Lhotse MAGNUM Custom Clipless Fountain Pen - in Black & Yellow Swirl Ebonite
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About the Name:
The Lhotse (pronounced "loat---as in goat-- say") is named after Mount Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain on earth. Lhotse is best known for its proximity to mount Everest and the fact that climbers ascending the "standard route" on that peak spend some time on its northwest face. And in fact Lhotse has the smallest topographical prominence value of any the other mountains in it's group.
The Lhotse shape is known as a "cigar", and is one of the most iconic and popular clipless fountain pen styles ever made. It has a gradual taper from the center (joint) out to either end, ending in a nice round-over. The clipless style and short length allows the pen to be very portable. It can easily fit in a pocket, purse, briefcase or knapsack. The standard length is about 5 1/2", but it can be ordered in any custom size between 5" and 6" (or even longer if desired). The pen uses a standard Cartridge/Converter inking system. It can be fitted with a #5 or #6 nib. Nib finishes available for STEEL nibs are: 2-tone, polished steel, Black Oxide (#6 only), or Ruthenium (#5 only). Current tip sizes are x-fine, fine, medium, broad, and two italics (1.1 both; 1.4 for #5 only, and 1.5 for #6 only). 14 & 18K Gold nibs are also available as a special order.
Lhotse Options and Upgrades:
The Lhotse is another pen style that allows for a few upgrades and options. You could add metal accent bands to the base of the cap, or add a HIDDEN RING clip (see the Tortoise Shell). 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 (n 1mm increments). As stated above, you can also upgrade your pen with a 14k or 18k gold nib.
Inking system upgrades... Because of the style of the barrel, it's not very conducive to adding a blind-cap for a piston or button filler. So the only upgrade option available for the Nanga would be adding an o-ring so it could be used as an eyedropper.
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 Pen:
Like many of the pens, this one was a special order. The client wanted a specific shape and diameter, with a much longer length and thicker diameter than the standard Lhotse. This pen is also fitted with a Blue TRANSPARENT acrylic INK WINDOW, so the user can tell the amount of ink that's in the pen. The ink window allows you to see how much ink is remaining whether using a cartridge, a converter or as an eyedropper.
About this Material:
The material used on this pen is called EBONITE. Ebonite is a rubber based material that was the forerunner to acrylics. Before the advent of acrylics, Ebonite was one of the main materials used for fountain pens. Ebonite is heavier than acrylic, but since it's rubber based, it's softer, but actually harder to work than acrylics. But once mastered, (quality) Ebonite is a nice material to work with. It typically comes in either solid or mixed colors. Unfortunately, Ebonite is much more expensive than acrylics, but many old school fountain pen users still like the material.
Sources in the US are spotty at best. I like to use SEM Ebonite. It's denser than some of the cheaper Ebonites, which makes it nicer to turn. But it's one of the most expensive brands. It's made in Germany, so I try to order several pieces at a time in order to save on the overseas shipping. So if you're interested in an Ebonite pen, contact me for the current colors available.
Color / Material: Black & Yellow Swirl Ebonite.
Length: Capped = 6.25" / Uncapped = 5.51".
Diameter: Max = .65" / Ends = .50".
Weight: Capped 32.9 gms. Uncapped 21.2 gms.
Nib: Meister #6 2-tone steel.
Filling System: C/C.