Introducing the Inkling

Inkling Clip - Side View

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!



4 thoughts on “Introducing the Inkling

  1. I love this material! Where did you find the Conway Stewart acrylics to use? I’d love to check them out before putting in my order as I have a Conway Stewart that I adore and have always loved their designs.

      • I’d love to see some of what you have on hand, though I did see a few on that link that looked perfect.

      • Chris, here is a list of what I have on hand, today, August 9, 2015. 🙂
        Blue Demo (?possibly?)
        Classic Brown (aka Bracket Brown)
        Classic Claret
        Classic Green
        Exmoor or Poinsettia (not sure which it is)
        Flecked Amethyst
        Lapis Blue
        Quartz Burgundy
        Silver Storm

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