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#1 avlisyar

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 13:39

Introduction:
First review so I hope I can capture everything about the pen. This is my second pen by John E. Brady of JEB's Pens.
The first was a Nazca which is one heck of a pen.I was impressed enough about the results that I decided to have a
customized pen done by John. The pen is based on the Lhotse model which is a clipless pen. I sent John a drawing,
somewhat to scale and within a day, John had sent me a CAD drawing of the pen with the specs I was looking for. I was
hooked and over the next few weeks, the pen took it's final shape. During our communications, John suggested several
minor changes to the pen and I must say that I would have never thought that these changes would make such a difference
in the final product. So here goes ..........


Appearance & Design:
As I mentioned, the pen was a custom design. The Acrylic that was chosen was called Carrot. Based on what I was seeing,
the name made little sense. But then John sent me a picture of the blank as it was being turned. I will let you decide.


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Several days later, John sent me pictures of the final product. I could not wait to have the pen in my hands as it was
everything I thought it would be. When I opened the package, my initial thoughts were wow. The finish on the pen is simply
beautiful. I do not know how John gets the shine that he does but the pen just pops when you look at. There is a depth
to the acrylic and it has a translucence that is fantastic. Remember what it looked like being turned. The end result:


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Quality/Dimensions:
Everything about the pen speaks to the time John puts into the build. Everything fits like a glove. There are zero defects
in my humble opinion. It fits my hand perfectly. The final specs on the pen turned out to be:
Length:
Capped: 5.57".
Uncapped: 5.11".
Cap only: 2.375".
Grip: .70" (Length of grip)
Diameter:
Center: .60".
Cap end: .58".
Barrel end: .54".


Nib/Filling System:

The nib is a two toned #6 Steel nib by Meister Nibs. I chose a Broad and have since ground it to a Stub. The nib prior to
being ground was smooth out the box. John offers several nib choices. It is your typical CC Filler and John includes a few
cartridges along with the pen. Here is the Nib and section. I chose to have a straight section and it is very comfortable in
my hand.

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Conclusion:

I could not be happier. John produces a quality product and was a pleasure to work with. He spent the time with
me to make sure that everything about the pen was to my liking. As for the cost, I will only say that it was more
than reasonable.

I am a very satisfied customer and would recommend John to anyone considering a custom pen. One last disclaimer, the pictures
were used with John E. Brady's permission.

Edited by avlisyar, 03 March 2012 - 21:47.


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Posted 03 March 2012 - 13:57

Congratulations, a beautiful pen indeed. Enjoy in good health.

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 17:08

Wow, what a transformation, GORGEOUS pen! Does it write as good as it looks? Enjoy.
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#4 Uncle Red

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 18:07

What's up doc?
Seriously, sweet pen. BTW, how did you get the grip to be bigger diameter than the barrel when there's a step down to the section? :doh:

#5 avlisyar

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Posted 03 March 2012 - 21:46

What's up doc?
Seriously, sweet pen. BTW, how did you get the grip to be bigger diameter than the barrel when there's a step down to the section? :doh:



The section is actually .70 in length. Hope that clears up the confusion.

#6 jimhughes

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 00:09

What a difference between the blanks colours and the final product. You'd never believe the pen came from that blank looking at it. Agree 1000% with your assessment of John's work. Correct me if I'm wrong but he does this on a wood turning lathe. He is a custom woodworker by original trade. Jim

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 16:21

A great review of a gorgeous pen! I always enjoy seeing examples of John's designs and finished pens. It never ceases to amaze me how a matte blank is transformed to take on such graceful shapes and that amazing deep shine. I love John's photo of the blank being turned. Yessir, that would be a carrot! :)

The quality of John's work is outstanding, as is his wonderful customer service. Thanks for sharing this beautiful example with us. Enjoy your new treasure!

#8 tinta

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 18:37

Lovely pen.
"Avlisyar", I would be interested in the "diameter" of the "narrowest" part of the grip-section (hopefully in mm.) but 0.00 inches will do.

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#9 Aysedasi

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 18:41

A thing of real beauty! Did you grind the nib yourself?

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 19:16

What's up doc?Seriously, sweet pen. BTW, how did you get the grip to be bigger diameter than the barrel when there's a step down to the section? :doh:

The section is actually .70 in length. Hope that clears up the confusion.

Ah, that makes sense. I've never seen that measurement before but it is useful.

#11 avlisyar

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Posted 04 March 2012 - 23:28

A thing of real beauty! Did you grind the nib yourself?


Yes, the grind was by me and is still a work in progress.
I do everything by hand so it takes a while to get it right.

#12 hari317

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 03:28

Excellent work! thanks for sharing.

Does Jeb have a Tibetian connection? I am curious about the names that he gives his pens.
In case you wish to write to me, pls use ONLY email by clicking here. I do not check PMs. Thank you.

#13 Rajeev

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 13:51

Amazing Pen Jeb ! You are a true artist. This pen's ethereal.

Avlisyar you have a true masterpiece in your possession. Congratulations !






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