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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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New photos for our Bock nib thread taps

We’re pleased to say we’ve finally made time to photograph the actual thread taps which suit our Bock nib housings. So instead of a representative picture on our website, now what you see is what you get.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/taps.html

Thread taps to suit Bock nib housings

Thread taps to suit Bock nib housings, available for Bock sizes 5 and 6

Left handed Bock nibs are now available from Beaufort Ink.

Left-handers hold their pens and cover the page differently to right-handers. A normal nib just doesn’t do the job for them because the way the tip is set up is wrong. Bock have tuned these nibs to suit left- handers specially for us, which now gives you the choice of left handed or right handed nibs when selling your fountain pens.

In stock in both sizes 5 and 6 with a medium point, they are available to buy on our website now.

Premium quality ink converters from Beaufort Ink

Our own long awaited ink converters for fountain pens are now in stock and available online.

Ideal for custom “kitless” pens, you can also upgrade the converter supplied with any pen kit to further improve the overall quality of your pen and add a premium to it’s selling price, especially if you are upgrading the nib as well. They fit all “standard international” fountain pens, which includes just about every fountain pen kit currently available on the market. They also fit all commercially available pens that take a “standard international” ink cartridge, and needless to say, they also fit our Bock nibs in both the Bock housings and the kit compatible housings.

Manufactured for us in Germany to exacting standards and tolerances, and made from the finest materials and components, they include specially designed, double sealed pistons to prevent seepage and assist ink intake, and are as smooth as butter to operate. They also feature smart nickel plated stainless steel seals and proudly carry our own name as a mark of quality.

♦ Double sealed piston
♦ Made from top quality components
♦ Smooth operation
♦ Nickel plated stainless steel seals
♦ Manufactured in Germany

Fountain pen ink converters from Beaufort Ink

Fountain pen ink converters from Beaufort Ink

Fountain pen ink converters from Beaufort Ink

New pen blanks in stock

New pen blanks now available from stock – including black walnut and padauk in fat sizes. We also have a small number of our popular wine cask blanks back in stock.

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Pen blanks from Beaufort Ink

Pen blanks from Beaufort Ink

Custom pen thread taps for Bock nibs

Taps to suit Bock nib housings in both size 5 and 6 are on the way, and available to pre-order right now on the website.

Any tap (or taps) will get a pre-prder 10% discount, and if you buy a complete set of three in either size, you’ll get a pre-order discount of over 17.5%

No voucher codes required – just a special pre-order deal which will run for the early birds until they arrive here, which will be soon we hope.

http://www.beaufortink.co.uk/taps

Thread taps for Bock nibs from Beaufort Ink

Thread taps for Bock nibs from Beaufort Ink