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Kea Clipless Custom Fountain Pen - in Jade Green Acrylic.

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A
bout the Kea:
The pen is named after Mauna Kea, one of the Hawaiian mountain peaks. While Everest is officially the highest mountain in the world, Mauna Kea located on the island of Hawaii is actually the tallest. It's listed as the third tallest, only because most of it is under water, and thus not counted in its total height. This pen is so named because of the tall tapered finial.

Kea Dimensions:
The Kea has an average (capped) length of about 6". It can be ordered in any of the materials shown or you can select something different to make the pen your own. The clip is now available in nickel or 24k gold finishes. The pen uses a Cartridge/Converter inking system, but could be ordered with a special rubber o-ring that would seal the section to the barrel so it can be used as an eyedropper. It can be ordered with either a #5 or #6 nib. Nib finishes are 2-tone, polished steel, Black Oxide (#6 only), or Ruthenium (#5 only). Current tip sizes are fine, medium, broad, and italic and 1.1 and 1.4 (#5 only) or 1.5 (#6 only).

Kea Options and Upgrades:
The Kea is much like the Nazca in that you have quite a few upgrade options. You can add metal accent bands at various location on the pen, such as the section or finial for just a little touch of flash. Or you can add one or several to the base of the cap. I now have 24k gold bands in a variety of diameters and widths of 1, 2, 3, and 4mm. Inking systems currently available are cartridge/converter (C/C) and button-filler. Nib sizes are #5 or #6 (#6 standard), and finishes available are: polished steel, 2-tone, Ruthenium (#5 only) or Black Oxide (#6 only). Current tip sizes available are x-fine, fine, medium, broad, or two sizes of italic.

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 and dyed colors. The Pen Buttons are available for any of the clipless pens.



Special Features on this Pen:
This pen was ordered as a clipless, with a straight section, and with several sections to fit both #6 and #5 nibs. It also has a special MATTE finish on the nib (see "About the Material" below for details on how the finish was created).

About the Material:
This material is called Jade Green. It's one of the many CRUSHED acrylics that come in a large variety of colors. The crushed acrylics work nicely for pens because it doesn't have a defined pattern. So all the parts blend together very cohesively. The finish on this pen is a little more unique in that instead of wanted a high gloss finish, the client wanted a more muted matte finish. I achived the matte finish by first polishing it as usual, then cutting it back with a fine grit scotchbrite pad. The pad was able to "knock down" the finish and not leave a defined lines as regular sandpaper typically does.

Pen Specifications:
Color / Material: Jade Green Acrylic Acetate.
Length - Capped = 5.95" / Uncapped = 5.25".
Diameter - Barrel = .55" / Cap = .625.
Nib - #6 Steel Meister. 
Filling System: C/C.
Also available as a button-filler.