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!🙂

Introducing the Inkling

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Inkling Clip – Side View

Earlier this year a long-time customer asked me if I could create a pen styled after one of the Carter’s INX pens of the 20’s & 30’s. I was intrigued. I knew of the famous Carter’s inks, and even have a small collection of their vintage ink bottles and advertisements. I knew nothing about their pens, though. The customer provided some pictures to help me get as close as possible to the original style, but he wanted the new one in a much larger, modern size. I fell in love with the slim, elegant, streamlined design, and knew I had to get a custom clip made to finish off the look. Mike Redburn, of Silver Pen Parts, worked wonders with a new clip that is reminiscent of the original but stands on its own as a beautiful creation.

The customer carefully chose a material that would fit the vintage look, Pistachio, an acrylic from Conway Stewart, and asked for a black acrylic band between the two silver cap bands for contrast, along with a black section and finials to top it off. Before the pen was even finished, I had decided to make it a regular model in the Scriptorium lineup.

One the most enjoyable aspects of creating a new model is getting to name it. With the original being one of the Carter’s INX pens, I decided on the name of Inkling, as nod to Carter’s. The moniker also has the advantage of belonging to a famous literary group of Oxford writers of the 1930’s – 1940’s, including two of my all-time favorites, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. All my pen models have literary names or associations, so the Inkling fits right in. Many people have asked for more info on all the different model names, and that will be the topic of another post, eventually.🙂

Check out the page for the new Inkling here!