Kamet Custom Fountain Pen - in Sand Ebonite.
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Shown below with Gunmetal Clip and Ruthenium Nib:
About the Name:
The Kamet is named after MOUNT KAMET, the second highest mountain in Garhwal region of India, and the highest summit in Zaskar region, which lies north of the main chain of the Himalaya. Kamet is the third highest mountain in it's (Indian controlled) territory and is rank the 29th highest in the world. In appearance it resembles a giant pyramid topped by a flat summit area with two peaks.
About the Kamet:
The most prominent feature of the Kamet is the two-tone color design. It's a great style that you can use with your imagination to come up with a unique color combination. The pen is about 6" long capped, and 5.25" uncapped. It has a slightly larger diameter cap (compared to the barrel) and a flat finial. It comes with a #6 nib that is available in a variety of finishes and tip sizes in both steel and gold (inquire for current availability of sizes). The clip is also available in a variety of finishes so it can be coordinated with your material or nib finish. The Kamet can be ordered to be used as a c/c, eyedropper, or button filler.
Kamet Options and Upgrades:
The Kamet is another pen style that allows for a few upgrades and options. You could add metal accent bands to the section, finial, or base of the cap. You could also add a blind-cap with a band to the end of the barrel. The accent bands are available in several finishes (24k gold, nickel or Rhodium, and come in a variety of diameters with widths from 1 to 4mm (in 1mm increments). As stated above, you can also upgrade your pen with a 14k or 18k gold nib.
Inking system upgrades... The secondary color on the end of the barrel is installed with a blind-cap, so the Kamet is all set for easily adding a button-filler upgrade-- you could even order it as a standard c/c, then upgrade it later if you like. You could also upgrade it to a PISTON-filler (however that upgrade could not be added later because it requires a different internal setup for the parts).
I also offer a variety of hand-made Pen Props and Pen Buttons. You can order a Pen Prop in a material to match your pen, or any one of the wooden styles made in a variety of stained or dyed colors. The Pen Buttons are available for any of the clipless pens.
About this Material:
This material is called EBONITE, which is a very hard material made by vulcanizing rubber. If you're not familiar with Ebonite, it was the precursor to acrylic and was a popular material used at the turn of the century for most everything that is now made from acrylics. But Ebonite is still widely used today. The most notable product Ebonite is used for is bowling balls. And just like is acrylic, it's available in a variety of colors and patterns.
GRADES of Ebonite... Their are various quality grades of ebonite. The Ebonite used here is one of the highest quality grades available that I purchased directly from the manufacturer in Germany. Lessor grades of ebonite usually come out of China, India or Japan. Buying direct allowed me to order colors I like, or that you usually wouldn't find elsewhere, such as the Grass & Blackberry I used here. Unfortunately though, it's also more expensive due to the minimum quantities and currency exchange. rates.
The colors... It's a little unusual, but BOTH of the two materials used here are called SAND. This manufacturer makes three different types of material: the solid colors, and two patterns called mottled and marbled. Other than a few exceptions in the mottled where they use two colors, both patterns are made with a solid color mixed with black. So they simply call the pattern colors by the base color mixed with the black. So in this case, both the solid and the mottled are called SAND.
Other available colors... The manufacturer offers quite a variety of colors. They have a total of 17 solid base colors. Then those 17 base colors are mixed with black and offered in two different patterns. The first is the mottled pattern (as was used on this pen), the second pattern is called marble. The mottled is also available in three colors (two base colors and black) which is what was used here. The two patterns look similar on the outside of the raw rod blanks, but on the ends the mottled pattern resembles a flower, while the marbled end pattern is circular. If you'd like to see samples of all the colors available, I created a web page that you can view here: SEM EBONITE.
This Pen's Specifications:
Material: SEM (German) Ebonite.
Color: Mottled Sand with Solid Sand Accents.
Length: Capped 6" / Uncapped 5.26".
Diameter: Barrel= .575" / Cap .61.
Clip: 24k Gold or Gunmetal.
Nib:#6 2-Tone or Ruthenium Steel Meister.
Ink system available: c/c or button-filler.