Custom Lhotse Roller-ball HOLDER with Clip - in Yellow Jacket acrylic.
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New Parts Added:
The original pen was made in June 2014.
This year (2020), the client contacted me to ask
if it was possible to add a fountain pen nib and section. Unfortunately, the original cap
(with the clip) was a tad too short (the finial threads were in the way), so he ask that I
make a clipless cap. The new cap was drilled out to accept the new fountain pen parts
all of the original sections just like the original cap.
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.
The Lhotse MAGNUM is a larger version of the Lhotse that is 18% larger. The MAGNUM has a capped length of 6 1/2" (165 mm) and a diameter of .71" (18 mm). The threads are also larger than the original to maintain the scale. The only part of the pen that isn't scaled up is the nib. The MAGNUM uses the same #6 nib as the original size. This is because a larger nib isn't available in steel. But if you would prefer a larger nib, PELIKAN offers a larger nib in their 100, but it's not available in steel, so the upgrade cost would be much more expensive vs the standard size nib.
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, The Lhotse is not very conducive to adding a blind-cap for a piston or button filler. But it can be ordered as Lever-filler, Bulb-filler, or 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. And rather than a fountain pen, it's a type of "Roller-ball pen. But rather than just being a regular roller-ball pen, this one is made to house several brands of roller-ball PENS. You simply remove the cap, and insert the entire pen (without the cap) just as you would a refill. The client wanted the freedom to use a variety of refills in the same pen, so I made it to house FIVE different brands of Roller-balls. It's also thicker and longer than the standard Lhotse AND includes a clip, but has the same cigar shape.
About this Material:
The material used on this pen is a standard acrylic acetate in a two-color SWIRL pattern.
The color is called Yellow Jacket (or Tuscan Sun). It's a bright yellow-gold with black lines throughout.
Color / Material: Yellow Jacket acrylic acetate.
Length: Capped 6.25" / Uncapped (Rollerball) 5.625" / Uncapped (FP) 5.88".
Diameter: Cap top .565" / Middle .64" / Barrel end .565".
Weight (max w-refills): Capped 27.1 gms / Uncapped 13.3 gms.
Clip: 24k Gold Triton. FP Nib: EF Ruthenium Steel #6 Jowo.
Refills: Vision Elite, Vision Micro, Vision Needle, Uni Super Ink, and Staedler Liquid Point.