Fundraiser update

Hey Everybody!

First – a huge thanks to all of you who have supported our fundraiser.
We didn’t reach the goal of $33,000 (net), but without the eyes that Kickstarter gets, I’m very happy with how far we’ve gotten .  It’s enough to take care of the office build, and to put a huge chunk towards the new CNC (which I’ve already financed – it should be here sometime in February).

So far we’ve raised about $17,372 net, or $31,357 gross.

I wanted to remind you that tomorrow is the last day to get in on the fundraiser sale with all the discounts, and to share some of the pen sleeves that Elizabeth has made for us.

 

And here’s a shot of the new office.  Rain has really interrupted their work, but it’s coming along.

So tomorrow is the last day to get in on this fundraiser sale, but I won’t say no if you come in over the weekend.  🙂

Monday we’ll be going out of town for a few days for a Christmas cabin trip, so I’ll be away from the shop and email and stuff until after Christmas.  Very excited!  🙂

Happy Holidays everybody!  And thank you all so much!

New Material added for the Fundraiser!

Hey Everybody!

I just got a little bit of a new material for the fundraiser pens!  There’s enough for 8 pens.

It’s a Nikko ebonite I’m calling Amazon, with colors of the Brazilian flag, green, blue, and yellow.

For an Orville-C or Elizabethan

  1. Amazon ebonite – $180 (normal price is $200) – extras are $170
  2. Amazon ebonite, Clip – $195 (normal price is $215) – extras are $185

or a Prospector

  1. Amazon ebonite $400 (normal price is $425) – extras are $380

Fundraiser info page is here.  Ordering form is at bottom of that page.

 

Thanks!

 

Newton Pens Fundraiser – update!

Hi Everybody!

First I want to say thanks to everybody who has supported our fundraiser!

We’ve raised $15,474 so far ($27,893 when you include shipping, pen blanks, nibs, and other materials, taxes and fees).

We’ve already broken ground on the office for Elizabeth and I’ve put in an order for the Tormach.  I’m financing it, but I will be able to pay a good chunk of it up front, which will make a huge difference in long term payments.

We’re going to run the fundraiser for another couple of weeks into December, and if you want to throw us your support, you can see how to do that here.

I’ve already started on single pen orders, too!

Belize Cenote Elizabethans

Belize Cenote Orville-Cs

And a huge batch of Arkansas Sunset for all your pens.  🙂

I’ll order the ebonite we’ll need at the end of the fundraiser.

I should have it in February or March.

The Tormach is ordered and on back order.  They’re best guess is February sometime.  Things are moving along!  🙂

Thanks so much!
Shawn

 

 

17,000 Instagram followers – Fundraising – and discounts

Whoa we just hit 17,000 followers on Instagram!
Thank you all so much!
That means it’s time for a big fat give away!
I’m going to make something with my very last Jowo 8 gold nib (medium point) and one lucky person will get it for free!

Any standard style pen of your choice (and the Prospector).

Materials limited to what I have on hand or what we can easily find.  I have some really cool ebonites and a few Conway Stewart acrylics if you like those.  🙂

How do you enter?  Follow the rules on the next Instagram post you see with this nib in it.  🙂

Don’t forget to subscribe here at the website so next time Instagram goes down you can keep up. I’ve also decided to have a huge sale every time that happens, like 25% off! (Please don’t go hack Instagram 😂)

And don’t forget about our fundraiser, were about 1/3 of the way there with just over 12 grand (net) raised.
https://newtonpens.com/fundraiser-time/

Only about 21 grand to go!

And we also have some great pens on eBay right now to raise money for the scholarships. You’re helping high school kids pay for college when you bid.

https://www.ebay.com/usr/snennewton

😁👍

Thanks!

Another material!

Hey everybody!

First – thanks so much for all the support over the last few days for our fundraiser.  Fingers crossed we’ll reach our goal in a few weeks.  We’re at almost $8300 right now (after materials, fees, shipping).

I want to add another ebonite material to the list of options.

Peacock ripple.  It’s the same $40 extra as the Autumn ripple ebonite.

If you already made an order and want to change, just reply to the email I sent you with your total before and I’ll update my notes for you.

Thanks!

Big News!

Hey Everybody!

Okay, I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was trying to start a Kickstarter to raise money for a new machine and some shop improvements.  Well, that’s not going to happen.  My goal was too focused on growing my business, which they apparently don’t allow.  Instead, I’ll run the fundraiser here on my website, which means better discounts for you, since I won’t be giving fees to Kickstarter.

I have an exclusive-to-me-for-this-project resin from Bob Dupras we’re calling Belize Cenote.  You can’t get it anywhere else.  🙂

If you’re interested in supporting our goal, please read about it here.  There’s a link to the ordering page at the bottom of that page (with a few exciting hard to get materials, too).

And I would really appreciate if you shared this project among your fountain pen loving friends, too.  The more eyes this reaches, the more pens people get, the quicker I reach my goal and can improve on production and build an office for my wife.  🙂

More big news.

No more nib grinds.  I am still tuning every nib that goes out (even if you just buy loose nibs), but no more grinds.  I’m happy to send the pen to the nib grinder of your choice, but I want to focus more on the pens themselves, and sometimes I can get stuck on a grind and the time flies away, or the nib flies in the trash and I have to start over.   8)

Thanks so much for your support over the years.  I’m looking forward to the next 20.

 

 

A few new pens – and a late Happy Fountain Pen Day!

Happy late Fountain Pen Day!  I was at Vanness Friday night – first time in almost 2 years I got out of the shop for pen stuff.  I was NOT ready.  I forgot ink and converters at home.  X)  Thankfully Vanness had me covered.  And Corbin came along to keep me company.

To celebrate, everything in the store is $20 off through midnight tonight -November 8th 2021 (Central US time – so that gives you almost 16 hours), including these that I just finished!

Newest group of Orville C pens, small size.

Newton Pinstripe – $170 to 150

Dupras Water Lily Light $165 to $145

Dupras Amber Tortoise – $165 to $145

Dupras Red Steel – $165 to $145

Dupras Wahoo – $165 to $145

Dupras Adirondack Autumn – $165 to $145

D Squared Fuchsia Blue Eyes – $165 to $145

D Squared Strawberry Poison – $165 to $145

Hinze Blueberry Greens (with small void in barrel end) – $130 to 110

More Prospectors!

Hi everybody!  I just finished a batch of 16 Prospectors.

First up a group of 8 Omas acrylic (similar to their Arlecchino celluloid).  I made one last year and it got a lot of attention, so I wanted to offer some more.  There are 4 small and 4 medium size.  Fitted with a Jowo #6 nib on a Flexible Nib Factory ebonite housing and feed unit, with a converter.

To check inventory available visit the store page.

To purchase or ask questions – shawn@newtonpens.com

And next up a group of 4 small and 4 medium pens in various materials, with one threaded for a KOP nib unit.  I am not supplying a KOP nib with this, but I can help you fit your nib to the pen if you need help.

Omas Arlecchino acrylics- 4 available in small size
$395 each

Omas Arlecchino acrylics- 4 available in medium size
$395 each

And the various materials available –

Small – Clear gray and black acrylic $375

Small – Dupras Dark Blue Abalone – $390

Small – Brooks Primary Manipulation 1 – $415

Small – Nikko Blue/Gray swirl ebonite – $425

Small – Nikko Solid Gray – $425

Medium – Nikko Light Green – $425

Medium – Nikko Autumn Layers – $400 (there are tiny air bubbles that show up on the cap and barrel ends – so pen is discounted a little)

Medium – Nikko Beige ebonite and McKenzie Metallurgy resin – $450
This is threaded to take the oversized KOP nib unit.  The pen does not come with a nib unit or converter.  I am happy to help you fit your nib unit to this pen if you want help.

 

Kickstarting something new

So I’m getting ready to do something kind of big for us – a Kickstarter.  I don’t know if you remember, but back in January 2012 I started a campaign to raise just under $1,000 to buy some pen making equipment, and we raised over $4,000.  I have everything I need to make pens, but I want to make more, faster.  So this time around the Kickstarter is for another CNC lathe and some shop improvements.  We need around $50,000 for the machine, a level shop floor (Yes level.  The shop is an old car port and the floor slants towards the outside wall and it’s a pain just sitting at my desk.)  and better shelves and storage, too.  I have a LOT of small items sort of all over the place, and want to come up with some better storage solutions.

Along with that, we’re wanting to expand on the house a little bit.  Our house is a 3 bedroom, and the smallest is being used as Elizabeth’s office and sewing space.  Our plan is, if we can raise the money, to expand on our front porch making her a new office.  She’ll have more space than she does now with windows all around, and our youngest boy will have his own bedroom.  So fingers crossed.  🙂

Plus it’ll be nice to increase production speed, too, for those fountain pens.

I’m working on all that right now and some materials are coming in the mail very soon, and once that’s done I can start it up.  Hopefully only another week or two.  I’ll make announcements everywhere when we’re ready.  🙂

Tonight – up for offer are 4 Prospectors in some fancy Italian acrylics.  At least I’m about 99% sure Conway Stewart had their acrylics made in Italy.  The yellow/blue swirl is old Omas, so I know it’s from Italy.

You can see these and many more available pens here.

These are all medium size – .550″ Ø at the barrel threads, and about 5.500″ long, from tip of nib to end of barrel.  They come with Jowo 6 nibs fitted on ebonite feeds/housings.

Omas Yellow Blue – $400
Conway Stewart Classic Green – $395
Conway Stewart Evergreen – $410
Conway Stewart Crimson Whirl – $400

To purchase just send me an email – shawn@newtonpens.com – and let me know WHERE you’re at, and the NIB you want – point size and color.

Thanks

A few pens for sale

Hi Everybody,

Time to put some new pens up on the site again.
What I have today are some Orville C pens, small size.  The C denotes cone shaped ends rather than the normal flat top.

Also check my sales page to see everything else in stock.  To purchase or ask questions, please email me.  shawn@newtonpens.com

A picture of the ends:

All are small size.

L-R: Orville C D-Squared Patriotic Banana. D-Squared Hellebore (that’s a green rose).  D-Squared Fuchsia Blue Eyes.  Conway Stewart Burgundy Crush and Red Wave acrylics.  Conway Stewart Opal and clear gray acrylics.

Orville C, D-Squared Patriotic Banana, $175

Orville C, D-Squared Hellebore, $175

Orville C, D-Squared Fuchsia Blue Eyes, $175

Orville C, Conway Stewart Burgundy Crush and Red Waves, $185

Elizabethan, Conway Stewart Opal and clear gray, $185

Small size Orville C pens in Bob Dupras resins:

Dark Blue Abalone, $185

Misty Blues, $185

Old Mardi Gras, $185

Iris Fields, $185

Peacock Springs, $185

Ocean Cenote, $185

Orville C, Small Size, Bob Dupras resins

Mango Chutney lite, $185

Dark Plum Abalone, $185

Blue/Orange/White, $185

Hawaiian Fire, $185

Santa Rosa Beach, $185

Lupine, $185

Orville C, Small size

Brooks Fire Opal, $165

Brooks Springtime Forest (left), $165

Brooks Springtime Forest (right), $165

Bob Dupras Tortoise, $185

Bob Dupras Lavender Daisy, $185