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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.


Custom steampunk fountain pen by Vasilef Eftim

Custom steampunk fountain pen by Vasilef Eftim

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.

Bock size 5 housing. See our website for full drawing

Bock size 5 housing. See our website for full drawing


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