Perfect pens and Pencils Pens are not found in packs of 6 or 12 at your local news agents or department store. Our handmade pens are designed and crafted to be as individual as the person using them.
No two people are exactly the same. We all have very different personalities, different tastes, and we each have very individual styles of handwriting. A quality handmade pen will not only feel great and function very well, it will also look great whether it be on your desk in your shirt pocket or in your hand whilst writing that letter or signing that very important document.
We understand this, so each one of our precision writing instruments begins with the selection of suitable raw materials and components to meet our client’s needs. We use mainly exotic woods from both local suppliers and from all over the world. On occasion and to provide variety to our clients we have also crafted and sourced other raw materials such as Polyester and epoxy resins, Carbon Fibre, Banksia Cones, and even stabilised and colour dyed corn cobs.
Once the raw material for a pen has been chosen, a complimentary set of quality hardware components are also selected to compliment the raw material. Some woods work best with gold hardware, whilst others work better with chrome, copper, and gunmetal titanium. The hardware for the pen decides not only the metallic components, but also the form and general shape and size of the pen.
With all the pieces of the pen selected and ready, the raw material is turned to shape using a lathe or ornamental lathe in some cases.
The wood is then sanded and finished. It is during this time that our expert craftsmanship really shines. The key components of a great pen are generally found in three categories, which are known within the pen crafting industry as the Three F's: Form, Fit and Finish.
The form of the pen is the overall shape of the pen. Unsightly shapes or awkward to hold shapes and harsh lines can be very uncomfortable in the hand and can be distracting and not very aesthetically pleasing. It takes a very keen eye to craft a very pleasing pen that not only looks great, but feels great.
The fit of your pen refers to the way that the pen material fits together with the selected hardware. A nice and very usable pen will normally have slow and very gentle curves and meet precisely with the metal hardware. If the hardware is slightly higher or lower than the raw material, the pen will most certainly feel uncomfortable to use. It takes precise measurements to make sure that the pen material meets the same smooth lines of the hardware being used.
The finish of your pen is generally the last step in completing the hand crafting process and is often where most time is spent. Applying a high-gloss finish adds depth and detail to the grain of the wood being used. This finish is applied in several coats (In most cases up to 20 coats of finish are applied). After each coat has dried, the pen is sanded again before then being buffed and polished to a very high-gloss and hard wearing shine.
Once your material has gone through the finishing process, the pen can then be finally assembled using specialised assembly techniques.
Each pen once fully assembled is then very closely inspected to ensure the Three F’s are met. From here each and every pen is then photographed, catalogued, and added to our web site. Why not browse our new and past works or visit our shop right now and find a quality handcrafted pen that suits your style and needs.