Lhotse Custom Clipless Fountain Pen - in Black Ebonite.
Featuring Pilot Falcon Section and Nib.
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About 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.
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.
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.
About this Pen:
This pen was another custom order with a special request to reuse the Section and Nib from a Pilot Falcon. As I explained in the previous project (see the Carrot Lhotse), many of the manufactured pens don't use an easily replaceable nib unit like the Jowo's. So if you want to use the nib in another pen, you have to use the Section also. The other hurdle to over come as I explained before is with the non-standard threads on the Section. So again, I had trim off the original threads, then re-cut new threads that would match the Lhotse barrel threads. Since I'd done it before, this one was a little easier. I just had to be patient cutting the threads so I didn't crack the acrylic.
About this Material:
For this pen, black SEM ebonite was used in order to match the Section's black acrylic. If you're not familiar with Ebonite, it's a very hard material made by vulcanizing rubber. It was the precursor to acrylic and was a popular material used at the turn of the century for most everything that is now made with acrylics. But Ebonite is still widely used today. One of the most notable products Ebonite is used for that everyone can relate to is a bowling ball. But it's still a favored material of many pen aficionado's. Like acrylic, it's available in a variety of colors, but the patterns of Ebonite are quite limited. Typically you'll only find it in solid colors and just a few pattern styles.
This Pens Specifications:
Color / Material: Black SEM Ebonite.
Length: Capped 5.42" / Uncapped 5.0".
Diameter: max .57" / min .50".
Weight (gms): Capped 16.9 / Uncapped 11.9.
Nib: 14k Gold Rhodium finish Pilot Flacon.
Filling System: Pilot converter.