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

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Classic Clipless Fountain Pen in 'Cappuccino Humbug' Acrylic

Here's one that I finished last night.  Finally someone chose this cool acrylic for their custom pen!  I have been itching to use this stuff since I got it, but I guess I needed an excuse.

So anyway, the order was for one of my 'Classic' style pens, clipless, in this material, with a two tone fine nib.  No problem.

Interestingly, as I turned this material, which is pretty obviously a resin composed of chips of another layered acrylic, I came across one solitary black chip, mixed in amongst the others.  I thought that was pretty cool, so I hope the buyer does too :-))

When I bought this stuff, it was called 'cappuccino', but since everyone renames these acrylics when they sell them, and since my wife thought they looked like the candies known as 'humbugs', I thought the name was appropriate.

So there we go.  I hope the new owner likes it, because that's what it's all about!

Thanks for looking,



  1. I'm not sure how I feel about this acrylic, but to each his own.

    However, I did want to share with you something I just read on fpgeeks.com: "...using a fountain pen should feel like riding a unicorn through a field of cupcakes during a rainstorm of scotch while eating bacon."

    Or if using this pen, "...during a rainstorm of cappuccino while eating humbugs."

    1. LOL - great quote!

      But yes, taste is individual, no question. I've had many asking for another 'Pen of Many Colours', like your. Others, concerning that pen have asked, "what is wrong with you?!"

    2. "What is wrong with you?!" - Funny!

  2. When you say you make pens, how much of the pen do you actually fabricate? The section, feed and nib? as well as the barrel and cap?

    1. I buy the nibs as nib units with feed and threaded nib holder (JoWo of Germany) and the clips, as well as the converter. I also buy a variety of materials (acrylic, ebonite, alumilite, polyresin, exotic woods) to make the pen out of. What I do is to turn and thread the nib/grip section, the barrel, and the cap (and cap finial) to house the nib unit and converter. The nib unit screws into the nib/grip section that I make, so can easily be swapped out for another nib if so desired.