My first step was to go on Ken's blog, where you can look at his production. Beautiful pens and designs. I was hoping for something in celluloïd, a material Ken does sometimes have in stock.
Then I contacted Ken by e-mail. Great experience since Ken is very open minded, answers his emails promptly in a polite and warm manner. It was really a pleasure to deal with him, and so much more since I became aware of him learning French, a langage he does write very nicely; better than I write English to say the least.
Among the designs Ken is offering, my eye was catched by a "Cigar classic" in black ebonite. This is indeed what I was looking for, but for a few features: so I asked him if it would be possible to:
1) Have a closer to 50% proportion regarding the relative size of the cap and the barrel, when the pen is closed;
2) Have a slightly longer grip section (about 3mm)
3) Make the cap so it takes only one turn to open
All these asking features were granted and very well made.
As a good surprise, as if Ken did read my mind, he tapered the end of the barrel a little bit more than he did for the original cigar design. I think the result is a stunning design with a great sens of equilibrium.
The only bad surprise was that there was no celluloïd left for my pen. So I hesitated. I love ebonite, and Ken offers a wonderful cumberland ebonite. But, well, I wanted something a little bit more cheerful, and I selected this amazing blue crush acrylic, after much hesitation: there is a orange crush acrylic that looks really nice too, very close to the one used by Delta for the Dolce Vita line. But blue it was, and I can say that even if I don't really care fpr the feel of the material, not a match to ebonite or celluloïd, I don't regret my choice.
The pen is very comfortable to hold. The longer section is exactly what I was looking for. The details of the pen are wonderfully made and the pen worked perfectly out "of the box". The JoWo board nib is not the kind of nib I really care for, but it writes perfectly as it should. I will probably get it customized or maybe even aquire a springier nib for this pen in due time.
I own an Extended Pearl from Edison (this one in celluloïd). I don't want to make any comparisons here since I love both pens and that I am no connaisseur, but only a humble user. But I can say that I will use the drgoretex pen with as much pleasure as I have when using my Edison.
In the end, I got a exceptionnal pen, customized to my likings, and a great contact with Ken Cavers. And the best part of it is that I got my pen in 24 hours after it was finished (xpress post from Winnipeg to Montreal; amazing!); the overall process taking about three weeks.
Thank you, Ken!
Edited by Namo, 21 October 2012 - 20:51.