News and Updates

The occasional repair

Every now and then somebody sends me a pen with a broken part to see if I can fix or make a new part. Here's an Ancora that I was sent.  Customer asked if I could make an entire new section.  Sure why not?  🙂
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Boxes are here!

The first four boxes are here!  And I'm so excited!   🙂 (and they're free with a pen order) The insides of the boxes are not lined, but your pen will be in one of my wife's cloth wraps, so it will be snug as a bug in a rug. ...
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Boxes!

I struck a deal with a friend of mine here in town - I've got custom boxes! I'm very excited about this. This one is mine - just a rough prototype - but hopefully you'll get an idea. We're also going to put a notch in the top of the...
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3rd for 2014 Graduating Seniors

August 16th update And #15 gets it!  Yaaay!! Congrats!!   It’s that time again – and here’s the newest pen for the .  It’s made from Golden Brown acrylic, and comes with a #8, 18k gold nib.  Full disclosure - I'm going to take the cost of the nib out...
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Big pen with Big nib

Finally made a pen to take the #8 nib.  It's big.  I should be able to offer this nib in the medium sizes up to the larger size pens.  I'll have to make a medium to be sure it will fit, not sure yet.  These nibs are $175. The pen...
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Tubes

Hi Pen Peeps! I've been using these schedule 40 PVC tubes to ship my pens in since they're pretty much indestructible.  You could run one of these over with a truck and it would be fine.  In fact, I rolled my new metal lathe into the shop on several cut...
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Logo and Engravings

I've got a proper logo developed thanks to some help from one of my fantastic customers. This is the image that will go on my nibs from now on.  🙂     I've also added a new page under the Gallery link in the toolbar above that takes you directly...
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Engraving!

Engraving!  This is my first piece, practice, but it was so much fun!  Can't wait to do more. This is from a picture of a bonsai tree I found on the net. I used a couple of different types of burins from my wood engraving toolbox to do this. The...
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2014 Scholarship #2

#9 got it! Congrats! And thanks to everybody SO MUCH for participating. This scholarship is set to reach more kids than the first. Hopefully every year I'll be able to continue increasing the number of people helped with this money.
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#8 Nibs Are Here!

Newton Pens now offers the larger size pens with #8 nibs. They come in 18k gold, two tone fine, medium, or broad, with any grind that you like. They are $200 each.
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Always more work…

Sometimes when making your pens I goof up a bit.  And by a bit I mean that I have to start ALL THE WAY OVER.  😀  It makes for good practice, even if it's sometimes quite frustrating.  Here are a few examples of my goofs recently. First, a group shot. ...
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The Last 10

I'm creating a new page that I'll update as often as I upload pics of pens.  It's going to be a page where you can go to see the last 10 or so pens I've made. There will be a link in the black toolbar near the top of the...
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My first big order… FINISHED.

I just finished, and that means last night, my first group order.  This was made for the New Mexico Pen Collectors Club.  I made 14 pens in all. And here they are.  🙂 Made from alien snot acrylic. They are 4 3/8″ closed, 4″ open, and 6 1/8″ posted.
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2014 Scholarship Give Away #2

  It’s that time again – and here’s the newest pen for the .  It’s made from a translucent gray acrylic with white stripes twisting around it.  I call it Gray Ghost.  🙂   I’ll use a random number picker and will have it pick from the numbers available.  So...
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Pens with Kids.

I stopped in to Vanness this morning and was poking around behind the counter, looking at inks, and some kids came in with a lady who was exploring the cake side of the store.  The kids were exploring the pen case, the girl in green especially, commenting on how pretty...
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Scholarship for 2014 graduates!

#19 Won!  Congrats! Sold 5 more last night! That brings the total up to $260 plus donated money and my part from pen sales! $90. That makes the total raised so far $350! Thanks everybody! Update!  Just sold 5 more!  😀 $400!!!  We're off to such a great start this...
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Second named.

This one was named by the young lady who received a scholarship.  She chose to name it after herself.  It reminds me of the ruffs worn around the necks of some men and women in late 16th century England. Here is The Elizabethan.
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And one has a name.

So recently I set out to name some of my more popular, and most often requested, styles of pens, to try to make it easier for people to order from me.  It could also act as a starting point - "I want this pen, but with these mods." After a...
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Group Order

Here's one I'm doing for the New Mexico Pen Collectors Club. These are all going to be pocket pens.
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Threads!

My first experiment with threading.  And it was good!  🙂  I love my new lathe. Now to master it, then double and quad start threads.  🙂
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