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Old 10-17-2011, 08:25 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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This fountain pen has been an idea in my head for a few years now, and this is my first successful attempt at it. I still have a few processes to iron out as I develop this design (hidden clip, CA finish, wall thicknesses), but as a proof of concept I am very pleased with how this pen came out.

The Olivewood is from Jerusalem, and the nib is a Heritance Fine point nib. Iíve been using a Noodlerís blue/black ink to test it out with, and have loved the combination. I used an adjustable pen mandrel for the closed ends, clip and nib section are from a churchhill kit, no brass tubes were used.

Thanks for looking. Constructive criticism is always welcome.
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Old 10-17-2011, 08:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Ben, that is a classy looking pen! Great job! Can't wait to see the next revision!
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Constructive criticism? sheesh .. can't we just tear you apart?

I like it, but a couple of things stand out.
1. I'd bump the clip up higher, just a little. Maybe not black ti either.
2. the clip hole is catching my eye, I'm sure you didn't want that.
3. The black center band.. I'm not so sure on that.. but
I'm also not sure what would work better.

I love the shape. Nice clean lines.
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I really like it - very classy!

If you want overly nit-picky, I don't know about the chrome trim ring as the three metal colours takes away from the simplistic elegance of the pen.

But MAN, do I like that pen!
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I like it, great work!
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Love the shape, also that it friction posts, as Charlie said the clip draws my eye and I'm sure that you will get that straightened out on the next ones. Not to beat up on you as I envy your accomplishment.
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Old 10-17-2011, 03:21 PM   #7 (permalink)
 
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Very nicely done. I really like the looks of it.

Without brass tubes, what is the wall thickness?

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Beautiful pen, great looking blank.
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I can't make anything even close to that, so I have no room to criticize, but since you ask......

My only criticism is around the clip. I agree that it needs to be further up and that the slot is too obvious. Other than that it is beautiful. I like the wood and the shape, and I actually think the black centerband looks good. I like the separation.
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For a proof of concept run, you REALLY smashed it out of the park. I HOPE I get some fountains looking that good one day. That seriously looks almost like I called you and gave you instructions for exactly what I'd want for personal carrying.
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