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How to build a custom steampunk fountain pen

With thanks to Vasilev Eftim who sent us this link to the processes he used to create this outstanding pen he’s just made. You’ll need your Google translator if you don’t happen to speak Russian, but it’s most definitely well worth a look.

http://steampunker.ru/blog/our_workshop/15287.html

Custom steampunk fountain pen by Vasilef Eftim

Custom steampunk fountain pen by Vasilef Eftim

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

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.

Bock fountain pen nibs now available in the UK

After successful talks with possibly the world’s most prestigious nib manufacturers, we are delighted to announce that we are now agents for Bock fountain pen nibs in the UK.

Bock’s nibs, which rank amongst the best in the world, have long been sought after by discerning pen makers but have always been difficult to obtain. Beaufort Ink has made them available online in different sizes for different pens, different point widths for different tastes, in polished steel, gold plate, bi-colour plate and for those extra special pens, 18 carat solid gold. They can be purchased pre-assembled with a choice of housings and feeds, including ones that are compatible with popular pen kits, and their range also includes calligraphy nibs.

With access to Bock nibs now made simple, pen makers have the ability to easily upgrade their fountain pens for the first time in the UK, and transform lovingly turned pens in to world class writing instruments.

www.beaufortink.co.uk/bocknibs

Bock nibs from Beaufort Ink

Bock nibs from Beaufort Ink