JEB's Churchill Custom Fountain Pen
in Feel Again Alumilite Acrylic.
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Drop down to the bottom of the page for info & specs for this pen.
About the Name:
This JEB's Churchill is another pen I recreated in homage to an iconic pen once made by the former Conway Stewart Pen Company. The original Conway Stewart Pen Company (CS) was located in England and was in opperation for over 100 years. But sadly they had to close their business in October 2014. If you're not familiar with the company and their pens, they were a British company that had been in operation since the very early 1900's with more than two dozen different pen styles to their credit over their many years in business. Their most famous tag lines was "they made the pens for the Queen". Contrary to what many may believe, the name "Conway Stewart" did NOT come from the name of the founder of the company, but rather it was believed to have been derived from a popular vaudeville act of the day. Eventually the original materials and parts were sold off and made available on the open market. Many of those original materials are still available, while others are being reproduced by the original UK manufacturer. If you have an interest in having a replica of a CS pen made,
please send me an email. If you would like to read more into the history of The Conway Stewart Pen Company, you can find additional information at wikipedia.org/Conway-Stewart.
This pen of course was based on the iconic CHURCHILL--named after Sir Winston Churchill--CS even used his photo in their advertising. And while several of their pen styles had variations or different iterations over the years, the Churchill always stayed true to the original design throughout the years. My homage pen has a few subtle differences. Most were due to the the available hardware, but some were intentional in order to set it apart from the original.
So why make a homage or "look a like" pen? One reason is because I've always been an admirer of several of the CS pens. And when some of their original material became available a few years after they went out of business, I decided I wanted to try and make a few pens based on some of those original styles.
Another reason is because CS pens are still sought by fans and followers, and although they are not "the real thing", it allows me to offer them an alternative to pens that are no longer available. Yet another is the option of being able to have a pen in other non-CS materials that were never used for CS pens allowing a customer to have truly unique and one of a kind pen.
JEB's Churchill Dimensions:
The most outstanding feature of the original Churchill was the (large) size. And although I had to make a few compromises to my version due to the available hardware, my goal was to try and stay as close to the original design as possible--especially with the "writing portion" of the pen (barrel & section).
The main compromise I had to make was with the cap diameter. The CS Churchill had a very large diameter cap at 11/16" (17.5mm). But the largest diameter band available were only 5/8". So my cap diameter is 5/8" (15.9mm). But the difference is only 1/16" (1.6mm). But because of the smaller diameter cap, this pen will NOT post like the original. But the pen is such a large size, I can't picture anyone would want to post the cap anyway. The other main compromise I had to make was with the overall closed (or capped) length. Although the original Churchill was a full-size pen, the capped length was short compared to other comparable sized pens. This short length was achieved by recessing the pen much further into the cap (with the nib reaching into the finial) than most other pens. And this was a feature CS used on several of their other pen styles too. But because of the reduced cap diameter (and the tenon needed for the lower band), I couldn't drill out the base of the cap deep enough for that recess--I had to stop just below the band. As a result, my closed length is a little longer*. The rest of the specs are similar: The uncapped length is about 5 1/2". The minimum diameter of the barrel is .55" (behind the threads), and tapers up to a max diameter of .59", before dropping down for the Blind-cap.
*Please note: because my pens are hand-made, the lengths of the various parts can vary from pen to pen. But if you want that original short closed length, the length of the center portion of the barrel could be reduced to get it closer.
A very minimal change I made that you may or may not notice, was the number of grooves on the finial. I used FOUR grooves on my pen instead of the five that CS used. Five grooves were hard to cut by hand and keep them evenly spaced, so I decided to use just four so it was just a little different.
One thing you will notice if you look closely, is that I'm using the ORIGINAL Churchill clip. One of my customers found a small supply of the clips for sale online and picked them up for me. So the Churchill will only be available with that original clip for a limited time until all the clips are gone (note: they are also used on the JEB's DURO).
NEW for 2021: I'm pleased to announce that the JEB's Churchill (and JEB's Duro) are now available with RHODIUM hardware! So now along with having your choice of materials, you also have a choice between two different hardware finishes (Gold or Rhodium).
Original CS Material is available:
A few material suppliers have been offering the original CS colors for quite some time now, and I've been keeping a small supply of the popular colors in stock. Some blanks are NOS, while other are NEW but come from the original manufacturer that is still using the original CS color formula's. So if you had a particular favorite of the original CS colors but it wasn't offered in the Churchill, now may be your opportunity to get one! Contact me using the link in the Contact & Info tab (above right) for a list of the currently available colors.
JEB's Churchill Options and Upgrades:
Just like the original, the JEB's Churchill doesn't allow for (or require) many additional upgrades or options. My standard version is offered as a C/C (cartridge/converter), but it can also be ordered in several upgrade options: Eyedropper, Button-filler or Lever-filler. The Eyedropper version is fitted with a special o-ring that seals the section and barrel. The stock steel nib could also be upgraded with a 14k or 18k gold nib to make your pen really special! AND like the original Churchill, you can order it in a Rollerball version too!
New Weighted Barrel Upgrade for 2022!
New for 2022, you can order your JEB's Churchill with a special weighted barrel.
I don't hear it often, but sometimes get the suggestion that a custom wished the pen was a little heavier. And for some reason, some equate the weight of the pen to its quality. Whether you prescribe to this or not, or just prefer a heavier pen--or would like to try one, now you can. The weighted barrel is about 20 grams heavier than the standard barrel, and can only be ordered in the C/C version.
I also offer a variety of hand-made Pen Props & Pen Buttons, as well as custom Cuff-Links and Button Covers. You can order a Pen Prop in the same 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. The Cuff-links and Button Covers can also be ordered to match your pen. I have a variety of styles and finishes in the Cuff-links. The Button Covers are available in gold and nickel.
About this Pen and/or Material:
The material the customer selected for this pen turned out to be a bit of a surprise. What looked like black in the suppliers photo's, actually turned out to be a transparent smoke. As a result, it allowed the material to have a little depth in the colors that it might not of had if it was an opaque black. But the smoke color makes it opaque enough that you can't see the ink or converter through it. The only concern I would raise with using this material again is that it was VERY soft. So soft in fact it took several attempts to cut the fine threads on the barrel. I informed the customer, and she wanted to proceed. But I raised my concerns about the threads holding up over time with repetitive use.
This Pens Specifications:
Color / Material: Primary: Feel Again Alumilite Acrylic.
Secondary: Solid Black Acrylic Acetate.
Length: Capped 6.0" / Uncapped 5.52".
Diameter: Barrel max .593" min .563" / Cap .625".
Clip: Rhodium finish original CS.
Bands: Rhodium plated brass.
Nib: #6 Smooth Face Polished Steel Jowo.
Filling System: Standard C/C.
Also available as: Eyedropper; Button or Lever-filler.