish up - just done last week before I went away on a bit of a holiday, so now time to put up some pics.

This material is a very cool alumilite that I picked from Bear Tooth Woods, where it goes by 'Abalone Explosion'.  The person who ordered it noted that it reminded him of a 'cosmos style swirl', which I thought was very fitting, so I'm calling it that - 'Cosmos'.

The style is my usual Cigar, and the nib is a broad steel JoWo nib, smoothed to make the writing a joy.

Thanks for taking the time to look.



Sunday, 17 May 2015

Blue Cowrie Cigar Fountain Pen with Black Trim

This is only the second time that I have ever used this Blue Cowrie acrylic - and I have to say, I love it.  Very appealing mix of blues with bits of pearl thrown in.  Very cool.

The order I received was for a flat-ended Cigar style, with a simple 'framing' black trim on the ends.

The nib is a fine feel JoWo nib, custom ground to a 0.4mm stub/cursive italic - smoother than a standard CI, but more line variation than a standard plain stub.  The fill system is cartridge/converter, though with a bit of silicone grease, it could certainly be used as an eyedropper.

Thanks for looking!


Friday, 8 May 2015

Water, Water Everywhere

Here is another of the Cool Mint Water Cigar style fountain pens.    Having fun working on these transparent acrylics.  Takes well over twice as long to do a pen in this material, but pretty eye-catching result :-)

This one is fitted in the picture with a fine nib, but I will be doing a custom grind to EF or possibly EEF.

Going to have to find some other colours to work on…


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Understated Elegance: Clipless Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen in Cumberland and Black Ebonite

Here, the one who ordered this pen was looking for something elegant and portable, yet understated with subtle contrasting detail.   Cumberland ebonite was chosen as the most appropriate material to use, and after much discussion, we settled on the 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen' style, but without the clip.  I believe we have achieved what we set out to accomplish!

The grip section is in black ebonite, and both the cap and barrel are trimmed with black ebonite to frame the cumberland, and to give it just a bit more of a 'sober' quality.

The nib is a two-tone steel JoWo fine nib, and the fill system is cartridge/converter.

Have I mentioned how much ebonite stinks as you turn it?  I'm pretty sure I have, because wow.  Still, the smell wears off after a few months, and leaves you with the rich, warm feel of this very traditional material.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, 3 May 2015

'Simplicity' Style FP in Golden Smoke and Black Trim - With Duofold Centennial Nib and Grip!

Here's a first for me.  I had a request to make a new pen for an orphaned Duofold Centennial nib and grip section.  Wasn't sure what the thread specs on the grip section were, so asked around and got various responses.  So, easiest was just to lay hands on the thing and spec it out.  Turns out it takes a bizarre M9.5 x 0.75 thread.  Well, not going to come across that every day, but fits well enough into a barrel threaded with an M10 x 0.75 tap.  Good to go!  I was given artistic licence in coming up with a new body for this pen, and no constraint to make it 'Duofoldy', so away we go.

I had a few alumilites that I thought would look good with this grip with its golden trim rings, but my wife wisely picked out the Golden Smoke as the best option.  I decided to tie it to the grip section with some black trim on the ends, and put it all in the form of one of my 'Simplicity of Heart' (or just, 'Simplicity') style pens.

Hmmm….  may need to make a roll stop for this one, though…  If I do, I will update this post.

Thanks for looking,


Friday, 1 May 2015

'Nemo' Inlaid Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen

The order this time was for a glossy black barrel, a colourful cap, and matching inlays to tie it all together - all in the form of one of my Shirt Pocket Fountain Pens.

So, looking through my short pieces, I came across this piece of red, white and black pearly swirl acrylic, which I have used before - a kind of red version of 'Finding Nemo' (if you get the reference).

Here, the pen is fitted with a medium polished steel JoWo nib, and uses a cartridge/converter fill system.  The converter installed is a good quality Schmidt K5 converter.

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

'Colour Eruption' Compact Style Fountain Pen

Well, this pen is the 'start-over' that I had to do after forgetting to make that last one clipless.  Didn't have any more of the 'Lava Flow' alumilite, but I had this.  This pen is actually for a co-worker, who wasn't specific about the material.   He did want something colourful, and I think this fits the bill perhaps better than the Lava flow.  The name I am using for this resin might be a bit of a stretch, but it is what came to mind.

So this is another of my 'Compact' style pens, which is the name that am giving what is essentially a clipless 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen'.  Compact enough for larger pockets, and posts securely for convenience while writing.

It is fitted with a two-tone fine JoWo nib, and a converter for ink filling.

Thanks for looking!


'Lava Flow' Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen

Here is another one of my 'Shirt Pocket Fountain Pens', made to be compact enough to fit nicely in the shirt pocket, and posts securely for convenience while writing - a great 'daily carry' model.

This one is made using another of Jonathon Brooks' creative alumilite mixes, with swirls of white and pearly red and grey, giving the pen a beautiful eye-catching depth.

The only problem here is that as I was finishing up this pen, I suddenly remembered that the person who ordered it had wanted a clipless pen.  D'oh!  Off to the 'for sale' page...

The pen is fitted with a medium steel JoWo nib, with a chrome ball-end clip to match.  The fill system is cartridge/converter.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Colour Splash Cigar Style Fountain Pen

This was kind of an impromptu project.  I picked up one of these Jonathon Brooks blanks that I had in stock, and decided I wanted to know what it looked liked turned.  So, I went into the shop and started working on a cool Cigar style pen.  I love this!  Each of these blanks is like a bit of discovery - you can't tell at all what it will look like from the outside of the blank, but as the layers come off on the lathe, the final colours start to show.

In any case, this is a very bright and cheerful, 'upbeat' kind of pen, perfect for those who like colour.  Lots of colour.  Garish, wild, out-of-control colour.  For those who don't, it may give you a migraine.

                                          Another profile view to show the different colours

The nib is a broad, two-tone JoWo nib that has been tested and smoothed, and is a true pleasure to write with.   The pen is a cart/converter filler, but the nib unit threading has a bit of silicone grease on it, and the grip section threading made to be tight in order to allow the new owner to use this as an eyedropper filler, if so desired.

Now, to pack it up and ship it off the the one who claimed it!

Thanks for looking,