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, 27 February 2013

A Pen for VanGogh

I just finished this pen last night, a custom order for one of my Classic style pens, but with this lovely 'Charger Lava' resin from Bear Tooth Woods.  I have not used this stuff before, so I was game to give it a whirl.

It was labelled as 'acrylic', but is very, very different from the usual acrylic acetate that I use for pen making.  It was much more chippy and brittle (though not nearly so as some other resins, like polyresin or worse, inlace acrylester), and was a bit tricky to thread, but on the other hand, WOW!  The colours and depth on this stuff is fantastic!  Despite the challenges of using it, I think I will be ordering more of this.  With it's brilliant swirls of gold on the dark blue background, this particular pen immediately reminded at least a couple of people I showed it to of one of VanGogh's paintings, 'Starry Night'.

Finishing this pen is a ball-end gold finish clip, as well as a two-tone JoWo steel nib, and a converter.  The finial screws into the cap to hold the clip in place.

I hope the one who ordered it likes it as much as I do!




  1. Wow. I know I said this on Instagram, and on Twitter, but WOW. This is spectacular. I... I think I need to get on your waiting list, just in case, because by the time you get to me, I'll have a 10-pen list for you!

    As always, beautiful work, great photography. Thank for sharing (and tempting us!)!

  2. Wow! That is stunning! I am not sure I'd get anything written, I'd just sit and stare at it all day.

    1. Thanks! Pretty eye-catching stuff, I agree. Might just have to get more of it.