Behold, Excalibur!

Excalibur ClipAnother few weeks have passed in the Scriptorium workshop.  Pens have been posted to their new homes and many customers should now be enjoying writing with their new Scriptorium fountain or dip pen. Of course, I just love to hear how you are getting on with your new pen.  Do please keep in touch and check the web pages from time to time, to read my blog and see what’s new in the Scriptorium workshop.  I have a lot of new things planned for release in the future!

I truly enjoy my pens-crafting work.  It is a passion that provides tremendous pleasure through making something that could be around for many years to come.  Engaging with my customers and trying to fulfil their requests is another aspect that is really quite rewarding.  The material combinations, the colors chosen, and the design requests I receive never cease to amaze me. It gives me the inspiration to go the extra mile to bring those chosen designs to reality.

Some time ago, I received a request to make a pen having a sword shaped clip. This provided a welcome design opportunity, as I have long wished for a sword clip myself. I chose to incorporate my love of British literature and history into this project. What would the design be? Should it look like some fabulous fantasy sword, or should it reflect an actual sword model? After much reflection, I decided to combine my love of the stories of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table with that of an actual sword design typical of the Anglo-Saxon period in English history.

Specifically, I chose the look from the sword found among the treasure in the Anglo-Saxon royal ship burial site at Sutton Hoo in 1939.  I particularly like the design of this sword, with its narrow crossguard, as it really complements the shape of a pen cap. The pommel and hilt echo the contours of the Sutton Hoo sword, and the blade even features a fuller’s groove down the middle. The tip of the blade has been gently rounded.  With no awkward protrusions for the pen, it is ideal.  There are no sharp edges, points, or elements that can easily snag in shirt pockets or pen wraps.

Below are some design drawings of the final sword. As with any clip design, I go through a series of versions with my silversmith, Mike Redburn, to get just the right look. Below are a couple of Mike’s detailed 3D computer drawings.

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Mike utilizes the “lost wax” casting method, and the process from design idea to completed clip is fascinating. Following approval of a final design, a 3D printed model is made. Next, a silicone mold is created in one of two ways – either by making a mold of the 3D printed model, or the model can be cast and a mold can be made of the cast metal piece. After the mold is made, wax is injected into the mold to reproduce the part. It is then put in a flask, invested, and then burned out in a kiln. The remaing hole is filled with molten metal.

 

 Here is the final resulting clip!

Excalibur Clip

Every notable sword has a name…. And what name should I choose for this sword?  Why, Excalibur, of course! This echoes my passion for the tales of King Arthur, The Round Table, & Merlin.  The clip is available in silver, bronze, or brass to add a unique touch to your custom pen. Do have a look at my Clips page for more information about these and other clip designs available, and… be on the lookout for a new pen model featuring the Excalibur clip, forged in the workshop at Scriptorium Pens, soon.

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.

Nouveau Clips have arrived!

Nouveau Clip in Bronze

Nouveau Clip in Bronze

The Nouveau clip, featuring the Scriptorium Pens logo, has arrived! Hand cast using the lost wax method, and offered in Sterling Silver, Solid Brass, or Solid Bronze, the Nouveau adds an understated, elegant style to your choice of clips. This new design joins the Classic and Modern styles as an upgrade to the standard style.  Visit the Clips Page for details on all clip choices.

Nouveau Clip

Nouveau Clip in Sterling Silver, Brass, & Bronze

Nouveau Clip - Side View

Nouveau Clip – Side View

New Pen Model, New Clips, and Site Updates

New Pen Model — the Epic!

Announcing the Epic!

Epic in Illuminated Amber Acrylic (Large)

The Epic is pretty much exactly what I think of when I envision fountain pens, and this model started out as a pen I made just for myself this weekend, and I liked it so much, I decided to make it part of the regular offering. I rarely make pens for myself, and this is the first one in at least a year and a half.

Like its literary namesake, the Epic is big and bold. Long, clean lines create a pen that is strong and grand without being ostentatious. The barrel expands ever so slightly toward the end before making a sharp taper downward. Though similar to the expanding barrel on the Balladeer, the Epic’s barrel is much slimmer, with only a slight swell at the widest point of diameter. This design helps to keep the pen from slipping down in the hand. Check out the Epic page for more images.

New Clips

Classic Clip in Sterling Silver, Bronze, & Brass

Classic Clip in Sterling Silver, Bronze, & Brass

Modern Clip in Sterling Silver, Bronze, & Brass

Modern Clip in Sterling Silver, Bronze, & Brass

The new custom clips in Bronze and Brass are now available in both Classic and Modern styles, joining the Sterling Silver clips for a choice of colors to suit your pen material. These clips are hand cast using the lost wax method and are solid, not plated!  My favorite is the Bronze. I love the patina it develops over time, adding unique character to a pen. These custom clips are available as an upgrade option to the standard clip offerings.  See the new Clips page for details.

Site Updates

As mentioned above, there’s a new page just for Clips. Many customers have asked for a page with pictures of all the clips to choose from, so here it is! I’ve included both front and side angle views.

I’ve also updated the Pen Model Dimensions Chart to reflect the full Scriptorium model lineup to date.

That’s it for now. I hope to have a really cool announcement for you in a couple of weeks! 🙂

The Exemplar – A New Model!

Exemplar in Illuminated Amber AcrylicThe Exemplar joins the pen model lineup this week at the Scriptorium. Featuring a slightly curved barrel and gently rounded finials, the Exemplar presents a subtle, elegant profile that is comfortable to hold. It balances well, either posted or unposted. As with all other Scriptorium models, it can be customized in a variety of ways to suit your personality. 🙂

Also in the News:  More Clips!

Custom clips in cast Brass and Bronze will be joining the already available Sterling Silver Custom Clip selection. They should be available in a week or two!

 

Custom Clips in Sterling Silver!

Scriptorium Pens now has its own custom clips! I’m super excited to introduce these two new clip designs, cast in Sterling Silver using the lost wax method. Available in both a classic and a modern style, these will be offered as an upgrade to the standard clips on any pen. The Modern clip has a smooth, clean look, while the Classic version has a more traditional, vintage appearance. Both clips feature a calligraphic Scriptorium “S” on a heraldic shield as a decorative emblem. Each will add a distinctive touch to any pen.