The boss is a pen maker, and he is frequently asked what finishes he recommends for our pen kits, the answer to which will of course depend on what the pen is being made from in the first place. However, in his opinion, as far as wood is concerned you are never going to achieve a good, strong, lasting finish from wax products alone, and CA, which was never intended as a finish, simply serves to encase the wood in a plastic shell, thereby losing touch with the wood itself.
It’s a personal choice of course, but for most woods he prefers liquid melamine, and Phil has finally found time to write down his method.
Click the link below to see Phil’s tutorial on achieving success with melamine as a pen finish. It’s in PDF format and should just open on your screen.
Achieving success with melamine as a pen finish
Have you seen the new Mistral ballpoints and pencils yet? They’ve been on line for a couple of weeks now.
Long awaited, we now have the the final additions to out world class suite of Mistral pen kits, which we believe are possibly the only suite of kits available word wide that truly do match. Choose from a fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint and pencil.
All kits in the suite are designed by us and made to our renowned exacting standards and tolerances, and feature premium platings, a choice of accent colours and our own high quality nibs, converters, refills and mechanisms.
See the full range of Beaufort Mistral pen kits and Mistral pencil kits here
The Beaufort Mistral suite of pen kits are all designed to match one another and are available as a fountain pen, rollerball, ballpoint and pencil – Image courtesy of Brad Herrington
Our range of spare tubes for pen kits continues to grow, with tubes now available for around 30 different kits, including the Pristina and Roman Harvest.
Tubes for the Zeta are also now back in stock and we also have a selection of pre-coloured black and white tubes for those that prefer not to have to bother with the spray can, plus 7mm and 27/64 tubes in 10 inch lengths for those who want to cut their own or need bespoke lengths for special projects.
We realise that tubes for specific kits are available from the manufactures themselves, but this is simply another service we offer. If you find youselves in need of some tubes for whatever reason, there’s a good chance you’ll find what you need here.
Pen tubes and spares now available from Beaufort Ink
We are pleased to announce the addition to our website of a large selection of tubes, mechanisms, springs and other and spares for a wide range of pen kits, including sierra types, cigars, bullets, slimlines, Omegas, Zetas, Jr Gents to name but a few. The list is already quite extensive, with more to be added shortly, and
if there is anything you would like to see appear, just shout and we will see what can be done.
Spare tubes from Beaufort Ink are available for many pen kits
After launching our new website at the end of November last year, and receiving overwhelmingly glowing reviews of our ink refills from all quarters, we enter 2015 in the knowledge that our claims regarding quality and value for money are entirely backed up by those who have had the opportunity to try them out for themselves.
From the outset, our aim has been to produce ink refills of the very highest quality at the best possible price, in order to provide a real alternative to the poor refills supplied with pen kits and to refills available from suppliers elsewhere.
Throughout the coming year, we hope to build on our ink refill core products, by introducing other items which we feel will be of benefit to pen makers, that are either hard to find, hard to get in modest quantities, or which can be improved upon through better design, material or manufacturing. We have already been through that process with pen display stands, on which I hope to bring further news in the next few days.
Beaufort Ink’s philosophy has, and always will be that there is no merit whatsoever in selling the same thing as everyone else, which only serves to dilute the marketplace to the ultimate detriment of everyone. Discussions over the past few weeks between Taylors Mirfield and Beaufort Ink have highlighted the fact that our approaches and philosophies are very similar.
As a result, and as a measure of the confidence we have in each others products, the first of what we both hope will be a series of collaborations has been agreed. I know I am not speaking out of turn when I say that from mid January onwards, or as soon as their new stock is available for sale, all new orders of Omega rollerball kits from Taylors Mirfield will be supplied with Beaufort Ink refills as standard, thereby making what is already an outstanding pen kit into an outstanding writing instrument.
There will be more news on further collaborations in the fullness of time, and I will also bring news on further developments at Beaufort Ink as they happen.
In the meantime, a happy New Year to one and all.