PFP Custom Clipless POCKET Fountain Pen - in Rocky Road* Lucite Acrylic.
*Material Update: In the past, I've had to inform a few interested customers that this material was no longer available.
But I recently found the same material available from another supplier under a different name. It's still the same beautiful LUCITE acrylic as the original Rocky Road, but is now called "Coffee Cream". So if you wanted a pen made with this beautiful
material and I haven't contacted you with this update, please email me. I'd be glad to renew your order.
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Below is a Pen made with the new "Coffee Cream" Lucite. As you can see, it's still the same beautiful material!
One of the phsical characteristics I found with this Lucite is that it can be pretty transparent at places where
it doesn't have much of the
secondary colors (the brown and white swirls). The result of this can be seen in
the SECTION where it looks darker than the rest of the parts. That's because the black nib housing is showing
through the Lucite. While this client didn't elect for this option, this can be remidied by PAINTING the inside
of the section with white paint to make it opaque. I've included a painting example that shows the difference.
Specifications and material information about this pen are listed below.
About the Name:
I had a little trouble coming up with a name for this one using my standard naming scheme (names from the worlds tallest mountain peaks). I wanted it to reflect the style of the pen, but also wanted it short to reflect the pens size. Looking through the list of (mountain) names, there just wasn't anything that fit. So I decided I had to come up with something different, but a name that would still fit the pen and would be easily recognizable. After carrying it around in my pocket for a few days, it finally hit me, and I had the perfect name-- The "PFP" (short for "Pocket Fountain Pen"). OK, it may sound a little lame at first, and not very imaginative, but it fits perfectly and after a while I thought it sounded kind of catchy.
About the PFP:
Originally, this pen was just to be an exercise to see if I could make such a small pen, but once I showed it around, it was so well received (and desired) that I decided to add it to my line-up permanently. And as you can see from all the colors, it has since become one of my most popular pens.
Design Idea... OK, I'll admit, it's not a totally new design, but rather my take on a the old Stipula Passaporto. A friend sent me a Passaporto, and I fell in love with it! Now that I'm in my retirement years (retired from my OLD 9-5 job that is), I'm not much of a suit and tie guy anymore (only an occasional sport coat), so I need a fountain pen that travels well with casual clothes. Clip pens are OK if I have a shirt pocket or I'm wearing a sport coat, but I don't always wear those. I use to carry one of the original "Bullet" pens (a stubby football shaped ballpoint). But being into fountain pens, I wanted a portable fountain pen that I could easily carry AND use. So started looking around to see what was out there, and found their weren't many. I mentioned it to a friend and he told me about his Passaporto. It just so happened that he didn't use it, so he offered it to me. Once I started using it, it didn't take long to fall in love with it. Besides being handy, it's also a great conversation piece. So whenever I pull it out of my pocket, it stirs a conversation about pens and gives me a prefect segway into a sales pitch! But what isn't good, (and it always comes up), is when people inquire about the Passaporto, and ultimately ask if I made it. Of course although I hated to say it, I had to say no. Not a good answer from a custom pen maker. So after having to say that too many times, I decided I needed to come up with my own pocket fountain pen. Something that I felt was a more suitable calling card. So this pen is my take on the Passaporto. NOTE: Stipula has since changed their design and eliminated the posting threads on the barrel.
The overall target specs for the pen are: 3.75" capped, 5.25" posted (with #5 nib). Maximum diameter is about .62". Because it's a hand-made pen, the specs can vary slightly based on the desired shape and hardware used. The standard PFP uses a #5 nib, but can be ordered with the larger #6 nib. However it will require a slightly longer cap. The barrel length can also be adjusted (longer) if desired.
Options & Ordering Parameter:
As stated earlier, the PFP can be special ordered in your choice of material, color or pattern. The pens shown here are examples of previously ordered pens, but most of the colors can also be reordered. As you can see from the examples below, the pen can also be modified in a variety of ways, allowing you to create your own unique one of a kind pen. Many of the alternate styles shown were custom orders from previous clients. So if you have a favorite style, color or pattern you would like, please contact me to discuss your preferences.
The PFP is also available in a Flat-top version with a sturdy CLIP that makes it handy for securing in a hip pocket, purse, computer bag, or knapsack. A few samples of the clip version is also shown below. Please note that the standard round-end style can not be ordered with a clip.
The PFP was originally made specifically as an Eyedropper. It includes a special rubber o-ring on the section that seals the ink inside the barrel. The o-ring eliminates the need for using silicone on the threads in order to seal the barrel. However the pen is also made to accept a standard (short) disposable cartridge or a mini-squeeze converter. Each pen comes ready to use in any of the three inking options. It comes with a pair of disposable cartridges (one blue and one black), a mini squeeze converter, and several spare o-rings.
Other JEB's PENs Offerings...
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. Other new items available are cuff-links and button covers. Both can be ordered with acrylic centers that match your custom pen.
About this Pen and Material:
This Pen was made from some beautiful Lucite blanks appropriately called "Rocky Road". As with most photo's, these don't show the true beauty and depth of color of this material! It has a cream white base with white, caramel and chocolate brown swirls.
As with all custom pens, the PFP can be ordered in your choice of materials in any of the colors shown, or from one of thousands of materials that are available-- including matural woods with acrylic accents. If you would like to review the list of materials available, please email me. If you are looking for a particular color or pattern, I'd be happy to help you find it.
This Pen's Specifications:
Color / Material: Rocky Road Lucite.
Length: Capped = 3.91" / Uncapped = 3.59" / Posted: 5.34".
Diameter: Center = .628" / Barrel end = .50" / Cap end = .48".
Weight (capped w/o ink): 14.3 g. / .50oz.
Nib: 2-tone Steel #5 Meister.
Filling System: Cartridge / Eyedropper.