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

Monday, 14 December 2015

Colour Splash - Warning: Not for the faint of heart!

Every once in a while I get a request for a wildly colourful pen that grabs attention.  I used to make a number of what I called 'Pen of Many Colours'.  Unfortunately, having many adhesive joints can render a pen a little more susceptible to breakage - especially when dropped.  So, I don't make a lot of those any more, but instead have started using one of Jonathon Brooks' materials that he calls 'Primary Manipulation' - an alumilite that is wildly, garishly colourful, and one that is definitely not for all tastes. This is the pen for one who wants to catch peoples' eyes and start conversations.  Conversations like "Wow - that pen is crazy - where in the world did you get it?", or "Cool pen - never seen anything like that before", or quite probably, "Aaaaargh!  What IS that thing?! My eyes - they're burning!!"

This pen is another Shirt Pocket Fountain Pen modification - slightly longer, and made not to post.  So, really, it's maybe more like my Classic style, but with simple convex ends.

In any case, I hope it suits the new owner.  Now, to write test and smooth the 1.1mm steel stub, and get it packed up to ship to Ireland.




  1. Ooo...I love that Primary Manipulation material!

  2. I love my Pen of Many Colours (although this one is neat too). I am just gentle with it, and it serves me well. I try to make my writing worthy of it! Happy Christmas, Ken and to your family!

  3. Thanks! A Great Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours as well, Terry!

  4. The pen is every bit as gorgeous in real life as it in the pictures. Thanks a million, Ken - I absolutely love it!

    1. It was absolutely my pleasure, Terry - glad you like it!