Is it still 2019?

Hey everybody!
Goodness we’re keeping busy around here.  With the monthly auctions to raise money for scholarships, making Pinnacle pens for Vanness, trying to keep up with my orders and making production pens on the new CNC for inventory and to have at shows, and even helping my art teacher buddy out with his printing press, there’s never a moment to rest.  It’s not all work, I squeeze in a little video game play at night, too.  X)

New auction pens are going up today – I’m changing the main auction page – all the old auctions will remain visible forever as links below the newest open auctions.  Hopefully this will help with people seeing comments and making bids on new auction pens they want.

What’s coming up – let’s see – still modifying old Vanishing Points, Sailor KOPs, and Pelikans that you send to me.  Going to attempt a Montblanc 149 very soon.  It’s been on the table for a while just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

PEN SHOWS – Arkansas is March 15-17, Atlanta is April 5-7, Chicago is May 3-5.  More later.

SCHOLARSHIPS – If you’re a high school senior about to go into college, tech school, beauty school, vo-tech, whatever, apply for our scholarship now!  Deadline to apply is April 13th!

That’s all I can think of for now, but if you have any questions, holler!  🙂

Thanks!

Shawn

It’s not 2018 anymore

Hi everybody!  Wow the year is already over!  What a whirlwind it’s been too.

It’s January and that means National Handwriting Day!  I guess?  🙂

Some new news here at Newton Pens:

1 -No more raffling pens to help raise money for the scholarships every month, but I’ll make pens to put in the auctions, hopefully using little bits of special resins, ebonites, and celluloids as I find them.  I have a few pieces of tibaldi and arco celluloids that have been graciously donated by different kind folks.

The last raffle winner of 2018, and of the raffles in general, is #14, Ted A.  Congrats Ted!  I’ll send an email shortly.  You get a $225 credit towards a custom pen or something in the store.

You can still buy notebooks and postcards until they run out.  I’m still working on having some more made up.  I just need cover art.  🙂

Part B – If you want to donate or contribute to the fund, it’s easy.  You can click this link (it’s under the Scholarships heading at the top of the website) and donate there.  If you want to donate some pens or stationery items for our monthly auctions just send me an email – shawn@newtonpens.com – we can sort out the details, and I can send you a tax receipt, too.

New auctions already live here.

Edit: I need to apologize for a goof I made on some of the pens this month.  I accepted a couple of bids after midnight.  I didn’t pay close enough attention, but I’ll try to be more diligent in the future.

Remember every penny raised goes towards the scholarship and endowment funds.  This money goes to high school students to help pay for college expenses.  Not just college, but includes any type of higher ed like tech schools and beauty schools.  Whatever it is you’re doing to further your education.

Want to buy a pen without a wait?  You can see what’s new and available now in the store here.

Number 3 – And if you want to keep up with what’s going on around here on a more regular basis, check out our Instagram or Facebook pages (same content shared to both) @newtonpens and @NewtonPens.  You can also click the follow button on this website – near the bottom of your screen I think.  You can watch pens being made and finished and the occasional pic of our fur babies or actual kiddos.

I’m excited for 2019.  We’ve got lots of fun stuff in the works.

If you have questions about anything just shoot me a note – shawn@newtonpens.com

Thanks!

Welcome to the Party, Pal…

It’s almost Christmas!  That means it’s time for the best Christmas movie of all time!  DIE HARD!

Image result for die hard christmas movie

But it’s also time to do the normal monthly stuff around here – house cleaning and all that.

# 1 – Remember that this month is the last month we’ll be raffling pens out.  We will still give postcards and notebooks as gifts for your donations if you want them, but not raffling pens.  We have the monthly pen auctions now and that seems to be doing really well.

The monthly raffle!  This month the winner – picked by random dot org – is # 15 for Dwayne L!  He sends in a cool post card from Japan almost every month for the free entry and he won it this  month! 🙂  Congrats Dwayne!

Part B – If you want to donate or contribute to the fund, it’s easy.  You can click this link (it’s under the Scholarships heading at the top of the website) and donate there.  If you want to donate some pens or stationery items for our monthly auctions just send me an email – shawn@newtonpens.com – we can sort out the details, and I can send you a tax receipt, too.

3rd half – December auctions are live now- AUCTIONS – every penny raised from this goes to the scholarship fund which helps high school students with college expenses.  We’ve raised and given away almost $50,000 in the last 6 years.  You all are amazing!

Number four – And if you want to keep up with what’s going on around here on a more regular basis, check out our Instagram or Facebook pages (same content shared to both) @newtonpens and @NewtonPens.  You can watch pens being made and finished and the occasional pic of our fur babies or actual kiddos.

Take care!  Have a great December!

Newton Pen News, Raffles, and whatever else I can think of

Hi Everybody!

We’ve decided to end the raffles – Dec 2018 is the last month.  We’ll still sell notebooks and auction pens off to raise money for the scholarship fund, but I won’t be running the raffles for a free pen anymore.  Instead I’ll offer up a custom pen with a bit of some really cool rare material and auction those off.  I have enough pretty bits and pieces to last a year or so, and hopefully I’ll continue to be able to find bits of pretty materials for later.

This month number 11 was drawn, so congrats to Kathy M!  I’ll send you an email in a minute, but you get a $225 credit towards a new or custom made pen!

Still selling notebooks, will be working on new ones soon.  It’s getting closer to Christmas and I’d like at least 1 new cover available for you then.  🙂  Hoping to have 2 or 3.  Price will be $5 per notebook once we have them.

Lots of amazing pens up for auction this month!  A couple of Conway Stewart pens (from way before they became British Bespoke) and some other nice pens for you to pick from.

They’ll be live later but the main auction page is here.

Namisu, Conway, Conway, Parker, Sheaffer, Ensso

Getting closer to being able to offer production line pens with the help from my new lathe, too.  Stay tuned for details, watch my Instagram or Facebook pages to keep up.

I have 8 pens fresh off the new lathe (practicing and figuring out programming and all that) and am offering these today only for $125 in celebration of Fountain Pen Day 2018!  Tomorrow they’ll be $150, which for regular style clipless pens is what the production prices will be.

L-R: Green, Tortoise, Purple Yellow swirls, Black Orange celluloid, Clear Purple, Browns, Yellow swirls black cap, Black and white.

Clips

Bolt On

Here’s my bolt on clip prototype.  I’ll be using allen head bolts rather than flat head screws.

3d Printed

My first 3d printed clips are here too.  We’ll work in a few changes to make them a little springier, but this is going to be a good option if you want it.

Contact me with any questions.  shawn@newtonpens.com

Dallas Pen Show – Auctions – Scholarship Updates –

Hi Everybody!  Welcome to the monthly Newton Pens update post.

We went to the Dallas pen show last weekend – Sept 28 and 29.  Had a really great show.  We ate at the most amazing Italian restaurant Friday night.  Two Guys From Italy.  Holy shmoly it was good.  If you’re in Dallas you’d be crazy to miss out on this.

Here are the pens…

Elizabeth and me.

Elizabeth with a wrap.

The view from our table. 

Danny Fudge from The Write Pen, with Perry Kearney standing by.

Anna from Well Appointed Desk, Lisa Vanness from Vanness Pens.  This is her relaxed face.  X)

The auction pens did really well this month too.  We’ll have some more great items up for auction in the next few days.  I just gotta pencil in time to take the photos and update the website.

New inventory pens going up in a few days, too, and some of the old ones getting discounted fairly heavily.  I’ve been sitting on a few pens for a while now.  Expect to see prices around $175-200 for some of these.

Here’s a glimpse of what’s available now…

Some of our Pinnacle Prototypes are in there, too.  You can learn about the Pinnacle in this video-

The winner for September raffle is- Gabriel N, #13!  Congrats Gabriel!  I’ll be sending you an email shortly.

You can be like Gabriel and win a pen if you either – buy some postcards or notebooks and get a raffle number, or mail in a postcard to my PO box and get a free raffle number.  Or you can just make a donation and get a raffle number that way.  It’s so easy to enter for a free pen!  If you win you get a $225 credit towards any pen you like, or you could use that credit to buy a pen from the online store.  Remember, any money you spend or send in all goes to the scholarship fund!  This money goes to high school students going in to college.

To enter for free with a postcard, write a note saying “free entry to Newton Pens Scholarship raffle” with your name and an email address on there.  If I don’t have your contact info I can’t give you a raffle number.

Newton Pens
PO BOX  6084
Hot Springs, AR. 71902|
USA

If you have any questions about anything at all, especially if it’s pen related, just send me a note.  Shawn@newtonpens.com

Thanks!

Monthly updates – scholarship info – new items up for auction

Dallas pen show

We’ll be at the Dallas Pen show this year.  We’ve booked a wall table so come and find us.  Hopefully we’ll have a big sign on the wall with our name on it.

Shop expansion – Things have started rolling along here.  The stairs demo (house used to be a duplex) was last weekend and they’re framing it in right now.  This will give me space for a small CNC lathe.

Scholarship info & money raised so far.

Scholarship checks went out a couple weeks ago and our 9 recipients have all gotten their checks.  Thank you all so much for the support over the years.  This scholarship program means so much to me and you all are helping it to be a bigger and bigger success every year.  As of now we have $2002 for this next years scholarship awards already saved up!

New items up for auction.  Lots of goodies up for auction this month.

A few vintage pens, my purple binded Vanishing Point, a Faber Castell, a Mini Wood Productions pen, and a Kaweco Sport.

Notebooks and postcards – Make donations under the Donors section.

If you want to support the scholarship fund, you can either make a donation with no gift, or make a donation and ask for a gift.  We have notebooks and postcards.  We’re working on getting some more notebooks made up hopefully by Christmas.  Joey Feldman, Steve Light, and Leigh Reyes have agreed to contribute some art work.  We might be getting more.

Monthly Raffle

When you donate you get a number, and at the end of each month we pick a person to get a $225 credit towards any custom pen they want.  If you want extra features or a gold nib you’d need to pay for that.  US shipping and nib grinds are free.  International shipping is less $15 the actual total.

If you want to enter the raffle for free all you have to do is send a postcard to my PO box, with your name and email, and “Free Entry to NP Scholarship Raffle” written on it.  If there’s no contact info I can’t accept it.

Send cards to

Newton Pens
PO BOX  6084
Hot Springs, AR. 71902
USA

The winner from August, randomly picked from 1-37 using random.org is #2!!  Congrats to Seth E!!  Thanks so much for your continued support and I’ll be in touch shortly.  🙂

As always, if you have any questions please shoot me an email.  shawn@newtonpens.com

Scholarship Updates – Pen Shows

Hi Everybody!
I’m late writing my monthly update but here it is.
For July, Michael S (#8) was picked using random.org for a $225 credit towards a custom pen.

I’m going to cut checks today for the 2018 scholarship recipients. $8750 total! That’s all thanks to you. Your continued support means so much to me and I can only imagine how much it means to the students receiving scholarships.

To continue supporting the fund, you can make small donations to newtonpensscholarships@gmail.com via paypal, receive your choice of postcards or notebooks (what we have left), or just make a donation.  We’re working on getting some new notebooks by Christmas, or maybe early January, with some great artwork, and all Tomoe river paper on the insides.  I’ve already got 3 really great artists lined up to design some covers, and am working on getting one or two more.  If you know anybody give me a holler.  🙂

Every donation gets a raffle number assigned with it, so you have a chance at winning a $225 credit towards a free pen.  Free grind included if you want one, and free shipping in the US (discounted international shipping).

The rules for entering the monthly raffle are here.

If you want to enter for free, you can do that too.  Just send me a postcard with your name and email address, and write “Free entry to Newton Pens Scholarship raffle” and send it to

Newton Pens
PO BOX  6084
Hot Springs, AR. 71902
USA

We also have some auctions going on.  So many people have been so kind and donated some really great items over the last year.  This month we have this– and some really great mechanical pencils, and 2 lots of vintage pen parts.  I’m headed out right now to visit a ceramics artist friend of mine to pick up a vase he’s donated to the auction.  I’ll post photos of that on Instagram once I have it in hand.  🙂

PEN SHOW NEWS-

We’re going to be at the Dallas Pen Show this year on a wall somewhere.  September 28 and 29.  Come see us!

If you have any questions give me a holler – shawn@newtonpens.com  – THanks!

 

Scholarship Auctions

Hey Everybody,

The Orville arco auction is over and went for $500!  Thanks so much!  $225 of that total is going to the scholarship fund.

There are some new auction items up ready to be won!  Every penny raised from these will go to the scholarship fund.

We still have a few notebooks and quite a few postcards available.  Wanting to get them sold out quick so we can get some new notebooks made up.  I’m working on getting some art from some really great people and a couple have already said yes!  So thanks to Joey Feldman and Leigh Reyes!