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The queue for special orders is down to less than 2 weeks.

The queue for special orders is down to less than 2 weeks.

I just finished up 2 more custom builds this weekend. I will have time to get to one more tomorrow before the big game.  This is good news if you are in the mood for a custom built fountain pen!  If you are interested simply send an email to jj.9ball@hotmail.com with the words "pen inquiry" in the subject line.  We can talk more about your project.  Keep in mind that I can custom cast any color you can imagine and I have several clips to choose from or a custom made rollstop.   I can make pens that are compatible with...

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I can now do custom casting

I can now do custom casting

Custom casting  is now available as well as some custom nib grinds.

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Pens with silver bands and identical styling

Pens with silver bands and identical styling

I got out in the shop this week and got a couple new pens made.  They are both identical style.  Both have silver bands and both are medium sized.  I'm hoping to start becoming more consistent with my pens where I can offer a few different named models instead of having every pen be a "one off".  Below you will see the beginnings of my efforts towards consistency.  I am thinking about calling this the "Hadar" model named after the tiny little town I live next to in Nebraska.  I am still also working on a improved version of a...

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I've been working on a tricky special order.

I've been working on a tricky special order.

  For the last couple days I have been finishing up a tricky special order.  I was asked to make a replica of a Franklin Cristoph Panther model 40.  My task was to make roughly the same pen out of customer chosen materials with a couple of adjustments.  The pen itself needed to be about .75 inches longer and the cap about .125 inches shorter.  The main goal was to get the very long section (1.125 inches) included in the build and have it look essentially the same as the FC Panther model 40.  My first try was a little...

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I made a couple of sisters/brothers this week

I made a couple of sisters/brothers this week

Sometimes its fun to take what would otherwise be ordinary material and try to make an extraordinary result.  I wanted to make a red pen and not necessarily a plain red pen.  So I got this really cool shimmery black blank and made a red pen and an opposing black pen in identical styles with opposing colors on their respective parts.  It might just be easier to look at the picture :).  I have also been working on Nib grinding.  I don't know if you can see above, but I ground a broad nib to a cursive italic.  I have...

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