Monday, October 31, 2011

Old is new again

I got this nib and section at a local market near my work.  The body was toast so at the time I thought I could get enough parts to put a pen back together.  Well that was not to be so while I was going through my stock drawers of both material as well as pen sections I found the section again.  The green body was a sample from a company I think In Germany and the green top was from one of my dad's old screwdrivers that I had borrowed years ago.

  • Length capped 136 mm
  • Cap thickness12.75 mm
  • Body thickness 11 mm
  • Nib tip to end 121 mm
  • Cap length 60 mm

This pen is quite thin compared to my other pens as the section on this one was only 8mm so I was able to make myself a much thinner pen.
The nib is a wrap around Sheaffer which I love and the section still had a working sac on it so right now it is a squeeze filler, meaning you squeeze the sack till full.

Screw drives are something that I keep an eye out for at garage and estate sales because I love reusing old stuff to make something new and beautiful.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just in time for Halloween "Frankie"

I had this set of cutlery a while ago and they've been sitting there on my bench for a bit, so having some time this am before work I came up with this little beauty.

This is a true Franken pen. The body is from a retro 70's cutlery set, the cap is from my stash of Hero 616 caps and the section was from a old broken Sheaffer desk pen.  I set this up as an eyedropper and it is filled with a Sheaffer Green ink I had in stock.



Sunday, October 16, 2011

My Sunday

I spent the morning working on a bench for my wife's studio

Then I was able to get out into my studio and make up this pen.

I had some material from Sheaffer that was a bit to thin to make up one of my regular sized pens so I came up with this smaller sized pen. It has a custom ground nib on it from a friend of mine Sean
 I had a spare Hero Doctor cap that I thought would look good on this material so here she is.

I also installed a threaded converter into the section as well.  Both the nib and the converter is sealed into the section so there will be no leaks at all.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Bulb Filler continued

All set to be put together and machined down to finished size

Now for the final turning

All done

A really neat looking pen after it was all done.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Starting a bulb filler

I was finally able to get some time on my lathe Monday afternoon and get this one started.
This material is clear with flecks of red through it so I thought it would make a neat demonstrator type pen.

So right now I have my section with the breather tube installed.

My test bulb is installed and all set for testing the filling of the pen.

Threaded to take my section.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

ED to Converter

I love my Indian ED but I also like to use a cart or a converter when I am at work.

This one has a really nice shape to it and a really rugged pen that I love having at work with me so I thought I would convert it over.

After looking at the section I thought I might as well just make up a new one as I was not sure I could drill and thread the old section.

I had some left over ebonite form a pen a bit ago so I made up a new section with a Schmidt nib in it.
It will take the long Waterman cartridge or a converter.

So now no matter how rough I am on this pen it never throws up on me.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Using Up A Busted Parker 51 Desk Pen

I have several Parker 51 desk pen bodies that had the end broken off of them and I needed a felt tipped pen.  So after a bit of looking around I found a refill that I liked and made myself a pen to match my Parker 51 fountain pen.  I had a spare 51 cap so that is what I used on this one.

Making a cap for an old pen

I find a few pens that have no cap with them and they end up in a drawer "waiting for a cap"
This little Sheaffer I got a while ago and still no luck on a cap so I got my wife to choose a color the would be ok and this is what I ended up with.

Not a match but at least I am able to use it now while I am waiting for a cap.

Just noticed in picture 3 that there is green in the cap. (that's why I get her to choose)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My new Piston Filler

Working on a piston filler

Stained Maple Pen

This was made from some wood that I had that came from some land that my family had bought when they came over from Ireland in the 1700's.  It is maple and I dyed it green as that is one of my colors.

New Parker 51 stype pen

I really like my Parker 51 pens so I made up this one that is sort of a 51 style pen.
The cap is an orginal 51 from a parts pen I had in stock.