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#1 watch_art

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 19:38

Recently I approached Ken aka Dr Goretex here on FPN about doing a custom art for custom pen trade and he graciously accepted. He told me what he wanted from me and that he was going to make a pen that would blow my socks off. Okay maybe he didn't say that - but the pen certainly has blown my socks off. And my shoes are still on! That's amazing!!

Here's the thread with the details.

Look at it! It looks like a piece of bamboo!

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He even hollowed the ends out.

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I've never had a pen with such a large step before and I wasn't sure if it would be comfortable or not - I gotta say it's great though. I just stick my thumb up on the barrel and go to town. No issues with the step at all. I have handled the Pilot Bamboo before, so I have a little experience with the step, but only a minute or two when I tested it out. Here is the actual pen. From what I can remember of the Pilot, I gotta say I like the Dr Goretex bamboo a WHOLE lot more. The acrylic has such a slick texture and I just don't want to put it down. Such a delight.

And with a medium (and he included a broad) Meister Nib, you know it writes PERFECTLY. Love it!

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It's not a small pen either. Here it is next to my buddy's 149.
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Lamy Safari stained with Bad Green Gator. B)
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And next to another Dr Goretex creation. I've been calling it the blackwood.
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Now for the Blackwood.
I don't know what else to call it but I think that sounds really good.

Also no small pen by any means - very comfortable to hold. This guy does really good work.

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This pen is made from kit parts so the nib is just a kit nib, but I gotta say that it's REALLY good. Very smooth and wet and just downright perfect. Ken sent me another section and nib for this pen since the one it came with had been dropped at some point, and the nib didn't fit tightly in the section anymore.

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Next to a Lamy Safari for size.
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Edited by watch_art, 20 November 2011 - 01:49.

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#2 Prvt. Toter

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 23:32

Man, those are really nice, but you need to invest in some ink remover for the fingers... or maybe just empty the pens before you tear them apart (grin)
If you think everything is going well... you obviously have no idea what is really going on!

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 23:34

:P
Actually - all that blue is fresh from the lip of my PR DC blue. I opened it instead of the green that I used and didn't notice it was blue until my fingers showed up. Put that away and got the green out. Had to wipe the bamboo off.
I don't mind the inky fingers though.
:D

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Posted 19 November 2011 - 23:46

Oooo ... I love big pens and those are beautiful!!

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 00:45

Well I guess the fingers do provide a wonderful palette for ink color confirmation, not that I know mind you, I have just heard... :lol: Beautiful pen, thanks for the review.

Edited by Prvt. Toter, 20 November 2011 - 00:48.

If you think everything is going well... you obviously have no idea what is really going on!

#6 lovemy51

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 08:40

very attractive pens, W-A! :thumbup: ... the bamboo is my fav of the two.

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Posted 20 November 2011 - 18:16

Those are beautiful! :yikes:

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Posted 21 November 2011 - 02:29

So cool! That material really does look like bamboo.

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:31

Really like the Blackwood but it seems that the finish might be running onto your fingers as you write? Posted Image I have a nice splotch of Sherwood Green on my hands right now, looks better on Rhodia though.


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Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:37

Nice!

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:42

I love the blackwood! In fact I love both. If had one backwood, I would put a large gold Bock nib on it. Oversized pens are awesome, aren't they? :thumbup:

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 17:18

How is cleaning/maintenance of the outer layers of both pens?

Any trouble with staining?

Look amazing btw, congratulations. :D
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Posted 23 November 2011 - 17:33

Cleaning? Ummmm......
You did say CLEANing. Hmm...
Uh....

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Kidding. I guess a wet paper tower or damp cloth would work just fine. The wood pen is nice and dark so I figure it wouldn't show too many stains. The bamboo wipes clean very easily.

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Posted 25 November 2011 - 00:29

The wood pen has a cyanoacrylate (essentially acrylic) finish on it. Shouldn't normally stain with ink. Got less experience with the polyresin of the bamboo pen, but I'd be very surprised if it stained with ink.

Ken

Edited by drgoretex, 25 November 2011 - 00:30.







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