How’s this for a great photo?

Kelvin and his wife Christine at Pittswood Crafts kindly sent us this image, which we think is well worth sharing. Kelvin has turned a Jr Gent rollerball from one of our unique wine cask blanks and Christine has used her considerable talents to stage and photograph it.

Well done both, and thanks for your kind permission to share the photo, which is worthy of any high class lifestyle magazine in our opinion.

Jr Gent turned from a Beaufort reclaimed wine cask blank - image courtesy of Pittswood Crafts

Jr Gent turned from a Beaufort reclaimed wine cask pen blank – image courtesy of Pittswood Crafts

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

Notes on making a section for a Bock size 5 nib housing

We frequently get requests for advice regarding the correct proceedure for making fountain pen sections for Bock nib housings, particularly regarding size 5 nibs, which appear to give more trouble than the size 6 ones.

  • Standard practice when establishing the correct drill size for thread taps is to subtract the pitch from the diameter. In the case of a Bock size 5 housing, that would work out as 6.4 – 0.6 = 5.8However, the very bottom of the housing has a tiny non-threaded area which has a diameter greater than the drill size.  Therefore we recommend that you use a 6mm drill, which will allow the housing to be inserted easily, without compromising the integrity of the section thread.
  • Ensure that the non-threaded part of your section is marginally longer than the non- threaded part of the housing. This will allow the housing to locate on the tiny rim under the nib, and not locate by running out of thread, which could cause it to seize up. 
  • Run your taps through the thread as far as possible, right to the end of the cutters, to open up the minor diameter of you section thread as much as possible. Once you have cut your thread, run a tap in as far as possible by hand from the opposite end, which will also serve to open the minor and to clear any swarf or other detritus.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/bocksize5.html
Bock size 5 housing. See our website for full drawing

Bock size 5 housing. See our website for full drawing

 

Upgrading a Kaigelu 316 nib

Our Bock size 6 nibs are a perfect fit if you want to upgrade the nib in the ever popular Kaigelu 316 fountain pen

The existing nib and housing can pretty easily be knocked out. Although the Kaigelu 316 has a threaded Section, the housing is not threaded and is lightly glued in place. A Bock size 6 nib in a Bock housing can then be fitted in its place, which again does not interact with the pen’s Section thread, but is an excellent push fit with no glue required.

You will also need to replace the ink converter – our Premium push fit converter is ideal for the purpose, as it turns out the the “standard international” converter supplied with the Kaigelue 316 is not as “standard” as it should be.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/bocksize6.html

Kaigelu 316 fountain pen with a Bock 250 size 6 bi-coloured nib - Image courtesy of Dr Photios Zervas

Kaigelu 316 fountain pen with a Bock 250 size 6 bi-coloured nib – Image courtesy of Dr Photios Zervas

Nib special orders

We’re happy to order Bock nibs that are not in out usual range of stocked nibs, and here are two we recently supplied.

On the left is a Bock 250 size 6 in solid palladium, and on the right is a Bock 380 which is a whopping size 8, in solid 18k gold. We were asked to supply it with no engraving beyond it’s hallmark.

A bit pricey, but both beautiful nibs and the 380 comes with an ebonite feed

www.beaufortink.co.uk/bocknibs.html

Bock 250 in solid palladium and Bock 380 in solid 18k gold

Bock 250 in solid palladium and Bock 380 in solid 18k gold

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

Christmas opening 2015

Apart from a short break this coming weekend we are open next week right up to Christmas.

Friday 18th to Tuesday 22nd December CLOSED
Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 24th December OPEN
Friday 25th to Monday 28th December CLOSED
Tuesday 29th to Thursday 31st December OPEN
Friday 1st to Monday 4th January CLOSED
Tuesday 5th January onwards OPEN

May we take this opportunity to say thank you to all our customers for your support throughout the last year,and to wish everyone a very happy Christmas and New Year

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

Ebonite now available from Beaufort Ink

The chances are that you’ve never used ebonite for pen making. Up until now it’s been incredibly hard to find in the UK, but that has just changed.

Ebonite is used by the prestige classic pen manufacturers – Montblanc, Parker, Cross, Pelikan, Waterman, Montegrappa,  Choppard, you name them – they all use ebonite for their top marques, which in some cases sell for hundreds of pounds.

So we’ve sourced it and it’s available on our website right now. It’s one of the materials of choice for kitless pens, and it’s ideal for pen kits too.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/ebonite.html

Beaufort ink has ebonite available in 8 different colour ways including plain black

Beaufort ink has ebonite available in 8 different colour ways including plain black

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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