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

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Curvy Style Fountain Pen in Copper Lightning

Here is one of my 'Curvy' style fountain pens, a comfortable, more whimsical looking style ideal for purse/briefcase or desk.  By special order, I made this one out of a Rhino Plastic named 'Copper Lightning'.  This is the first time not only that I have used Copper Lightning, but that I have used Rhino Plastic at all.  I was not sure what sort of plastic/resin this material was, as Rhino Plastic is obviously a trade name.  But, I figured it must be pretty tough stuff with a name like that.  Wrong!  As soon as I started turning it, I realized by smell and feel that this material is actually Poly Resin, which is incredibly brittle.  In fact, as careful as I was, I made the threaded tenon on the end of the barrel four times - The first three times, regardless how careful I was, the threaded end of the barrel kept shattering while threading.   But, the fourth time was the charm, and it worked well, with enough blank left to make the barrel as long as I planned in the first place.  Yep, there is a good reason that I stopped using Poly Resin to make pens…   Now - here's hoping it never gets dropped…

On the very positive side, Poly Resin can make some absolutely beautiful material, and takes an incredible glossy shine when polished.  This Copper Lightning is certainly no slacker in this respect - gorgeous stuff indeed.

When the pen's buyer found out about how brittle it is, she wisely requested a pen rest to help keep this beauty from rolling off a table or desk and shattering.  So, I made this three-groove pen rest to keep this pen as secure as possible.

The pen is fitted with a broad two-tone JoWo steel nib, which I have custom ground to a cursive italic/stub as requested.

OK.  Enough computer screen time.  Time to get back into the workshop.  Or, more likely, to start working on the 'other' to do list….

Thanks for looking,


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