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Custom Turned Aluminium Fountain Pen


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Hi everyone,

 

a couple of weeks of practicing patience have finally come to an end: today was the day that my pen was finished; and it came out so much better than I ever could have hoped.

I sketched up the pen in CAD and Jim did a terrific job in deciphering and improving my amateurish drawings.

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The whole 15cm long pen is machined out of 1/2" hexagonal aluminium, with a compression O-ring sealing the body, so that it could be used as an eyedropper pen; feed and nib are a Bock 076 medium triple.

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The pen is well balanced, has a nice weighted feel to it and I finally have a pen close to the Rotring 600, only that it's custom made :)

I'm not sure yet if I should keep it like that or have anodized black - I kind of like the "pure aluminium" look of it ...

 

Thanks for looking,

Chris

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I like it a lot, and also like the raw aluminum finish. Keep it that way (or send it my way if you get tired of it :) ). Also it's nice to find out about a fabricator who is willing and able to do something like this, as I have a metal-bodied pen concept I would like to bring to reality some day.

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That's very nice, especially when your own concept comes to life. Congratulations! I agree, keep it as is. Why change a good thing?

"If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that's a full day. That's a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you're going to have something special."-Jim Valvano

 

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Nice pen but, AFAIK, you shouldn't use a reactive metal(e.g. aluminum) as an eyedropper.

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"Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination."

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Aluminium wouldn't be good as an eyedropper unless anodized, preferably hard anodized. Once that was done, it should be satisfactory. The problem with hard anodizing is the colour, it can only be dyed black or left in its natural dark grey.

 

I do like the pen, but an odd taper here & there wouldn't go amiss to my eyes. Nicely machined though.

 

Regards,

 

Richard.

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very nice pen :thumbup: remembers me of rotrings

Pens are like watches , once you start a collection, you can hardly go back. And pens like all fine luxury items do improve with time

 

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