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 1 March 2013

New Design - the 'Shirt Pocket' Fountain Pen

I am always on the lookout for cool fountain pens that fit well in my shirt pocket.  Yes, I am that much of a geek, and proud of it.  In any case, they are hard to find - at least, in the higher end fountain pens.  Most charge a higher price simply for being larger pens.  But in the real world, those of us who carry our pens in the shirt pocket want nothing more than a decent, quality pen small enough to fit the shirt pocket, but large enough to use comfortably.

Enter the 'Shirt Pocket' style fountain pen.  I made this one to be short enough capped to fit in my pocket easily, yet when posted (even unposted), it is the perfect size for long writing sessions.

This particular pen was made out of some really cool striated green ebonite that I have been dying to use, and so is made with flat ends to show off the ebonite cross-sectional patterns, but of course it could as easily be made with rounded, 'torpedo' ends.

In any case, this was the first 'just because I wanted to' fountain pen that I have made in a while.  Loved the experience!

Comments welcome.



  1. Oh! It's quite cute! It looks adorable posted! What does it measure when posted?

    1. Thanks, Azizah!

      This pen is really, really growing on me. Am taking it for a spin at work today, and it is perfect. I don't have a measure here, but it is about 130mm capped, and only a couple mm more posted. It is SO comfortable in the hand, capped or posted. I could write for hours with this.

  2. Only one comment, when can I buy one :-) Never been a fan of green, but love this pattern and retro-modern look. Mary retweeted your pic on Twitter and immediately liked the "look".

    Brad (@bftsystems)

    1. Thanks very much, Brad!

      Please send me a quick email at kencavers at gmail dot com and I'll give you a bit of a rundown there.



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    1. Thanks, Terry. I have been dying to use this stuff for some time now.

      I am looking forward to making a few more of this style in various other materials and colours...

  4. charming little pen. the ebonite is lovely too!