Another Oversized Nox

February 19th, 2016

I’ve always loved the oversized pens produced by old factories like Sheaffer, Waterman, and Parker during their heyday.  There’s something peculiarly luxurious about the idea of an “Oversized” pen that I really like and would like to incorporate in my lineup. The difficulty with making a bigger version of  a standard size pen is making it feel weighty and luxurious while retaining balance and nimbleness.  I think this pen really fulfilled that goal.  Even with my somewhat short fingered hands, it was excellent for high volume writing.  This is a pen I would’ve loved to have as a note taker in university.

 

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Here’s a comparison picture with my personal (well patina’ed) regular size Nox.

 

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Base price for a similar pen is $550 USD, $600 as pictured in Woodgrain ebonite

Oversized Nox

March 14th, 2014

The Nox, but bigger! I designed the OS Nox to be a better fit for people with large hands.  Two grip section profiles are available.  One for people with large hands, and another for everyone else.

Brushed Finish Colossus

June 21st, 2013

There’s a new finish available for the Colossus.  I was looking at the brushed finish on the Nox and Solstice and wondered what it would look like on the Colossus.  The answer:  pretty darned good.

New Woodgrain Rubber Nox

March 14th, 2012

Here’s a brilliant new rubber that I think is nicely reminiscent of the old red ripple Waterman pens of the early 20th century.

Price: $500 + S&H

The New Solstice

December 2nd, 2011

I’ve been working on the design for an oversized model for nearly a year and I’ll be releasing it soon.  This model gives me a fantastic platform for the bigger vintage nibs out there.  Here’s a peek at the first in the series, fitted with a gorgeous and highly flexible Swan #4 stub (an added cost option when available).  The lower picture is a comparison of the Solstice and a Nox.

Just something interesting.

October 31st, 2011

I’ve added yet another step to the production of the Colossus.  After polishing the pen I apply a quick layer of patina to the bronze and then, using a very fine polishing compound, hand rub the patina almost entirely off.  This leaves the bronze a slightly darker colour.  I do this so that as the patina of handling builds on the pen, the contrast isn’t as great, which makes the pen look better during the first stages of patina formation.

What I find interesting is how the pen looks after the patina application.  Since I’m polishing it back to an even appearance, I don’t have to make the patina flat and smooth, so it ends up having a very rustic look.  It reminds me a bit of the patterns produced on Japanese Bizen pottery.  It’s dappled in a range of colours from gunmetal grey to a deep copper colour.  I think I’ll make one to keep in this finish once I get through my waiting list.

And then fully polished

Something Colourful…

October 17th, 2011

Something interesting I made with a sample of marbled rubber I had.  It’s a pen with the same basic dimensions as a Nox, but with a large single tone Sheaffer nib, a polished finish, and a neat little inlay (a circle of bronze inside a circle of ebonite) on the blind cap end.  I’d originally intended it to be for me, but a customer saw it, wanted it, and after reminding myself that I’m in business to SELL pens, not to collect them, that was that.  I can always make myself another one…  and hide it.

This particular rubber is gone, but I have a green and black marbled rubber and a red/orange and black wood-grain rubber.  Price:  $550  + shipping.

New Oversized Colossus.

July 16th, 2011

Here’s a slightly oversized version of my Colossus in solid bronze. The regular version is already a handful (~60-65g), but this one ups the ante a bit. I had to pay very close attention to where the balance point ended up in order to make the weight comfortable. Once that was done, it became remarkably pleasant to write with. It takes quite a bit of labour to make one of these, but I think the results are pretty nice. The nib is a smooth firm fine with a slightly wet flow. A beautiful writer.


Barrel Material: machined bronze
Nib: Sheaffer Lifetime
Mechanism: Button filler

Length Capped: 5.18″
Length Uncapped: 4.99″
Barrel Diameter: 0.48″
Weight: 80.7g

Price: $500 + Shipping

A Custom ordered Small Nox

July 12th, 2011

I just recently got an interesting custom order from a member of the FPN board to do a Small Nox with a Sheaffer Triumph nib.  These are wonderful old nibs with a really unique look to them and are well suited to those people who still have to write on carbon copy pads.

Small Nox no.3

June 21st, 2011

This handy little version of the Nox has a great smooth and slightly springy Sheaffer #33 fine nib.

Length Capped: 4.87″

Length Uncapped: 4.75″

Cap Diameter: 0.50″

Barrel Diameter: 0.47″

Weight Empty: 24g

$400 + Shipping