A Busy Year!

As anyone running both a business and a busy home knows, life can generally become a balancing act between the two. I sometimes think it may have been easier to learn to juggle or walk a tightrope in a circus! However, the rewards and satisfaction gleaned from having my own company, through creating something bespoke and special for my customers, make it all worthwhile.

The last few months here at Scriptorium Pens have been really busy and exciting. So many changes have been and continue to be made.

Early this year, as my regular visitors to my Instagram feed and other pages will be aware, I moved the entire pens production unit out of a spare bedroom in the house and into my father’s old workshop. Much effort was required in getting the old place cleared out, cleaned up, and ready for new equipment. A new Grizzly “Gunsmith” lathe now takes pride of place in the shop, and the tooling is close to hand.

The move was not as easy at you may think, though. That metal lathe is a heavy piece of machinery, weighing in at over 1,300lbs.! To make things even more of a challenge, the floor in the workshop was really out of level. Fortunately, I have a wonderfully supportive brother who has been a godsend in this whole process. I never imagined how much work there would be in setting all this up and keeping the pens crafting ticking over at the same time! All is working well in the “Scriptorium Workshop World” now though, with continuous development in mind, as well as the space to accommodate it.

It was initially like setting up a room in the house to put the furniture in the right places. If I moved my equipment once, I moved it a thousand times to get it to work for me. Well, I spend so much time out there it needs to be comfy, bright, cool…. Oh yes, I also needed a new AC unit; it can get really hot out there in the humid Mississippi summertime.

Jumping from a wood lathe to a metal lathe comes with a big learning curve. Fortunately, I love learning new things, and this new lathe makes work easier, faster, better, and more fun.

Things to Come

Come this October, Scriptorium Pens will head into its 3rd year. Three is always the magic number, right? So, I plan to throw a little magic into this coming year by way of special new fountain & dip pen designs, new clip designs, and possibly even a celebration version of the Idyll, the Scriptorium’s best seller.

In an effort to streamline web work & free up more time for pen production, I’ll be highlighting recently made pens here on the Home page, while continuing to add them to their usual model galleries. The “Recent Additions” page, however, will be removed, and the Home page will truly become the hub of the site.

Other changes are planned for this 3rd year, but as those will come later, I’ll wait to go into detail on those developments. 😊  Meanwhile, enjoy a slideshow of some of my recently made pens.

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Introducing the Aeterna

It’s time for a new pen model at Scriptorium Pens! Following several customer requests, the Aeterna was created. Inspired by the timeless style of the flat-top ebonite pens of the late 1800’s & early 1900’s, the Aeterna features sleek lines, a very slight curve behind the barrel threads, and an elongated 23mm section with a classic, lipped grip for writing comfort.

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The Iota button roll stop was created specifically to go with the Aeterna to add to the elegant, minimal look. The Iota is the first Scriptorium roll stop to be offered in 18k gold, as well as Sterling Silver, Bronze, & Brass. As always, customers can choose other roll stops or clips to go with their custom pens.

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I love seeing the ideas customers come up with for new pens. Keep those ideas coming, and your idea might become a regular Scriptorium Pens model, too!

 

 

 

Catching Up

Busy, Busy, Busy

The past year has been an incredibly busy one for Scriptorium Pens, so much so that I haven’t had time to update all the custom pen images on the web site. Today, however, that changed. I devoted the entire day to posting images of all the pens I’ve made since late September, so if you’ve been waiting to see your custom baby online, it should be there now. :)  As always, Flickr will continue to have the most complete set of pen images, and you can see process pics on Instagram & Twitter.

New Black Oxide Steel Nibs

Black Oxide Steel Nib

New Black Oxide Steel Nib

JoWo is making a beautiful new Black Oxide steel nib to replace the Black Ruthenium nibs. As you can see from the photo, it is much darker and more “stealthy” looking. These are already available for order. I only have a very few of the old Black Ruthenium nibs left.

Tibaldi Impero Celluloid Availability

All I have has already been claimed!🙂 I’ve recently started working on pens in the queue using the highly coveted Tibaldi Impero Celluloid. As people see the images on Instagram, the queries for this beautiful material keep rolling in.  I truly wish I had more to spread the joy, but I seriously doubt I’ll ever get any more. Rest assured that I’ll post an announcement if such a treasure trove is found!

Here’s wishing all of you a wonderful new year, full of fun pens and inks and lots of cool experiences to write about!

New Slim Modern Clip Available

For a while now, customers have been asking for a “slim” version of the original Modern clip, which is a wide clip that’s really suited for very large pens. Now a Slim version is available, featuring the same clean, strong lines. Below are pictures of both clips side by side.

Modern Clip, Wide & Slim sizes

Modern Clip, Wide & Slim sizes

Modern Clip, Wide & Slim sizes, shown in Sterling Silver

Modern Clip, Wide & Slim sizes, shown in Sterling Silver

The Wide model is 6.6mm wide, while the new Slim model is around 5.2mm wide. Pricing on the Slim Modern clip will be $18 for bronze or brass, and $20 for silver. Like all my other custom clips, this original design is hand cast using the lost wax method by Mike Redburn of Silver Pen Parts.

Check out the Clips page to see all the Scriptorium Pens clip offerings.

New Model – A Short Idyll

Short Idyll in Dragon Koi Rotacrylic - MediumRecently a customer asked for an Idyll made with one of Jeff Powell’s unique Rotacrylic pen blanks. The special process Jeff uses to create his blanks, including CNC work and double casting, means that the blanks are much shorter than normal pen blanks, so any kitless pen made from them will be shorter than usual. An additional twist was added by the customer in that he wanted the inlaid design to be on the barrel, instead of the usual place on the cap, so that he could see the design while writing. That meant the section and nib had to line up perfectly with the barrel. Finally, the section had to be made longer to allow a standard converter to fit down inside it since the barrel itself would not be long enough to accommodate a converter.  The result of all this? A Short Idyll

Below are some photos of the first Short Idyll created, along with measurements. This one is a Medium size, & features Jeff Powell’s graceful Dragon Koi design on the barrel:

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Closed = 137mm
Uncapped = 124mm (measurement includes nib, section, & barrel)
Barrel = 78mm (barrel only)
Grip = 22.5mm long, 11.6mm at narrowest part of grip
Cap = 65mm
Outer Diameter = 16mm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, the Short Idyll is just a little bit shorter than a Pelikan M800 or a Lamy Al-Star:

  • Short Idyll, closed: 137mm long
    Pelikan M800, closed: 141mm long
    Lamy Al-Star, closed: 139.5
  • Short Idyll, uncapped: 124mm long
    Pelikan M800, uncapped: 127.5mm long
    Lamy Al-Star, uncapped: 130mm long

 

I’ve got a few more new model designs to add to the lineup, including a pocket pen.
Stay tuned for more info.🙂

Fountain Pen Day Special

Tomorrow, Friday, November 6, 2015, is Fountain Pen Day!

Celebrate with Scriptorium Pens and save $20 off every order placed between 12:00am & 11:59pm,CST, Friday, Nov. 6th, 2015.

Taking place on the first Friday in November each year, Fountain Pen Day is celebrated by enthusiasts worldwide as a time to embrace, promote, and share the use of fountain pens.

Customer Worksheet – A Tool to Help You Create Your Custom Pen

Customer Worksheet

Customer Worksheet

Scriptorium Pens has added a new tool to help customers design their perfect pen. I’ve created a Customer Worksheet that is very similar to my own order form that I keep for each customer, with the same basic information. This is a pdf document that you can print out and use to play around with various pen configurations and prices until you come up with your ideal combination. I think this will be a really helpful way to ease the process of deciding on all the various options offered by Scriptorium Pens. It contains all the information I need to put your new pen together.

I’ve also added a page of Configuration Examples with a breakdown of their pricing to help customers see how things add up. These examples are similar to those in the final confirmation email I will send to make sure the order is correct.

Finally, one more item I’ve added is Order Numbers! That’s right! With the orders continuing to come in, I’ve started assigning numbers to each order to help keep track of them.  From now on when you place an order, I will give you your order number.  For anyone already in my work queue, you can send me an email to find out what your number is and what order I am currently working on.

I want to make the ordering process as easy and as fun as possible for you. These new additions are steps in that direction. If you have any other suggestions, just let me know. I love hearing customer ideas!🙂