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Old 11-04-2018, 01:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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About seven years ago my best friend came to me and said he wants to make luxury pens. I told him I have no idea how to go about doing it.
About three years ago I made a number of oblique pen holders, but sales petered out and I lost interest.
In September I decided to have a go at making a ball point pen to take a Parker refill. The first looked good, except the cap did not stay put. I looked at pen kits, but decided against using them. My next attempt was a bit better, and then I started doing serious research. Much of what I now know came from this forum.
By the first week of October I had made a Japanese style threading tool to cut double start threads and I called my friend: "Remember when you asked if it was possible to make luxury pens? How would you like to go into business with me, making pens?"
I make the pens, he does the photography, graphic design, and is doing the urushi lacquering on some of our products.

We had to overcome some obstacles: There is no local supply of nibs, feeds or nib units, so I had to quickly learn how to make titanium nibs, how a feed works, and then how to make a feed that works. By the fifth attempt at making feeds I solved all the issues.
I can now make fine, medium and broad nibs in stub or flexible.
Materials is still a problem, so our first lot is made of an industrial polymer, and I am also working through my limited supply of acrylace, dymondwood and suitable hardwoods. I found a supplier of ebonite, the first lot should arrive in a week or two.

Thank you for looking, questions and comments welcome!

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Nice work. Way beyond what most even dream of. If you are ever inclined I'd like to see pictures of how you make the nibs and feeds.
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Old 11-04-2018, 02:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
 
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Baie mooi werk van Gauteng.

Do you guys know Terry Finney? He hasn't been here for a while, but if you know him, please pass on my regards.
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WOW !!! . How impressive are those !!!
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Now those a nice pens, vert, very impressive
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Thank you all for the positive feedback!

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Nice work. Way beyond what most even dream of. If you are ever inclined I'd like to see pictures of how you make the nibs and feeds.
I looked at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xkO...jtT-XPhha&t=0s and basically followed along.
Two things I do not do though: I do not solder on a tip, and I don't forge the nib blank to thickness. I adapted some steps according to my available tools.
A large vocabulary of curses is also handy.
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Baie mooi werk van Gauteng.

Do you guys know Terry Finney? He hasn't been here for a while, but if you know him, please pass on my regards.
Last contact I had with him (must be at least 4 years) he was immigrating.
OZ I think.
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Nice work Tiaan.
Nice to see 'n Boer maak a plan.
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