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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

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