Earlier this year, Anna and I visited Yard-O-Led in Birmingham and had a factory tour. You can read about it here.
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Posted 26 April 2016 - 11:58
Thanks Martin and Anna!
This is a must read, and See.
I have other very old objects still beautiful with their hand chasing. Most don't realize this is unique to each artist.
Posted 26 April 2016 - 13:28
It was great to see "Youth" doing the engraving. Why Alex and Krish both look like mere children. The biggest threat to companies like Yard-o-Led has to be the loss of institutional knowledge and craftsmanship with time.
Posted 26 April 2016 - 20:36
Thank you for sharing this adventure. It makes my pen more special to see the manner in which it was created. AND that "front door" is beyond amazing!
Posted 26 April 2016 - 23:11
Posted 27 April 2016 - 19:53
Excellent post Martin, thank you
How many people are employed by YoL in total do you think?
Posted 28 April 2016 - 10:38
Reading your report makes my Grand Victorian even more special to me now. Thanks for taking us along.
Posted 28 April 2016 - 20:55
Glad you like it. We'd been meaning to pay a visit for years. It was a wonderful experience. Not many: 11 or 12 I think, mostly craftspeople.Martin
Posted 10 May 2016 - 19:58
I adore my YoL Victorian fp. It's great to be able to see what goes on behind those gorgeous tree doors. Thank you for sharing :-).
"In the end, only kindness matters."
Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:08
Posted 20 May 2016 - 09:23
Wow. Very cool. I'm completely and utterly jealous. And now want a Viceroy Victorian even more than ever.... But sadly, at the moment it's the "when I win the lottery" pen.
Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth
Posted 25 May 2016 - 10:16
I chose my user name years ago - I have no links to BBS pens (other than owning one!)
Posted 01 July 2016 - 19:35
Excellent post and read...Good incite into the company and the pens.....Now I am even more excited and happy that my Viceroy Grand Victorian is on the way. I did not know that only 3 smiths did the engraving of the Victorian...definitely makes the pen more special.
I am literally checking my tracking ID for this pen daily.
Posted 22 December 2016 - 11:32
It's six months since the last post, but I'll give it a shot. Martin, can you share what craftsmanship you saw applied to the business end of their fountain pens, that is: the nib, the feed and the section?
Edited by FredRydr, 22 December 2016 - 11:50.
Posted 22 December 2016 - 17:19
I'm glad you woke this up from its slumber as I had missed it.
I only have a propelling pencil which my wife gave me and I do enjoy using it.
Wonderful report, many thanks.
Posted 29 December 2016 - 20:11
Thanks for sharing! Their pocket pen is on top of my wish list for 2017!
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