I had got some Parker Sonnet nibs that I got a long time ago and had installed one in a pen I sold a bit ago. At the Toronto pen meeting someone tried it out and really liked it a lot so they contacted me about buying one and to make a pen around the nib.
Always up for a challenge we set about designing a pen around the nib.
We decided on Delron with a matte finish to match the shape and style of the body.
With some rough measurements as a guide off I went.
I have wanted a Duofold style every day carry pen because I am afraid to carry my vintage one with me, so this is what I came up with.
I used a vintage Parker clip and installed a modern Schmidt nib in it. 13mm triple start cap threads. It is 15mm in the middle with a taper to the 13mm at the blind cap and the threads. Cap is just shy of 15mm.
So I was very pleased at how well it all turned out. I just wish the original Duofold had a screw in section so I could have just used and swapped it over it but it is what it is.
A customer had this pen the other day and thought that it would look good as a ballpoint pen that would take Parker refills.
He asked me if it could be done and I said if you are up to it why not.
I was worried that the nose cone would be too large of a diameter for the end as the threads are right at the end but it was like it was made to be, it fit perfect.
I then had to drill out the inside diameter on the bulb end to let the refill slide down into the nose cone where there is a spring. Next I had to epoxy a spacer into the blind cap to keep pressure on the refill.