Lhotse Clipless Custom Fountain Pens:

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bout 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.

Lhotse Dimensions:
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.

Lhotse MAGNUM:
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 M1000, as does Bock in their type 380. But both are only available in 18k, so the upgrade cost would be much more expensive vs the standard #6 steel 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.

(Click the pens below to see additional photo's and specifications)

Tortoise Shell
Tortoise-shell Lhotse
Sapphire Blue
Sapphire-Blue Lhotse
Bronze Pearl
Bronze-Pearl Lhotse
Alumilite Acrylic
Abalone Lhotse


Lignum Vitae wood/acrylic
Lignum-Vitae Lhotse
Meringue Acrylic
Meringue Lhotse
Retro Gold Acrylic
(Tortoise pattern)
Retro-Gold Lhotse
Carrot Acrylic
Carrot Lhotse


Clear Acrylic
Clear Lhotse Bulb-filler
Lt-Blue Giraffe
Lt Blue Giraffe Glow Lhotse
Carrot Acrylic
w/Pilot Falcon
Section & Nib
Carrot-2 Lhotse
Black Ebonite
w/Pilot Falcon
Section & Nib
Black Ebonite Lhotse with Pilot Section & Nib

Urushi Red
Urushi Red hotse
Purple Alumilite
Purple AlumiliteLhotse
Omas L'Acqua Acrylic
Omas L'Acqua Lhotse
Yellow Jacket
Acrylic Roller-ball
Yellow-Jacket Rollerball Lhotse


Grass-Blackberry Ebonite Lhotse
Light Sapphire
Acrylic Mini
Light-Sapphire Mini Lhotse
Urushi Red
with Flat-ends
Urushi Red Flat-end Lhotse
Yellow Jacket Acrylic
RB Pen Holder
Yellow-Jacket Rollerball-holder Lhotse



Black & Yellow
Black-Yellow Eboniter Lhotse Magnum

Pele's Hair

Pele's Hairr Lhotse Magnum

Ocean Mist

Ocean Mist Lhotse Magnum

Arterial Polyester

Arterial Polyester Lhotse Magnum


Silver Banana Split

Silver Banana Split Lhotse Magnum

Red & Blue

Red & Blue Lhotse Magnum

Sand Dune Camo

Sand Dune Camo Lhotse Magnum


Pen photo place-holder

Magnum Bulb-fillers

Solid Black

Solid Black Lhotse Magnum Bulb-filler.

Solid Black Acrylic
w/Gold Acylic Band

Solid Black Lhotse Magnum Bulb-filler with Gold Acrylic Band.

CS Scarlet Whirl
Acrylic Bulb-filler

Scarlet Whirl Lhotse Magnum Bulb-filler.

Born on the Bayou
w/Gold Acylic Band

Born-on-the-Bayou Lhotse Magnum Bulb-filler.