Working With Indian Ebonite

Sometimes you just have to try something you haven't used before. I have used ebonite in the past and like its properties for making pens, but it has been the Japanese or German ebonite. I saw a listing for some Indian ebonite in interesting colors and decided to buy and try it. The result has been pretty good, although this particular pen has what appears to be several small metal inclusions (small sparkling particles). I designed it as a very simple Japanese style pen with no clip; the section is German red Cumberland ebonite. The pen is 15.4mm in diameter (5/8") and 150mm long (5 15/16"). This one goes for a song: $165 plus shipping. Your choice of #6 JoWo nib in Polished, Dual Tone Gold, Ruthenium, or Black Oxide EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, 1.5mm market availability depending. Please contact me if interested









A New Roller Ball Pen

I have been working on an updated roller ball pen design and think the result is pleasing. The pen below was originally designed of Schmidt roller ball cartridges, but I can modify it to use Pelican and Gel cartridges if you are interested.

The pen is made from a three color Alumilite casting by Bob Dupras. It is 126mm (4 14/16") long and 14.8mm (19/32") in diameter. It is a flush sided pen. The pen price is $195 plus shipping. Contact me at if you are interested.

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Interesting New Pens With a Twist

I use fountain pens all the time. One of the rituals of filling a pen that seemed a bit bothersome to me is unscrewing and removing the section from the pen body to get to the converter filler twist knob. The annoyance usually comes if you haven't done a thorough job of cleaning the section after dipping it in the ink well for filling and you end up with ink all over your fingers after you screw the section back into the body of the pen. The pen below deals with that problem in two ways. First it has a long section, which, besides providing a longer grip area, means a cleaner more visible submersion in the ink well. The body has been modified to allow a cap over the cartridge converter end to be unscrewed for access to the filler twist knob. Now you don"t have to remove the section to clean and refill the cartridge converter.

This pen done in Rite of Spring Alumilite, cast by Bob Dupras, with a bright yellow alumilite finial, is a flush side pen 15.8mm (5/8") in diameter and 150 mm (5 15/16") long; your choice of #6 JoWo steel nib in Polished, Gold Dual tone, Ruthenium, or  Black Oxide in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, 1.5mm depending on market availability. Price is $235 plus shipping. If interested, email me at








Along the same lines is a fountain pen done in Sea Seas Alumilite, cast by Bob Dupras, with silver alumilite trim. In addition to having silver finials on each end, this pen has a silver ring to highlight where to unscrew the end of the body to access the compact converter filler twist knob. The pen is cap dominant 16.6mm (11/16" OD) and the body is 15.8mm (approximately 5/8"). The body is tapered towards the from so that the cap actually screws over top of the body. The pen is 149mm (approximately 5 15/16") long; your choice of #6 JoWo steel nib in Polished, Gold Dual tone, Ruthenium, or Black Oxide in EF, F, M, B, 1.1mm, 1.5mm depending on market availability. Price is $255 plus shipping. If interested, email me at










Alumilite Fountain Pen in Lovely Green and Copper

I recently completed a customer pen (my Chiosa model) using a Bob Dupras' custom alumilite blank with green and copper coloring. This has proven to be a popular color and I now have it in a lighter green as well. This pen includes a 14K Rhodium plated gold nib with a left oblique grind with additional flex (not done by me). With a triple start thread on the body and the cap there are plenty of opportunities for variation in the cap and body patterns - not a dull pen.JackW Green Copper Alumilitev1 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev2 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev4 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev5 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev6 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev7 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev8 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev9 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev10 JackW Green Copper Alumilitev11

The View From My Shop Window

Fall is one of my favorite times of the year. In my uninsulated shop it is the beginning of the end of the easy days of mild temperatures. Still, looking out the window, dirty as it may be, I am reminded that loveliest handiwork of all is always there for me to see. I am inspired by the colors and am truly thankful I have my shop in such a nice location. Being your own boss isn't too bad either. As we move into the season of thanksgiving and the holiday season don't forget that kind words and consideration are as valuable as anything we can buy.

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Busy Making Roller Ball Pens

My first love is making fountain pens. On the other hand, sometimes it is hard to resist a challenge when someone asks you for something you haven't made before, especially if there are size limitations for the pen. So I drew up some plans and got started. After a month or two (I work on multiple projects) I have come up with four variations. Three (the two tortoise and the reddish-brown pens) use standard 110mm Schmidt roller ball cartridges, and the fourth (white, turquoise / aqua, and dark blue) uses a Schmidt roller ball section with a cartridge converter. Take a look and see what you think. The Tortoise and reddish-brown versions are about 125mm long; the white / turquoise / dark blue is about 150 mm long (more like a large fountain pen).RollerballCCv1 RollerballCCv2 RollerballCCv3 RollerballCCv4 TamasPrototype1v1 TamasPrototype1v2 TamasPrototype2v1 TamasPrototype2v2 TamasPrototype2v3 TamasPrototype2v4 TamasRollerballCapAdjacentv5 TamasRollerballP3clipviewv2 TamasRollerballP3Postedv4 TamasRollerballP3Sectionv3 TamasRollerBallP3v1

Recent New Commissions and a Desk Pen for Myself

One of the things I like about alumilite is the broad range of options you have in colors, colors you can "paint in" when you are making custom pens. I have worked closely with Bob Dupras to develop alumilite blanks that provide color transitions to make them interesting. Greens and blues are my favorites, with a splash of precious metal color. I decided to showcase as much of the transition of two pen blanks as I could by making a desk pen for myself (the green pen); I also find the longer pens easier to write with. The blue fountain pen I made for my favorite Aunt, who is in her nineties and still writes. This other pair is done in purple and gold Flexigran, but different in style. Neither pen has a clip because clips were not desired. On the smaller pen with the rounded finials, I worked with Bob Dupras to come up with a solid alumilite color for the finials and the section close to but not exactly the same color of purple of the Flexigran. The other larger pen has the single finial done in Italian resin.VenetianGPV9 VenetianGPV7 VenetianGPV5 VenetianGPV3 SeaBluePen6 SeaBluePen4 SeaBluePen3 SeaBluePen1 PG FlexigranV6 PG FlexigranV5 PG FlexigranV3 PG FlexigranV1 CG Desk PenV6 CG Desk PenV5 CG Desk PenV4 CG Desk PenV2