Lhotse Custom Clipless Fountain Pen - in Carrot Acrylic.

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Carrot Lhotse Side A (capped) Carrot Lhotse Side A (uncapped) Carrot Lhotse Side A (close-up)
Side A / capped Side A / uncapped Side A / close-up
Carrot Lhotse Side B (capped) Carrot Lhotse Side B (uncapped) Carrot Lhotse Side B (close-up)
Side B / capped Side B / uncapped Side B / close-up
Carrot Lhotse Side C (capped) Carrot Lhotse Side C (uncapped) Carrot Lhotse Side C (close-up)
Side C / capped Side C / uncapped Side C / close-up


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.

About this Material:
As stated at the top, this material is called "carrot". The material is unique in that it includes several layers of gold Mylar sandwiched between the semi-transparent acrylic. The semi-transparent base material has a small amount of black mixed in, but still allows the gold foil to show through the acrylic layers, which then creates the patterns you see in the photo's. In order to show the material properly, I included several photo's of each view so you can see the pattern from three different sides: sides B & C show the two sides of the Mylar layer, while side A shows the side view of the Mylar. Since it's a very thin sheet, so you can't really see it in the EDGE view-- it would be like looking at a sheet of paper from it's edge.

About the Color Name:
Looking at the square foil layered pen blanks, it was hard to understand why this color was called "carrot". It wasn't shaped or look like a carrot, or would it remind you of one. But once I started turning a blank, it became perfectly clear where the name came in! As the blank was turned round, the perect "carrot orange" color became visible! The combination of foil and color layers created the perfect color of an orange carrot (see HERE).

Pen Specifications:
Color / Material:
Carrot acrylic.
Length: Capped = 5.57" / Uncapped = 5.12".
Diameter: Max = .60" / Ends = .58".
Nib: Meister #6 2-tone steel.
Filling System: C/C.