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

Friday, 16 November 2012

Pink and Blue, and Curvy!

Here is the latest pen to come off my bench, a clipless fountain pen done up in an eye-catching iridescent pink and blue swirl acrylic, with subtle curves to the cap and barrel.  All in all,  decidedly feminine.

This pen was the result of a 'special order', which came in the form of a few subtle hints.  Took a while for the hints to register, but eventually, I clued in - and made this pen for my dear wife.

The pen is fitted with a fine nib, which can easily be swapped out for any other nib.  Like most of my pens, it is a cartridge/converter filler.

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, 15 November 2012

Matte Black 'Bamboo' Style FP With Matching Pen Rest

Well, I finally got back into the shop the last couple of days, after a long stretch of duty time at work.  Managed to finish the next order on my list, which is this matte black 'Bamboo' style fountain pen in black ebonite.

The request was triggered by the last matte black bamboo fountain pen that I made, but with one difference:  the buyer wanted a matching pen rest.  Initially I was going to simply make a cylindrical styled pen rest, with plain flat ends, and a matte finish to match the pen, but then I thought I would try to match the ends on this pen rest to the inset 'bamboo' ends of the pen.  Tricky work, as the piece is quite small, but seems to have come out not bad.

In any case, I hope the gentleman who ordered this pen and rest is happy with them.

Comments welcome.