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Old 04-13-2017, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
 
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I've made several hundred pens but never a fountain pen. From looking through the forum, it seems I have much to learn, starting with the terminology and moving into the mechanics of the pens. I'd really appreciate knowing where I can learn to do it right and how to address problems. Are there books and or videos you can recommend? Thanks for helping.
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I've made several hundred pens but never a fountain pen. From looking through the forum, it seems I have much to learn, starting with the terminology and moving into the mechanics of the pens. I'd really appreciate knowing where I can learn to do it right and how to address problems. Are there books and or videos you can recommend? Thanks for helping.
I recently made my first, and it's honestly not much different to make than any ballpoint or rollerball. The only thing is that you might want to upgrade the nib.
Now, I understand that a lot of people here do kitless fountain pens, for that you'll need to study up.

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Watch this guys videos on adjusting the nib. It is amazing the difference it can make in the performance and feel of your pen and it simple enough even I can do it. You will need a 10x loupe. I've made a cheap nib write correctly and smooth and a JOWO and Bock nib write like a dream. My Bock nibs have required more tuning than any I've worked with. I've had problems with the last 2 not consistently flowing ink to the tip. This guy's videos set me in the right direction to correct them.

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I'd really appreciate knowing where I can learn to do it right and how to address problems. Are there books and or videos you can recommend? Thanks for helping.
A great place to start is the Reference Pages section of Richard Binder's website:

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As stated above the making of one from a kit is the same as any other capped pen. Tuning of a nib gets into the advanced level. If you want a good reference on the basic operation check out Goulet Pens Blog: Fountain Pen 101
A wealth of knowledge in the videos he has on line.

A word of caution: If you think pen turning/making is addictive, then you'll find Fountain Pens just as addictive. But it is a lot of fun!!!
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I'm with everyone else, what do you think is different?
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Thanks. I will definitely check it out.
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I'm with everyone else, what do you think is different?
In terms of what's different, I don't know anything about converters, pumps, nib sizes (I see #5 and 6 mentioned a lot), nib replacement (i.e., how to), good nibs v bad v great, differences in inks, desirability of prefilled cartridges v refillable reservoirs, how to test a pen and clean it prior to sale. While I'm confident I can make the pen, I want to be able to answer customer questions and hold an intelligent conversation. As you can see, I'm not there yet!!
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A word of caution: If you think pen turning/making is addictive, then you'll find Fountain Pens just as addictive. But it is a lot of fun!!!
Yes beware of the rabbit hole that is fountain pens. I started this addiction making a fountain pen for my fountain pen nerd son.
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I'm with everyone else, what do you think is different?
In terms of what's different, I don't know anything about converters, pumps, nib sizes (I see #5 and 6 mentioned a lot), nib replacement (i.e., how to), good nibs v bad v great, differences in inks, desirability of prefilled cartridges v refillable reservoirs, how to test a pen and clean it prior to sale. While I'm confident I can make the pen, I want to be able to answer customer questions and hold an intelligent conversation. As you can see, I'm not there yet!!
I guess you planning on making high end pens and selling them?

So yes, you will need to know all about this*, but making them is no different.

* see you in a few years.
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