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Modifcations to the Traveler


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#1 dfurlano

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 03:55

I went to an all ebonite body but I have yet to figure out any design details on the outside but here it is inside the cap. I also took a lot of silver out of the band and the cap is much lighter. This pen also now has a four start thread.



Ok, here is the pen without the cap. I have not written with this pen yet but I did hold and simulate writing and it was very comfortable.



I removed the rear compartment that held the spare cartridge. I now have a button feed design in the pen ala Stevens Pens patent of 1935.



So far I am happy with this design but i still have a long way to go to get everything to look correct and work (the button fill).



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Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:43

good luck
I am sure you will be satisfied !
let us know how it writes !!

#3 kiavonne

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Posted 22 January 2008 - 04:54

This pen has my interest piqued. Don't lose the compass, though. smile.gif
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Posted 22 January 2008 - 13:18

Nice! How about some chasing on the barrel? I really like the idea of the compass. One other perspective, I find the pen's design also has another meaning: a visual reminder of one's moral compass.

Again, beautiful work.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 21:06

Still in a rough state but..




Edited by dfurlano, 26 January 2008 - 21:08.


#6 kiavonne

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Posted 27 January 2008 - 06:45

This pen is really looking good to me. The look of an old classic, but sturdy and handsome enough for today. I love the compass, too. We lost the engraved band, though. Still very cool pen. I've never experienced a button filler, though. Maybe I'll have to learn with this pen.




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Posted 27 January 2008 - 13:41

I am still contemplating the decoration although I do agree that it it does have a very nice look as is. Also the pen is now all ebonite.

Edited by dfurlano, 27 January 2008 - 13:42.


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Posted 29 January 2008 - 22:47

Ok, here it is I refrained from adding anything else to the pen. This is a button filler but I am also going to make a eyedrop filler.





The button is integrated into the rear cap. So you loosen the cap and push, you cannot remove the cap so there is nothing to lose.





And the cap does post.





Comments welcome.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 01:00

You made it more true to its name, The Traveler. You sleeked it, sized it down, but you kept the compass - very important. Lost the silver studs which is probably good, though they reminded me of stars - too heavy, I imagine, and probably not cost efficient, so a good choice. You kept the unique, branded celestial clip. Lost the engraved band, which I did like. I like the all-ebonite look. It's classic. Overall, I like the pen. Now the big question is, can I afford it?

Oh, and for those fancy limited editions I can only lust after, you could always inlay a different constellation of mother of pearl every year. wink.gif


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Posted 30 January 2008 - 02:12

I am looking forward to seeing how this one compares to the other...looks like this one will be true to its name, a pen to travel with, especially as an eyedrop filler, it will hold a massive amount of ink...
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:21

The problem with custom pens is the amount of time it takes to design and make a few and not many.

Since I make all the components (currently except the nib, feeder, and compass) just the button filler mechanism took a good deal of time to design and make. And because I literally want it to last forever the filler assembly is made from aluminum and brass and precisely machined. All the exterior parts are solid sterling silver there is no plating or stamped parts.

I really have no intentions to make minor cosmetic changes to this design and create a new version. I guess that is why I have a day job. If I were to show you my other projects that I have in prototype you would find absolutely nothing familiar. I am going to offer a eye drop filler which will help keep the cost down along with a steel nib. Of course if someone would like a Sailor nib and ornate designs I would gladly accommodate the request.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:34

Darn the silver and wood made the pen a joy to behold !
sorry to see them gone!

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 03:42

QUOTE(dfurlano @ Jan 29 2008, 08:21 PM)  
The problem with custom pens is the amount of time it takes to design and make a few and not many.

Since I make all the components (currently except the nib, feeder, and compass) just the button filler mechanism took a good deal of time to design and make. And because I literally want it to last forever the filler assembly is made from aluminum and brass and precisely machined. All the exterior parts are solid sterling silver there is no plating or stamped parts.

I really have no intentions to make minor cosmetic changes to this design and create a new version. I guess that is why I have a day job. If I were to show you my other projects that I have in prototype you would find absolutely nothing familiar. I am going to offer a eye drop filler which will help keep the cost down along with a steel nib. Of course if someone would like a Sailor nib and ornate designs I would gladly accommodate the request.

Dan


You've done a wonderful job. I know a few interested. I didn't mean it to sound like you should do more redesigning. I think this pen is quite nice in this version you have now.
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:33

QUOTE(henri @ Jan 29 2008, 10:34 PM)  
Darn the silver and wood made the pen a joy to behold !
sorry to see them gone!



Would the original wood and silver be an option ?

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:40

Dan

As I said before a wonderful pen. I like the way you have gotten away from the cartage/converter filling system. Both you and Brian have made some fantastic steps.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 04:42

QUOTE(henri @ Jan 30 2008, 04:33 AM)  
QUOTE(henri @ Jan 29 2008, 10:34 PM)  
Darn the silver and wood made the pen a joy to behold !
sorry to see them gone!



Would the original wood and silver be an option ?


I could be wrong, but I think that Dan's plan with this pen is not to discontinue the original, but to have two versions.

The original, and the 'daily writer' version.

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Posted 30 January 2008 - 10:21

Brian is correct, the original "desk pen" with all the wood and silver is still there but I had so many requests for a more practical version I decided to create a "daily writer" pen. I really like the way this pen came out both in look and the implementation of different filler systems.

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Posted 19 February 2008 - 19:47

I love it! I have been running ideas thru my head of ways to work old school filling such as lever fills into pens, like the kit pens, and make them work.

Good job, I like the cleaner look.
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