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In the end, you get to pick the ink, and maybe the nib size. a bespoke pen is one where you choose the design, materials for the barrel/cap/furniture, the nib grind, etc. There are pen makers that produce bespoke pens, but selling stock pens from Conway Stewart or Onoto just gives you a good pen, but not a bespoke pen.

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In the end, you get to pick the ink, and maybe the nib size. a bespoke pen is one where you choose the design, materials for the barrel/cap/furniture, the nib grind, etc. There are pen makers that produce bespoke pens, but selling stock pens from Conway Stewart or Onoto just gives you a good pen, but not a bespoke pen.

You've got a point there!

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I came across this website a while back while looking for a Conway Stewart pen. I thought they hadn't updated their site since the demise of Conway Stewart. I guess that I should have looked a little closer. I am glad to hear that they are legitimate and still in business.

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I'm still trying to figure out how to list all my pens down here.

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I received a really wonderful email from David at BBP and he answered all of my questions very thoroughly. I will most definitely be making a purchase from BBP in the near future. Thanks again to all of you for chiming in with your experiences and your valuable feedback. :thumbup:

I inquired about the flex nibs and it sounds very promising!

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The FLAG branded nibs available from BBP are made by the company who made CS nibs.

 

One of the pens I ordered is being adjusted by a British nib master they are using to become an oblique.

 

So it seems they may very well be expanding their 'bespoke' activities to customizing pen nibs as well on request.

 

Now that would be a very nice service. :)

ahh, ok, that makes sense. ohh, do let us know how you like it when you receive it! :) I agree, that is very nice to have available, so it's a 'one-stop' shopping experience :)

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In the end, you get to pick the ink, and maybe the nib size. a bespoke pen is one where you choose the design, materials for the barrel/cap/furniture, the nib grind, etc. There are pen makers that produce bespoke pens, but selling stock pens from Conway Stewart or Onoto just gives you a good pen, but not a bespoke pen.

My understanding is that IS a service that is already available. From their own website: http://www.bespokebritishpens.co.uk/category/bespoke-pens/

 

"As the company name suggests, we specialise in the creation of bespoke fountain pens for individuals, organisations and businesses, or to celebrate specific events. Our scope is limited only by your imagination and as you will see from the images and descriptions included here, we have a proud tradition of creating some of the finest luxury pens – all made in Britain. You will find details of more bespoke pens on www.bespokebritishpens.co.uk/about"

 

They are actually not selling Onotos, as Onoto is still in business. They were simply selling off individual Onotos that they had themselves from when David and Alistair split from Onoto. As far as CS goes, once the stock is gone, that's it, they won't be recreating the lines. That's where I was mistaken, I truly believed BBP were going to continue creating their own CS line, but David clarified that that was not the case. Going forward, the pens will be all BBP.

 

Hope that clarifies things a little :)

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ahh, ok, that makes sense. ohh, do let us know how you like it when you receive it! :) I agree, that is very nice to have available, so it's a 'one-stop' shopping experience :)

 

I will indeed.

Away overseas working currently so I will have to wait till I get home to open up my packages when they have arrived. So another four weeks wait, "Sigh!"

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A quick note to let you know that Bespoke British Pens is releasing its latest Manuscript newsletter tomorrow - including news of the availability of flexible nibs to fit Conway Stewart pens, a subject that seems to have sparked some debate already on this forum!

 

We are also including news of the latest CS pens made up from the components we purchased from the administrators last year and a reproduction of a 1907 Onoto Plunger-filler with silver overlay, by Henry Simpole.

 

I'll post the link to the newsletter here tomorrow.

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As promised, here's the link to the latest newsletter from Bespoke British Pens: http://eepurl.com/bCGkVX

 

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Thanks so much for making the flexible nibs available. I placed an order for one this morning.

 

I hope you will be able to make the regular CS style nibs available separately as well, especially the broader and italic ones.

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I'm excited that David and Alistair are starting up a new pen company in 2016. I had excellent service from them when they were at Onoto, and though I have yet to order from BPP, I am confident they will do their utmost to ruin my bank account in 2016! :D

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I'm excited that David and Alistair are starting up a new pen company in 2016. I had excellent service from them when they were at Onoto, and though I have yet to order from BPP, I am confident they will do their utmost to ruin my bank account in 2016! :D

A new Pen Company.......in addition to BBP?

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Received my flexible nib the other day. It's a broad reground to a stub. It comes with a section designed to fit the Churchill pen, but the nib can be removed from the section and used in any CS pen that takes that size nib. A convertor is included. I loaded up one of my Churchills with the old CS green ink that came with the pen and found the writing experience to be delightful.

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Received my flexible nib the other day. It's a broad reground to a stub. It comes with a section designed to fit the Churchill pen, but the nib can be removed from the section and used in any CS pen that takes that size nib. A convertor is included. I loaded up one of my Churchills with the old CS green ink that came with the pen and found the writing experience to be delightful.

Thanks for sharing this. My Churchill came with a broad cursive italic & I have enjoyed it but the "flessibility" does have it's attraction. I doubt I will be willing to splurge ....but it is nice to know you enjoy your nib.

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I know our very own Oxonian (John Sorowka) did the majority of specialist nib tuning for Onoto so I suspect it will be him doing any bespoke nib grinding for BBP which, if this is the case, is good news for anyone considering having a nib tuned to their liking.

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I wanted to add my own experience to this thread.

 

I contacted them back in Jan. about making a purchase and when I said that I was saving up the funds for a Coronet in Dartmoor, Alastair and David were good enough to set aside a pen and nib for me. They were very helpful and patient with my questions about the pen. I made the purchase on Feb. 15 and I have found that the pen has just cleared US customs in California. So I am looking forward to its arrival.

 

Thus far, I must say that I really appreciate the level of customer service provided by the fellows at BBP and cannot recommend them enough. I'll make a second post once the pen has arrived.

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