Fitting the accent cabochon to a Mistral pen kit

The accent components for Mistral pen kits are currently available in a choice of 5 different platings. They consist of a ring for the centre band and a cabochon for the cap finial, and are supplied in a small bag with the kit itself. Supplying them unfitted allows us to offer Mistral pen kits in no less than 15 different colour combinations.

Fitting the centre band accent ring is very straight forward and is dealt with in the instructions for the kit, which are downloadable from our main website. Most of the time, fitting the cabochon is straight forward too, but just occasionally it can be a little tricky. In all cases though, any problems that arise can be easily overcome.

When pressing components into a pen tube, the tube has a little bit of “give” in it. If the inside of the tube is clean and free of dirt or glue, there is rarely a problem. On the other hand, the cap finial into which the the cabochon needs to be pressed has no “give” in it whatsoever. We are aware of that, and the difference in size between the small stem of the cabochon and the hole it fits into is incredibly small in order to facilitate a satisfactory compression fit. The cabochon usually presses into the finial with a pop, so that the top surfaces of both elements are flush with each other.

Just occasionally however, in instances where the stem of the cabochon might have a slightly thicker covering of plating, and the inside of the hole in the finial also does too, because the platings on Mistral pen kits are pretty much bomb proof the combination of a few extra microns on both parts can cause the cabochon to be incredibly difficult to press in. As already said, most of the time it presses in with a satisfying pop without much effort, but if it seems that it isn’t going in without excessive force, simply take it out again and run a 5mm drill bit through the hole in the finial. You don’t even need to mount the drill bit, you can hand hold it – you are only removing a few microns of plating. You will then find that the finial will go in with no effort, and you may even need to introduce a small spot of glue on the stem to stop it rattling if you’ve overdone the part with the drill bit.

The converse of this is in instances where both elements have a covering of plating that is a little thinner. That can mean that the cabochon could be a little loose in the finial, in which case a spot of glue on the stem will again solve the problem.

It goes without saying that the plating on the parts that will ultimately remain visible is tightly controlled. The need to occasionally ream out the hole or introduce glue to the proceedings is not a reflection on the quality of our pen kits, it is just that the parts that will not be seen are used logistically to facilitate the plating of the parts that will be seen, and therefore cannot be controlled quite so tightly. We could easily factory fit all the accents in order to prevent these issues from ever arising, but that would also serve to reduce the choices we are able to offer. We hope you agree that the occasional spot of glue or use of a hand held drill bit, both of which are the work of seconds,  is a price worth paying for the quality and choices we are able to offer.

http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/mistral.html

Accent cabochons correctly fitted on a collection of Beaufort Mistral pen kits

Accent cabochons correctly fitted on a collection of Beaufort Mistral pen kits

Get a free pen kit until 3rd August

To celebrate the launch of 2 new platings in our Leveche pen kit range, we’re giving away a free kit until the end of Friday 3rd August.

But 5 Leveche kits in any mix of platings and any pen type, and receive a chrome Leveche fountain pen completely free of charge.
(no voucher code required)

http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/leveche.html

Buy any 5 Leveche pen kits from Beaufort Ink and get a 6th one free

Buy any 5 Leveche pen kits and get a 6th one free

Ti Gold Mistrals back in stock

Yep, we managed to run out – sorry. However, we’re pleased to say that our ever popular Ti Gold Mistral fountain pen kits and rollerball kits are back in stock again.

Thanks for your patience to everyone who’s been waiting for them.

Our Mistral range of pen kits compare with the best available worldwide, and are the only suite of kits with matching fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint and pencil kits. Each type matches all the others, meaning that they can be used to make sets in any combination, and therefore you are not limited to just pairing up a fountain pen with a rollerball.

http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/mistral.html

Our ever popular, high end Mistral pen kits are back in stock

Our ever popular, high end Mistral pen kits are back in stock

Gilded Mistrals – Different and worth a look

Well, here’s something a bit different. Pen makers have been casting pen blanks for years, traditionally from coloured acrylics but more recently also using images applied to tubes, then sealed in a clear resin

Our thanks to Patrick R for allowing us to share his photo, which shows a pair of Beaufort Mistral pens, made from oak, then covered in gold leaf.

His method was to turn the oak to a size smaller than the bushes, apply the gold leaf – one of them here is yellow gold, the other is white gold, then cast them in clear resin which he then re-turned and finished to size. The result is a gold leaf pen which is fully encased and protected, that also shows the grain of the wood underneath.

We think they look great, but even if the finished result isn’t your cup of tea, you have to admit it’s an innovative idea. What clever customers we have!

A pair of Beaufort Mistral pen kits made using oak with gold leaf and white gold leaf

A pair of Beaufort Mistral pen kits made using oak with gold leaf and white gold leaf

Watch this cracking video – the Mistral explained

Our thanks to John Clothier for allowing us to share his recent video on the Beaufort Mistral. John very clearly explains the Mistral fountain pen kit, part by part, and after turning the barrels from his own hybrid cast blanks he then goes on to demonstrate the correct procedure for assembling the components in the pen press.

And what a lovely pen he makes too.

You can see Mistral pens kits on our website here:
http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/mistral.html

But do have a look at John’s video too – it’s well worthwhile (and yes, the grooves on the bushes are wear indicators)

Meet our new pen kit – the Beaufort Leveche

Available to buy right now on our website, the Leveche is the latest addition to our range of pen kits. Pronounced lev-esh, it is designed and engineered to our usual high standards of manufacture, and is currently offered in gold plate and chrome plate, as a fountain pen kit and as a rollerball kit. Other plating options may follow in time according to demand.

Take a look at the new Leveche here: http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/leveche.html

If you want to check out the blanks we used to make these pens, take a look at our range of pen blanks here

Leveche fountain pen kit in a Kirinte "Oyster" pen blank

Leveche fountain pen kit in a Kirinte “Oyster” pen blank

Leveche fountain pen kit in a "Seduction" polyester pen blank

Leveche fountain pen kit in a “Seduction” polyester pen blank

Rose-gold plated nibs from Bock

Introducing our new range of rose-gold plated pen nibs from Bock.

Now in stock, our new range of rose-gold plated fountain pen nibs is available in both sizes 5 and 6. We have them in Bock’s own housings and in our own
“pen kit compatible” housings for the benefit of those making pens from pen kits.

Bock’s own housings will screw directly into many commercially available pens including (and these are only examples), models by Kaweco, Karas, Conid and Visconti. The nibs themselves can be swapped into the existing housings of a huge amount of pens including TWSBI and Jinhao and Faber-Castell. and our pen kit compatible housings will screw directly into a wide range of pen kits including Mistral, Baron and Classic Elite.

Bock fountain pen nibs stand for quality and precision, and rank amongst the most prestigious in the world. We are possibly the largest distributor of their
nibs worldwide and rose-gold is just one of several exciting new ranges of Bock nibs recently added to our website.

Check out our huge range of Bock fountain pen nibs here.
http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/bocknibs.html

Rose gold plated nibs by Bock are available in Bock's own housing and in a pen kit compatible housing

Rose gold plated nibs by Bock are available in Bock’s own housing and in a pen kit compatible housing


Last chance to get a free pen kit

Our free Sirocco pen kit offer ends this Sunday (4th March)

The Beaufort Sirocco is the original, British designed pen kit with Sierra compatible tubes for tube-in blanks, and a smooth, finial mounted mechanism. It’s supplied with a Parker style high quality Beaufort refill and is available in a choice of 5 high quality platings.

Buy 5 Sirocco pen kits in any mix of platings and receive a chrome/gunmetal Sirocco completely free.

There is no voucher code required – just place your order as normal and the free kit will automatically be added to your basket.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/sirocco.html

Buy 5 Sirocco pen kits in any mix of platings and get a Sirocco in chrome/gunmetal completely free

Buy 5 Sirocco pen kits in any mix of platings and get a Sirocco in chrome/gunmetal completely free

Custom pens just got easier

If you make custom pens, often called kitless pens, or it’s something you’ve been considering and been daunted by the prospect, we’ve just made things a whole lot easier.

We have introduced a range of ready-made sections for fountain pens, that are already engineered and threaded to take Bock nibs.

The section is the component into which the nib assembly is screwed, and is possibly the most complicated element of making a pen from first principles. Made by Bock themselves, our new range of sections takes away the need for all the maths and geometric calculations, not to mention the need to cut both male and female threads on a wafer thin component. They represent a transition between pens made from kits and full custom pens, and still allow the maker complete freedom of design whilst removing a lot of the headaches.

Available for size 5 and size 6 nibs, we have them in stock on a wide range of platings and finishes, and are on our website to order right now.

http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/bocksections.html

Ready-made sections for custom pens or so called kitless pens

Ready-made sections for custom pens or so called kitless pens

Introducing our new Sirocco pen kit

Having launched our brand new Sirocco pen kit at the end of June, we thought it was high time we mentioned it in our blog – in fact long overdue.

The Sirocco, like all our other pens kits, is designed by us and manufactured to our usual high standards and tolerances. It uses exactly the same size of tube as a Sierra kit, but there the similarity with a Sierra stops.

Unlike a Sierra, the Sirocco has its twist mechanism mounted in the finial, not in the nib, which means that the mechanism can no longer get stranded inside the pen if it’s taken apart the wrong way. Not only that, the quality of the  mechanism, combined with the high standards of engineering used to make the components that go into the pen, result in a high end kit that has been  acknowledged by our customers as being well balanced, comfortable to write with, and possibly smoother in operation than any other single barrel pen kit out there.

Because it’s tube is the same as a Sierra tube, it means that a huge choice of pre-made or pre-cast pen blanks is available for the Sirocco, from the many, many artisan blank makers around the world. It is therefore not only a pleasure to make, and a pleasure to write with, but extremely versatile too.

Supplied with a Beaufort Ink parker style refill, the Sirocco is available in a choice of plating options, so why not visit our online shop and check it out.

http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/sirocco.html

The Beaufort Sirocco is available in three different plating options, and we'll be adding more options over the coming weeks and months.

The Beaufort Sirocco is available in three different plating options, and we’ll be adding more options over the coming weeks and months.