Loa Custom Fountain Pen - in White Marble Acrylic.
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About the Loa:
The Loa is named after MOUNT LOA, one of the many mountains on the island of Hawaii. Mauna Loa is also a volcano, and is said to be the largest mountain on Earth in terms of volume. Since this round-top pen probably has the largest diameter cap of all my styles, and a nice wide rounded finial, I though the name appropriate.
The Loa is like the KEA on steroids. It has a length of about 6", but has a much larger diameter. The finial and barrel end have a nice rounded shape. It has stepped threads, and a pinched style section.
The Loa can be ordered in any of the materials shown or you can select something different to make the pen your own. The clip is available in a variety of finishes (nickel chrome, 24k gold and Gunmetal) with similar finishes available for the nib. The standard pen uses a Cartridge/Converter inking system, but can be upgraded to a piston or button filler. If you like to use the pen as an eyedropper, you can order it with a special rubber o-ring that seals the section to the barrel so it can be filled directly with ink. The larger #6 nib is the best size for the Loa, but it could be ordered with a #5 if desired. 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.
Loa Options and Upgrades:
The Loa is another pen style that allows for a few upgrade options. You can add metal accent bands at various location on the pen such as on the section or cap finial for just a little touch of flash. You can add one or several to the base of the cap, or add a blind-cap and band to the end of the barrel. I have smooth 24k gold bands in a variety of diameters with widths from 1 to 4mm. Inking system upgrades currently available are piston or button-filler. As stated above, you can also upgrade your pen with a 14k or 18k gold nib.
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 "White Marble" and is an Acrylic Acetate. The pattern is called (yea, you guessed it!) "marble". As you can surmise, it's so named because it resembles the look of natural marble. It has a mix of white and pearl creating a consistent pattern and color thoughout. As you can see in the closeup photo of the section, the material also has a bit of transparancy to it as it gets thinner. This type of pattern is nice for making multiple pen parts because there is no pattern matching necessary. The pattern is consistent thoughout so it allows all the parts to blend together seamlessly.
Color / Material: White Marble Acrylic.
Length - Capped = 6 1/8" / Uncapped = 5 3/8".
Diameter - Barrel = .57" / Cap = .65.
Nib - #6 Polished Steel Meister.
Clip - Chrome plated steel.
Ink system: C/C.