Monthly Archives: July 2016

Triple start thread taps and dies now in stock

Great news for makers of kitless pens or custom pens.

Triple start threads, or triple lead threads are popular amongst pen makers because it means the  pen cap can be removed or replaced with fewer turns.  Whereas, depending on the length of your thread,  it takes several turns of the cap to screw it on with a single start thread, a triple start thread will do it in a couple of turns or less and is far more professional that way.

They’re not cheap, but there again they are not poor quality throw away items either. Made specially for us from M2 HSS steel by TapCo, the globally acclaimed precision thread cutting specialists, they are available as a set comprising  a split die paired with an intermediate (second) tap, which with care and proper use will last a lifetime.

Currently available in 10 x 0.8 and 12 x 0.8, the range will be expanding over the coming weeks and months to include six sizes from 9mm up to 14 mm

www.beaufortink.co.uk/3starttapsanddies.html

Triple start thread taps and thread dies are now in stock at Beaufort Ink

Triple start thread taps and thread dies are now in stock at Beaufort Ink

Upgrading a Baoer 388 nib

Our latest extravagant indulgence has arrived at last, a Baoer 388 for which we had to splash out a massive £1.97  –  delivered. Rediculous!!

And what a great little pen it is – we can’t fault its appearance, balance, feel in the hand and so on, but the nib is truly horrible. Nothing wrong with its looks –  well, we could live with it anyway, considering what we paid for it. Nothing wrong with the ink flow either, but scratchy? Scratchy is not the word. Abrasive would be more like it.

Maybe we’ve just got a particularly bad example.

That doesn’t matter in the slightest though because the main purpose of buying the pen was to find out if a Baoer 388 can be upgraded with a Bock nib. Not a week goes by when we don’t get asked if a Baoer will take a Bock nib, so we decided it was time to find out for ourselves.

It can. A size 5 Bock nib to be precise. We had to remove the Bock from its housing and fit it in the Baoer housing, but the geometry of the two nibs is identical and the new one is a perfect fit, and so is our own Beaufort size 5 nib.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/bocksize5.html
www.beaufortink.co.uk/bfisize5.html

It's easy to upgrade a Baoer 388 nib. A Bock size 5 and a Beaufort size 5 are both perfect fits

It’s easy to upgrade a Baoer 388 nib. A Bock size 5 and a Beaufort size 5 are both perfect fits