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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.

Sophie of Wessex receives her Beaufort Mistral fountain pen

HRH Princess Sophie Countess of Wessex has recently taken over from the Queen as Patron of the Blind Veterans Association. To mark the occasion of her visit to open their new Llandudno centre, the Association decided they would present Sophie with a hand made pen, and Bill Mooney, a member of the Association who is both a veteran and almost totally blind, was asked to make it.

We were asked if we would help, and were happy to donate some Mistral pen kits for Bill to use. We also happened to know (goodness knows how) that Sophie is left handed, so in addition, we donated a Bock left handed nib to fit in her pen.

Bill made four Mistrals in total, one of which was presented to Sophie, and was also used to sign the official documents of the day. A second one was given to her to take home to Hubby, HRH Prince Edward, and the two others were auctioned by the association to raise funds for their work.

Bill Mooney is such a lovely man, who after serving in the forces, spent his remaining career as a professional woodturner until his deteriorating sight overcame him. Despite his poor eyesight, he remains though a talented pen maker, and many a young turner and pen maker has benefited from his experience, not to mention the Blind Veterans association, from which he both benefits, but also works tirelessly to help raise funds through his pen making.

Congratulations to Bill, both for the honour and for his remarkable work.

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

Sophie Countess of Wessex being presented with a Beaufort Mistral fountain pen by Bill Mooney of the Blind Veterans Association

Sophie Countess of Wessex being presented with a Beaufort Mistral fountain pen by Bill Mooney of the Blind Veterans Association

Princess Sophie of Wessex signing the official documents of the day, with her new Beaufort Mistral fountain pen, at the opening of the Blind Veterans Association's new Llandudno centre

Princess Sophie of Wessex signing the official documents of the day, with her new Beaufort Mistral fountain pen, at the opening of the Blind Veterans Association’s new Llandudno centre

Introducing our new Tempest pen kit

If you’re looking for a click pen with a reliable mechanism, here it is. With a specially engineered mechanism designed to keep on clicking, it’s available to buy online right now.

Introducing the new Tempest click ballpoint from Beaufort Ink

Introducing the new Tempest click ballpoint from Beaufort Ink

www.beaufortink.co.uk/tempest.html

Have you seen the new Mistral ballpoint pen kits and pencil kits yet?

Have you seen the new Mistral ballpoints and pencils yet? They’ve been on line for a couple of weeks now.

Long awaited, we now have the the final additions to out world class suite of Mistral pen kits, which we believe are possibly the only suite of kits available word wide that truly do match. Choose from a fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint and pencil.

All kits in the suite are designed by us and made to our renowned  exacting standards and tolerances, and feature premium platings, a choice of accent colours and our own high quality nibs, converters, refills and mechanisms.

See the full range of Beaufort Mistral pen kits and Mistral pencil kits here
www.beaufortink.co.uk/mistral.html

The Beaufort Mistral suite of pen kits are all designed to match one another and are available as a fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint and pencil - Image courtesy of Brad Herrington

The Beaufort Mistral suite of pen kits are all designed to match one another and are available as a fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint and pencil – Image courtesy of Brad Herrington

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

A new nib on the scene (and a bit of nib knowledge too)

This is our brand new size 5 fountain pen nib, which is supplied as standard with all Beaufort Mistral fountain pen kits, and will also be available to buy on line within the next few days. We promised elsewhere that we’d publish a bit of information about it, so here it is.

Nearly all pen kits are supplied with a so called IPG nib, so called because they are engraved “Iridium Point Germany”. Nothing is further from the truth as they don’t have an iridium point, nor have they ever been any closer to Germany than Shanghai. They might as well claim they are made on the moon.

Iridium point is a different issue – once upon a time, European nibs were all tipped with iridium, which is an extremely hard metal in the same group as platinum, that neither corrodes or tarnishes with the effect of ink. These days, tips are not pure iridium but are an alloy of precious metals, specially formulated by each manufacturer and kept a closely guarded secret, but the further east you go, the less precious the alloy gets, to the point that some of them are nothing more than a bit of stainless steel with drop of cobalt added.

The new Beaufort nib has been a long time in development. It really is made in Germany, to our own specification, and with our own precious metal tips. They are as smooth as butter to write with, with an excellent ink flow, and make the difference between a nice pen kit and an excellent writing instrument.

If you are interested in making excellent writing instruments, then you have the Mistral, which is one of only a tiny handful of pen kits worldwide that is supplied with a nib that isn’t out of the Far East. You also have the ability to upgrade the nib in most pen kits with our popular and established range of Bock nibs, and now you also have a slightly cheaper option to upgrade with our new Beaufort nib, which will go on sale at about the £8 mark.

It is a two tone gold plated nib with a medium writing point, and is currently available in size 5 only. Other writing points will follow in time, as will a size 6 version, and we are also currently working on a full-flex nib, which we think will be of interest to many fountain pen owners.

Here it is – we hope you like it.

Beaufort Ink size 5 fountain pen nib

Beaufort Ink size 5 fountain pen nib

Announcing the all new Mistral pen kits from Beaufort Ink

Designed to sit amongst the highest quality kits available, our Mistral range of matching fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil  are made to the most exacting standards and tolerances, feature premium quality platings and come with the very best of nibs, refills and German made mechanisms.

Aimed squarely at the higher end of the market, the Mistral suite of pen kits has been designed by us from first principles for those occasion when you need a prestige pen kit without compromise.

Introductory offers include a 10% discount and free Bock nib upgrades and extra refills. Offers end on 8th May 2016

www.beaufortink.co.uk/mistral.html

The all new Mistral pen kits from Beaufort Ink

The all new Mistral pen kits from Beaufort Ink

Refillable rollerball nibs

Introducing our refillable rollerball nibs.

A strange concept? No, a good one. Our innovative refillable rollerball nibs take a “Standard International” ink converter or ink cartridge, and therefore can be refilled in just the same way as a fountain pen. Available with a black or chromed finish, they are ideal for makers of kitless pens or custom pens, and many pen kits can also be adapted to accept them.

Needless to say, we have the corresponding thread taps to match, and you probably already know about our premium ink converters.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/rbnibs.html

Our refillable rollerball nibs are used with an ink cartridge or ink converter, just like a fountain pen

Our refillable rollerball nibs are used with an ink cartridge or ink converter, just like a fountain pen

Introducing our new range of ebonite pen blanks

Ebonite pen blanks now in stock. Receive an introductory discount of 10% until 12th December 2015.
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