I have personally crafted each of the pens you see in my gallery. While most of these pens have been sold or given away, I maintain a constantly changing small inventory in stock that can be seen HERE. If you see a pen you like that is not in my current inventory, I can always craft you one similar to it within a few weeks. I can also help you to custom design your own unique pen creation using the pen style, metal plating and body material of your choice. Please browse through the gallery to see some of the possibilities. I have many other types of wood, acrylics and Tru-stone available to use in pen making that are not yet in my gallery. Many of my pen styles are named after National Parks and Monuments, so explore my galleries and imagine which fine writing instrument you'd like to own. I look forward to hearing from you!
There are many types of pens available. Probably the easiest way to categorize them is by the method that is used to deliver the ink to the paper.
Ballpoints are the pens that we are most familiar with and comprise the majority of the pens I make. The classic ballpoint refill contains a metal ball at the tip that rolls as it moves on the paper. A thick oil-based ink containing dyes is coated on the rolling metal ball and transferred onto the paper as you write. Gravity aids the flow of the thick waxy ink, so the refill must be held upright when used. The thickness of the ink prevents the ink from drying out when the pen is not being used.
Twist Pens - A portion of the pen is twisted to extend the refill
Click Pens - A button is pressed on the top of the pen to extend the refill
Cross-Style Refill - a common type of refill that is quite thin and lends itself to thinner pen designs.
Parker-Style Refill - this readily available refill holds more ink than the Cross and comes in several different varieties, including a Gel variant that turns your ballpoint pen into something that writes like a rollerball pen!
The rollerball refills use a water-soluble liquid ink containing dyes. The thinner liquid ink of rollerballs flows easily past the ball, causing a prominent line with very little pressure on the pen tip. It allows for a smooth writing experience much like writing with a fountain pen. Rollerball refills historically had a greater tendency to dry-out when exposed to air. That is why you usually find them in capped pens. Today's modern rollerball refills no longer quickly dry out, but the capped design of these pens lend to very elegant styles. These can be "show" pens that are prominently displayed on your desk or at a meeting.
When you think of a fine writing instrument, a traditional fountain pen often comes to mind. These pens contain an ink cartridge that supplies ink to the nib. The quality and alignment of the nib is critical to the writing experience. Fountain pens take a little more effort to maintain, but the ability to alter the flow of ink on paper merely by changing the pressure or angle of the nib gives great creative control to the writing process. Since everyone used fountain pens before the 1940's, these pens also give a historical perspective to our writing - and they look quite impressive!