Materials... Pens can be ordered in your choice of acrylics, or now in a wood & acrylic combination. If you have something specific already in mind, let me know. If you would like to review the colors and patterns that are available, I can forward you links to the suppliers that I use to review what is available.
Inking system... When I first introduced the PFP, I offered it in a choice of inking systems. I've since found that most clients would prefer to have the various inking options available to them, so instead of an either or option, the PFP's come with a standard setup for using either a standard 1 1/2" long (Short International) disposable cartridge, or as an eye dropper (direct filling method) with the front section fitted with an o-ring.
Converter options... For a while, I was including a customized mini piston converter, but the company recently switched manufacturers and changed the specs slightly. Apparently one of those changes was to the opening (that fits onto the nib housing nipple), so not it no longer fits the #5 nibs securely. As a result, I had to discontinue using them. But as Seinfeld was fond of saying, things always even out. I recently found a mini squeeze converter that will work, but it's slightly longer than the piston converter. So if you order the longer 2" barrel (instead of the standard 1 1/2"), you can use the squeeze converter. So if you would like one of these included with your pen, let me know when you place your order, so I can make the appropriate changes.
NOTE: Due to the cost of the squeeze converters and since not everyone will want one, in order to keep the price of the PFP as low as possible, I am offering the squeeze converters as an upgrade option, so there will be a slight upcharge when they are requested.
A little helper included... I've made mention elsewhere on my website and in emails to clients that a long needle syringe can be a very helpful tool to have on hand when filling a fountain pen. I use to use them many year ago to fill the ink cartridges for my computer printer. I eventually gave that up, but I kept the syringes (they work great for small gluing applications in the workshop). Then when I got into pen making, I found them useful for filling fountain pens and would always recommended them. But now instead of just recommending them, I decided to stock some and include one with the mini pens. So if you order a PFP, it will include a long needle 5ml volume syringe.
Nib size (updated)... To keep the pen as short as possible, I've elected to use the smaller #5 steel nib. If you prefer the larger #6, it can be ordered, but the pen cap must be made longer (by 1/4") to accommodate it. For the standard #5 nib in polished steel, 2-tone, or Ruthenium, you now have a choice of SIX different tip sizes: EF (extra-fine), fine, medium, Broad, and 1.1 or 1.4 Italic. You can choose from either , and in your choice of polished steel, 2-tone, or Ruthenium finishes. The Ruthenium is a dark black-chrome like finish. If you want something out of the ordinary, I also offer a perforated steel nib that can add a sleek modern look to the pen, but it is only available in a medium tip. See the Rainbow Swirl PFP below for a photo of that tip.
Thanks for taking a look! If you'd like to investigate ordering a PFP for yourself or as a gift for someone, please send me an email to discuss your options.
This information was last updated: August 2013.