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

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Cavers Pens Makes Full Page Spread in the Medical Post

Pen making is a great hobby - an enjoyable way to put aside the stresses of my regular medical work, and do something fun, interesting (to me) and even a little artistic.  Having wandered into the business of selling pens to support my pen making hobby/addiction, I have constant contact with other 'fountain pen people' - those who like me, have developed an interest (sometimes bordering on odd obsession) with all things fountain pen.  It is rare, however, for my pen world to meet my medical world, apart from the pens that I have made for colleagues in my home hospital.

But a few months ago, I was contacted by a fellow fountain pen aficionado who also happened to be a journalist and the clinical editor with the The Medical Post (a popular medical newspaper commonly found in doc's offices and hospital medical lounges).   On looking over my website, and discovering that I am in my 'day job', a doctor, Terry asked if she could interview me for one the Post's 'other side of doc's lives' type articles.  Sounded like fun, so I was in.

I was quite pleasantly surprised that this interview and article was given a full page spread, and was even happier to see the layout and read the writeup.  So, I thought I would share the article for those interested.

Here is a copy of the article from The Medical Post, written by Terry Murray.  To fit the page, well...on the blog page, I had to reduce the size a bit.  I hope you can enlarge it enough to read:

Thanks for looking!  And, thanks to Terry Murray for an enjoyable experience!



  1. Ken, the interview was fun for me. I even enjoyed writing this piece - and most people who write for a living like *having written* but not the actual writing so much. And I am still loving the Pen of Many Colours, which our art director insisted be included with the article!

  2. This is awesome!! Great story.

  3. It was a great experience, which I quite enjoyed. It was a pleasant surprise to see the very pen that I made for Terry show up in the article itself!

  4. Congratulations! What a great article! Really enjoyed reading it.